If you work with African Americans, Native Americans, holocaust survivors and their descendants, intergenerational poverty, or refugees, then whether you realize it or not, your work is being influenced by the legacies of cultural and historical trauma. If your clients differ from you in the areas of race, culture, religion, sexuality, class or gender, your own biases are there as well. This workshop brings these issues out of the shadows and into consciousness, and opens a new path toward addressing the hidden grief of cultural and historical wounds. You’ll discover how to:
- Assess the impact of cultural and historical traumas on clients and yourself to improve clinical outcomes
- Move clients from reflexive reactivity to a conscious state of presence that allows for connection, fluidity, and coherence in the here and now
- Uncover the survival narrative, validate the trauma, and facilitate a strengths-based process of change with clients
- Maintain a therapeutic stance of cultural humility
Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, practices at The Center for Contextual Change, where she focuses on clients who’ve experienced trauma. She’s the creator of Integrative Trauma Recovery.