Ava DuVernay’s recent Netflix series When They See Us illuminates the story of the innocent Black men once known as the Central Park Five. The series explores the gendered anti-Black racism, disposability, and dehumanization that Black men such as George Floyd commonly experience and the resulting trauma. Further, getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young Black men in America. Trauma as a result of racism is a normative experience for many African-American men. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), “There is evidence that racism can exacerbate many psychiatric disorders, contributing to poor outcome, and that racial biases can affect diagnostic assessment” (p. 749). Growing empirical research has provided evidence that racism has a causal link to trauma which can have a negative influence on the mental, emotional, and physical health of African-American men. African-Americans who experienced racism are significantly more likely to experience symptoms of PTSD. Recent research suggests that multiple levels of racism, including interpersonal experiences of racial discrimination and the internalization of negative racial bias, operate jointly to accelerate biological aging among African-American men.
This workshop is designed to provide clinicians with a comprehensive understanding of racial trauma and African-American men. We will explore Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) as an intervention that can address racial trauma. An experiential component will include case conceptualization and EFIT that will be practiced in small groups so that you begin to feel more confident in your learning to address racial trauma and working with African-American men.
8:10 am – The webinar link will be open early to provide time to verify your connection
8:30 – 10:00– Overview: The link between present day racism and trauma. Historical context and its implications.
10:00 – 12:00 – The ways that race-based traumatic stress is potentially experienced by African-American men. The connection between PTSD, shame, and anger and its symptomology in African- American men. Coping mechanisms that African-American men commonly deploy to navigate racist experiences.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (No CE Credit)
1:00 – 1:45-– The etiology of minority stress, allostatic load, and Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) in African-American men.
1:45 – 4:30 – Case conceptualization and EFIT• EFIT interventions that address racial trauma and promote resiliency.
1. Identify four types of trauma that potentially impact African-American men.
2. Analyze two ways that race-based traumatic stress is potentially experienced by African-American men.
3. Identify two emotions that are correlated with trauma and PTSD.
4. Name two coping mechanisms that African-American men commonly deploy to navigate racist experiences.
5. Name five EFIT interventions that address racial trauma and promote resiliency.
WHO CAN ATTEND:
This workshop is open to persons who have completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy or an equivalent course.
Psychologists, MFT’s, LCSW’s, LPC’s and students and interns in these fields.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER:
Dr. Yamonte Cooper is a Professor of Counseling at El Camino College, adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Certified Gottman Therapist, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST). He specializes in working with couples, trauma, sexual dysfunctions, gender & sexual identity, depression & anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality issues, grief, and other mental health problems.
He is the author of the upcoming book Racial Trauma and African-American Men (Routledge). Further, as a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cooper exchanged best practices in career counseling and development in Germany and has exchanged best practices with higher education institutions in Botswana. He can be reached at dryamontecooper.com.
This program will take place via Zoom Video Conferencing.
Login details will be sent to you via email closer to the event date.
LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association (provider #41025550) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
LACEFT is also is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #131253) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s and LPC’s. LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Participants will earn 7 CE credits for attending the entire program. Partial credits will not be offered.
- $95.00-General registration
- $85.00- LACEFT member
Space is limited.
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Refunds, less a $25 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before August 29, 2020. We will not issue refunds that are requested after August 29, 2020.
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