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When Consideration of Racial Discrimination is Clinically Indicated: Addressing The Unspoken Trauma

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Gronowski Clinic Building C/D, Classroom 15A
5150 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA  
Barbara Kirsch
650 559-9014
Registration is required
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: CPA is co-sponsoring with SCCPA. Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 4.0 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the ENTIRE workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.
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When Consideration of Racial Discrimination is Clinically Indicated:
Addressing the Unspoken Trauma in the Room

 Presented by Alvin Thomas, PhD.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, Registration: 9 AM, Workshop: 9:30 - 2:00 PM
Gronowski Clinic, Los Altos, CA
(4 CE units)

Racial discrimination has long been shown to have negative effects on physical  and mental health, often contributing to the development and exacerbation of issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Issues such as an exaggerated “fight or flight response” and hypervigilance are elements of a traumatic response. However, more often than not these behaviors go unrecognized when related to discrimination experienced by stigmatized ethnic minorities.

This course will address the phenomenological experience of racial discrimination as an important consideration in therapy. Participants will engage in critical, honest, self analysis as a first step to exploring issues of discrimination with clients. We will also discuss discrimination experiences from a trauma informed perspective, and explore potential protective factors indicated by the research. The course will culminate with clinician interaction on addressing discrimination in the therapy room, based on sample cases.

Participants will:
1. Develop increased awareness of power, privilege, social location, and cultural    competence related to race.
2. Identify types of racial microaggression.
3. Learn about the types of racial discrimination and the prevalence of discrimination.
4. Gain a critical appreciation of trauma diagnosis.
5. Identify challenges of addressing discrimination trauma in therapy.
6. Identify resources for supporting clients with discrimination experiences, where clinically indicated.

Alvin Thomas, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor Clinical Psychology, and Co-Director of The Center for Excellence in Diversity at Palo Alto University.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Prior to obtaining his doctorate, Dr. Thomas worked for many years as a teacher of elementary, middle and high school students in Saint Lucia. Some of his research areas of interest are in father-son relationships and behavioral problems,  masculine and racial identity, and violence and aggression.

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