Standing Up to Racism

How We Can Make a Difference in Our Community & Classroom 

Presented by Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH

Live Streaming on February 17, 2021


3 Hours  |  Pending CEU Approval


This online course will be streaming live on February 17, 2021 from 9:00am – 12:15pm PST after purchase.

10:30am – 10:45am PST

All course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until March 16, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on February 16, 2021

People in the helping professions – teachers, psychologists and others – may find it difficult to discuss racism.  Statistics show that racism is a form of adversity that can have an impact on brain development and that these effects can define and limit a person from childhood through adulthood – affecting their performance in school, work and having an impact on their mental and physical health. Racism is just such a trauma.   When most people think of racism however, they tend to think of the most extreme manifestations which are repellant and with which the majority of people cannot identify with. However, racism can be very subtle and often unintentional, and its effects can hijack a person’s potential for life.  It is important that standing up to racism involve an understanding of the systemic aspects of racism that impact training of individuals in the helping professions, making it difficult to see how our unconscious assumptions can lead to stereotyping and bias.  This webinar will enable participants to become clear about what they can do to stand up to racism in their own personal way.

  1. Current definition of racism
    1. The systemic nature of racism
    2. Ways racism shows up in society
    3. Exercise – “The Wedding”
  2. Statistics in Canada and the USA on issues relating to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities
  3. The traumatic effects of systemic racism
    1. Historical underpinnings of systemic racism
    2. Intergenerational trauma
    3. Exercise: One boy’s life
  4. Trauma and neurodevelopment
    1. Adverse childhood experiences
    2. Attachment disorders
    3. Social and community context
  5. Components of systemic racism
    1. Exercise: Microaggression
    2. Implicit bias
      1. Career training and normative bias
    3. Privilege
  6. Standing up to Racism
    1. Cultural humility
    2. Personal awareness
    3. Exercise: cultural identity and intersectionality
    4. Cultural competence
  • Describe how the various forms of trauma affect brain development, leading to the many mental and physical disorders associated with trauma
  • Identify the historical underpinnings of racism
  • Recognize individual bias and it’s impact
  • Recognize that racism is a form of trauma
  • Identify steps they would like to take in their lives and careers to stand up to racism

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators. 

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.  She is a graduate of Andrew Weil’s Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ross is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, an online coaching program for binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction.  She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson and has served as medical director at two other programs.  Dr. Ross is a consultant for treatment centres around the US who want to include her unique integrative medicine approach to help clients recovering from eating disorders and addictions.  She is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.  You can reach Dr. Ross at or

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$135.00N/A
Full-Time Student$110.00N/A

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