Research shows that most people have a difficult time talking about race & racism. And as therapists, we’re no different.
Racial trauma is a common experience among people of color who seek therapy. Hemmings & Evans (2018) found that 71% of wellness professionals have encountered clients with race-based trauma, but few have received training in the assessment or treatment.
As wellness professionals and therapists...
You know it’s important to talk about racial trauma, but you’re unsure of how to identify it in the therapy room.
You recognize that not addressing race is problematic, but you don’t know how to lead the conversation.
You see how racism results in trauma, but you aren’t sure what therapeutic practices to use.
Feel more equipped to address race-based trauma and walk with clients in the healing process
As therapists and wellness professionals we need to learn how to care for our clients of color who have experienced race-based trauma.
Through the Healing Racial Trauma with Somatic Therapy online course you’ll learn how to assess for and treat racial trauma. Not only will you be equipped with therapeutic practices to care for your clients, but you’ll gain a greater understanding of race-based trauma. From your own implicit bias to everyday microaggressions, you’ll walk away with tools to identify your own blind spots, biases, and privilege so as to not harm your clients.
If you are a therapist or wellness professional who wants to deepen your understanding of racism as trauma and how to incorporate Somatic practices and other culturally-relevant interventions that bring the body and the heart into healing, this course is for you.
Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Chinwe Williams
Dr. Chinwe is a licensed EMDR and board certified therapist, with a focus on stress and anxiety management, trauma recovery, cultural awareness, and women’s wellness.
She is a published author and frequent guest on blogs and podcasts related to culture, race, and wellness. Chinwe has presented at numerous conferences on the topics of race-based trauma and racial equity in schools and in the workplace. She is also the owner of Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, a private practice in Roswell, GA.
Interested in having Chinwe speak at your upcoming event? Learn more and contact her here.
Erica Bonham is a certified EMDR clinician, consultant and trainer and is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado. She aspires to be a catalyst for change, justice, growth, evolution and all around badassery.
She specializes in serving the LGBTQ community, abuse recovery, and trauma related to social injustice, racial injustice and spiritual abuse. She incorporates her training as a yoga instructor and mindfulness practitioner to deepen clients’ healing of their bodies and specializes in somatic and attachment EMDR and ego state work. She is a published author, speaker and the creator of the course Healthy Hope: EMDR Best Practices for Healing Spiritual Trauma.
She seeks to get into good trouble to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy and is the owner and lead therapist at AVOS Counseling Center and Training Institute in Arvada, CO
Interested in having Erica speak at your upcoming event? Learn more and contact her here.
Please Note: As part of her own reparations work, 10% of Erica's profits from this course will be donated to the Loveland Foundation, an organization that connects Black girls and Black queer folks with Black therapists. Learn more about the Loveland Foundation.
Who is this course for?
who want to incorporate Somatic therapy for racial trauma healing in their practice.
who want to learn to identify and address race-based trauma in their clients.
Your Course Includes
10 easy-to-digest modules that will help you feel more confident working with racial trauma, training on body-based interventions that will leave you better prepared to work with clients impacted by race-based trauma, and accompanying handouts for each module.
Module 1: Foundations & Introductions
Module 2: Introduction to Race-Based Trauma
Module 3: Incorporating Polyvagal & Window of Tolerance
Module 4: Identity, Bias, & Privilege
Module 5: Identifying Blind Spots
Module 6: Moving From Culturally Competent to Anti-Racist
Module 7: Somatic Resourcing
Module 8: Assessing for Racial Trauma
Module 9: Clinical Considerations
Module 10: There is No Closure
What Others Are Saying
“I really appreciated the polyvagal resource and the mindfulness techniques we discussed. I find great value in learning and being able to teach actual skills that address trauma."
“This was excellent. Great positive and transparent energy from presenters! It was a great primer for the material and I appreciated all the thought and sensitivity the presenters put into it. We covered a lot in a short amount of time, and the focus on somatic approaches was excellent.”
“I really valued the incorporation of somatic theory and applications. Erica and Dr. Chinwe—their warmth, knowledge, communicating “going there” directly but in a way people could hear it.”
Race is a key element of our identity, and a big part of what clients bring to the table. This is especially true for the Black community.
While being Black or Brown is a great source of strength and power, it is also often a source of pain. By not addressing discrimination, microaggressions, and other race-based experiences in the therapy room we are not able to fully support and help clients heal.
While individuals of all racial minority groups (Asian, Latinx, Indigenous peoples) are at risk of experiencing racial trauma, Black clients are particularly at risk as anti-Black rhetoric and racism is not only individual and specific, it’s historical.
The more we understand the racial trauma of our clients, the more we see the importance of bringing the body into the healing process. Like any trauma, our bodies hold the tension and of racial trauma inside.
Our mission is to equip wellness professionals with a foundation for why addressing race in the therapy room is important, how racism can be traumatic, and the tools and therapeutic practices to use when addressing and helping to heal racial trauma.
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With 60% of Black Americans experiencing at least one act of racial discrimination in their lifetime (Carter, 2007), as therapists we should be equipped to help address and progress through the this racial trauma.
Start healing racial trauma in your therapy room
Through Healing Trauma with Somatic Therapy you’ll walk away with a foundation for why addressing race in the therapy room is important, how racism can be traumatic, and Somatic exercises to use to bring healing to body and mind.Notify Me When Course Launches