Addressing Racial Trauma in Therapy
Presented by The New Jersey College Counseling Association
We are exposed to the issue of racism through media and daily experience and so are our clients. Many times, our clients need a safe space to navigate all of the input they receive and come to terms with how racism and oppression are impacting their lives. Dealing with the topic of racism in an open, factual, and compassionate way may alleviate some client anxiety around the topic and help them address these issues in a safe environment. This presentation will explore the role race plays in the therapeutic process when addressing is...Read moresues of racial trauma and offer the participants techniques to openly discuss race and racial trauma in a therapeutic setting. Less...
- Describe the role systemic racism can have on the therapy process with clients.
- Recognize how the current political climate and community unrest impacts the client and how to apply that knowledge to address client needs.
- Explain the phenomena of resilience and the role it plays in wellness during the therapeutic process.
- Demonstrate therapeutic techniques to in order to have an open dialogue with clients around these issues.
- Apply specific techniques to begin to address the psychological harm racial trauma has caused clients.
Thursday, June 01, 2023
09:00 AM EDT - 02:00 PM EDTRegister for this Webinar
About the speaker
Jennifer Jones-Damis, Psy.D, LPC
Dr. Jones-Damis completed a highly competitive, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Traumatic Stress at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City where she administered evidence based treatment to youth in the juvenile justice system, coordinated staff trainings in evidence-based interventions and facilitated follow up consultation with state agencies (e.g., New York Department of Probation, Riker’s Island). Dr. Jones-Damis was the Associate Director of Mental Health for the Young Adult (18-21) population at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility where she spear headed the mental health aspect of the Alternative to Solitary Confinement Program. She then became the Mental Health Director of the largest jail in New Jersey, Essex County Jail. Currently, Dr. Jones-Damis is the Director of Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services at Rutgers University.
Dr. Jones-Damis is an active participant with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), particularly on the School’s Committee Work Group and the Justice Consortium Committee. In 2018, Dr. Jones-Damis spear headed a new sub-committee, which combined the School, Community Violence, and Cultural Committees of NCTSN in order to address how educators and counselors respond to race and trauma in the classroom and therapeutic settings. Dr. Jones-Damis facilitates trainings and workshops for schools, organizations, and companies to increase knowledge about the impact stress and racial trauma has on mental health while offering tangible ways to promote resilience. Furthermore, Dr. Jones-Damis holds positions on the state and national boards of The Association of Black Psychologists, where she continues to advocate for the mental health needs of the Black community.
9:00am-12:00pm Introduction and presentation
12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break/NJCCA Community Drop-in Meeting
1:00-2:00pm Presentation, Q&A and closing remarks
CE Information - Earn 4 CE Credit Hours
American Psychological Association
New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology
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