The Impact of Racism Based Trauma on Black Relationships


Note: This live virtual workshop took place in November 2020. If you’re interested in seeing this topic presented again, please contact us at !

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

  • Define racism-based traumas, then use this to critique assessment and clinical interventions with Black couples.
  • Explain how racism & racial aggressions impact worldview and emotional functioning of Black clients.
  • Discuss implicit bias, self of the therapist, and the therapeutic alliance.
  • Conceptualize a clinical case from assessment through termination using a culturally informed lens.
  • Create a culturally responsive and personal intervention plan for 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.
  • LCSW –  This workshop is approved for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • LPC, LMFT- Related hours

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