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Treating Racial Trauma in 2024:

A 2-Part Training Series for Mental Health and Allied Professionals

Drs. Gibson and Fatter provide seminars for mental health and allied health professionals who passionately treat BIPOC populations. They have found their seminars are favored among organizations who honor diversity while aiming to equip their staff and best serve their clients—particularly as it relates to identity, race, and racial trauma.

Dr. Gibson's seminar on racial trauma is often followed by Dr. Fatter's talk.

Their approach is gentle, eye opening, and insightful based on the comments received thus far from LPCs, LCSWs, psychologists, and LMFTs. The seminars referenced below typically take place virtually on 2 separate days so that audiences can thoughtfully reflect on what’s shared along with how they can apply the information professionally and personally.

Trainings are typically tailored to fit the need (1 hour or 3 hours) based on what’s most feasible. 

Dr. Lillian Gibson

Part 1: 

Calling a thing a thing: Racial Trauma

Demystifying and Understanding Racial Trauma: A model for healing and recovery

After a myriad of injustices in BIPOC communities many mental health clinicians are tasked with patching the covert wounds that arise from direct and indirect race based incidents. The webinar led by Dr. Gibson will focus on day-to-day factors that contribute to emotional distress resulting in trauma (many spanning across several generations). Mental health professionals will gain an opportunity to look at minority experiences from a cultural perspective that allows him/her/them to properly assess and treat racial trauma and minority stress from a biopsychosocial perspective. A case vignette is used to illustrate best practices to develop effective racial trauma interventions. Attendees also gain a greater understanding of generational trauma factors, vicarious trauma, microaggression classifications, and identity models that impact trauma experiences. The webinar is designed to educate, and empower professionals in their efforts to eradicate cultural incompetencies. Healing from racial trauma is possible when clinicians are armed with the proper tools to understand trauma experiences.   

Dr. Daphne Fatter

Part 2: 

Helping Healers Heal Others

A Self-Inquiry into Race Socialization & Internalized Whiteness for White Therapists Treating Racial Trauma 

Many White Americans view themselves as “raceless” and have received little training in clinical issues that can arise in treating racial trauma as a White mental health provider. This workshop will specifically focus on aspects of White racial socialization to help White therapists self-assess their own White racial identity as well as aspects of internalized whiteness. Dr. Fatter will describe ways White privilege and White fragility can show up in a therapy session and provide examples of specific types of microaggressions that can damage the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Fatter will discuss how to address racial identity with clients and ethical considerations when addressing clients with overtly racist views. Two experiential exercises will be used for self-examination towards becoming an anti-racist therapist. Case examples will be used regarding treating racial trauma as a White therapist.

Read Dr. Fatter's bio by clicking here:

What others are saying about the trainings

I strongly valued this experience and trusted that the presenter (Dr.Fatter) was walking the walk of anti-racist professionalism.​ Her presentation exceeded my expectations. 

The training and speaker (Dr. Gibson) were great. The presentation was thought provoking. It helped me think about more ways to assess for and consider racial trauma when meeting new clients. I like that she gave suggestions about how to bring these topics up and discussed helpful words to use.

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