Racial Trauma and Minority Stress: The Cultural Competent Clinician’s Guide to Assessment and Treatment

Presented by Lillian Gibson, Ph.D

Live Streaming on December 2, 2022


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on December 2, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 3, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on December 1, 2022. 

Dealing with race-based stressors are not only frightening for individuals who experience first-hand stressors, but they are also concerning for self-identified allies and professionals who support BIPOC communities (black, indigenous, and people of color). The webinar will provide attendees a safe space to understand and explore the multi-faceted complexities of racial trauma and minority stress in addition to appropriate, culture welcoming treatment options.

US population data trends are steadily changing the landscape of mental health services, clinicians committed to helping their clients can vastly benefit from expanding their expertise with the assessment and treatment of racial trauma and minority stress. Professionals working with marginalized populations and/or clients of color may benefit from understanding how to properly explore their clients’ feelings and responses to direct and indirect activating events.

Identifying stressors (microaggressions) can be quite challenging and overwhelming when a clinician wants to help, but doesn’t know where to start.  This seminar provides attendees with a clear template of how to check for clinical blind spots in or order to confidently support and treat BIPOC clients.

Cultural competency markers for mental health professionals

  • Core elements of cultural competency within mental health
  • Bidirectional relationship between cultural humility and cultural competency
  • Cultural attunement variables
    • Honoring of worldviews, identity, language, customs

Effective case conceptualization strategies

  • Essential conceptualization components to assess cases
  • Treatment planning and case conceptualization factors
  • Errors often seen within poor case formulations
  • Enhancement of case conceptualization processes when cultural competency is present

Diagnostic criteria for PTSD per the DSM-5

  • Considerations to diagnose trauma secondary to a race-based stressor(s)
  • Exploration of direct trauma in relation to a PTSD diagnosis
    • generational trauma factors linked to race-based stressor(s)
  • Exploration of vicarious trauma in relation to a PTSD diagnosis
    • generational trauma factors linked to race-based stressor(s)
  • Minority stress features that impact quality of life factors

Helpful racial trauma measures

  • Outline of useful trauma measures that may be utilized
  • Listing of symptom monitoring measures
  • Client and therapist match measures

Biopsychosocial framework references to identify racial trauma symptomology

  • The mind and body trauma connection
  • Diathesis-Stress Model in relation to trauma
  • Recognizing physiological signs of trauma
  • Long-term impacts of chronic stress stored in the body

Treatment interventions for racial trauma

  • Limitations of racial trauma treatments
  • Applicable options for treatment
    • Scripts to discuss racial trauma
    • Scripts to discuss minority stress
    • Scripts to explore client therapist dynamics
  • Risks associated with administering evidence-based psychotherapies for racial trauma
  • Culturally sensitive treatment implications for clinicians treating racial trauma
  • Safe guards to help the efficacy of racial trauma treatment(s)

Case studies will be utilized along with interactive exercises.

At the end of this webinar participants will be able to do the following as it relates to racial trauma:

    • Identify salient factors of cultural competency markers
    • Explore cultural attunement variables
    • Understand how to conceptualize cases when race based stressors are present
    • Describe racial trauma diagnostic criteria
    • Delineate between minority stress factors and race-based trauma
    • Understand the impact of vicarious trauma on emotional functioning
    • Use the Biopsychosocial Model framework to guide assessment steps and treatment of racial trauma
    • Identify factors that influence generational trauma and exacerbate racial trauma symptomology
    • Identify client centered strategies to develop a racial trauma treatment plan
    • Report cultural competencies in the assessment and treatment of racial trauma

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Dr. Lillian Gibson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist often referred to as a “mood make-over” expert. She is a highly recommended speaker, consultant, and clinician due to her advanced assessment and treatment skills in a variety of settings: inpatient mental health centers, outpatient behavioral care services, and primary care settings.  Dr. Gibson takes pride in combining her vocational rehabilitation counseling, and clinical psychology expertise to help clients solve their problems through individual, group, and/or couples therapy for emotional healing and restoration. She is well versed in a number of evidenced base psychotherapies, which allows her to serve as a consultant to other clinicians who wish to advance their intervention skills and best serve their clients. Non-profit agencies, community-based programs, and mental health agencies have often consulted with Dr. Gibson to help inform and train staff on best practices to create a culture affirming environment for both employees and patients. Her professional footprints include places such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, Quality Education for Minorities Network, and international research in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Dr. Gibson’s resume also includes gold star interventions for anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, nightmares, race-based traumas, minority stress, and chronic medical conditions. She is a multi-HBCU graduate from Southern University and A & M College and Jackson State University.  She has embraced her career calling to enhance the lives of persons managing disabilities along with marginalized social groups as client centered care is her sole objective.  Dr. Gibson is passionate about highlighting the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within mental health services.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group and/or student rates please view our Terms & Conditions and contact webinars@jackhirose.com for more information and registration. 

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