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Uncovering and Addressing Racial Trauma

November 1, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Uncovering and Addressing Racial Trauma

Online Nov 1, 2020 | 12:30-4:30PM
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Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., Presenter

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, New York. Dr. Hardy presents workshops and provides consultations nationally and internationally on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competency. Dr. Hardy has published extensively in the area of diversity and has earned considerable public acclaim for the contributions of his numerous publications and videos including Psychological Residuals of Slavery and the Experts series which have made great strides toward challenging our society to think critically about issues of diversity and oppression. His recent book, with Tracey A. Laszloffy, is Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence. He was co-editor with Monica McGoldrick of Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd Edition).

Training Summary

Racial trauma is an inescapable by-product of persistent exposure to repressive circumstances that emotionally, psychologically, and physically devastates one’s sense of self while simultaneously depleting one’s strategies for coping. It is a life altering and debilitating experience that affects countless numbers of people of color over multiple generations. Unfortunately, the failure to consider the interrelationship between racial oppression and trauma limits our ability to work effectively with the People of Color who live in the midst of sociocultural conditions that are injurious to their psyches and souls. Even when clinical work is trauma informed, it rarely devotes adequate attention to racial oppression and the pervasive trauma associated with it.

This address will provide a comprehensive overview of the anatomy of racial trauma and the debilitating hidden wounds associated with it. Special attention will be devoted to highlighting trauma informed interventions and strategies that centralize race and racial oppression in every facet of the professional relationship. Issues of racial micro-aggressions and implicit bias will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
After attending this workshop participants will be able to:
1. Apply a racially sensitive, trauma-informed framework to uncover the hidden trauma wounds that often underpin the health disparities that stifle the lives of African Americans and other racially oppressed populations;
2. Effectively assess and address the hidden wounds of racial trauma;
3. List three strategies that workers can employ when working from an racially-sensitive, trauma-informed framework; and
4. Demonstrate how the unrecognized, unexplored, and/or unresolved racially-based attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of providers and other work personnel can often impede efforts to fully engage and serve racially
traumatized clients effectively.


November 1, 2020
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Camille Campbell