The Impact of Race Based Trauma on Black Relationships


Note: Due to official recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, this workshop has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Program Description:

This workshop will focus on culturally appropriate referral, assessment and clinical intervention use in couples therapy with black clients. With an overall increase in service provision to black couples, culturally relevant and ethical care is imperative. Couples therapists, whether racially or culturally congruent to couples or not, are tasked with a unique opportunity to improve individual and relationship functioning with use of interventions that meet clients’ emotional, interpersonal and attachment needs.

All, if not most, psychologists receive at least one semester of formal didactic training in working with diverse populations which, by itself, is not enough to remain as culturally responsive as clients deserve. This workshop will provide a didactic overview, vignettes and discussion to increase awareness, clarity and provide tools to better connect with black couples in need of help. This workshop will pay specific attention to the needs of black couples, as differentiated from couples of other racial backgrounds. Participants will leave with new and/or strengthened tools to assess, communicate, process and intervene. Come with curiosity and compassion!

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how racism & racial aggressions impact worldview and emotional functioning of Black clients.
  • Define race-based traumas and critique assessment and clinical interventions with Black couples.
  • Discuss implicit bias, self of the therapist and the therapeutic alliance.
  • Develop culturally sensitive clinical practices and interventions with Black couples.

Continuing Education Credit – 3 Hours

  • APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • GSCSW –  This workshop is pending approval for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • LPC, LMFT- Related hours