Race is an important factor which is infrequently discussed yet still plays an important role in the therapist-client dyad. EMDR therapy is a trauma-informed and evidenced-based approach which is effective for PTSD symptoms. Anti-racist psychotherapy is a framework which incorporates all of the above, as well as an understanding of the social, historical, and neurobiological mechanisms which underlie current symptoms of distress and racial trauma. In situations where there are racial differences (or similarities) between the client and professional, the social construction theory of race, and how we respond to it, can either improve the therapeutic alliance or exacerbate therapeutic ruptures. This presentation will explore an anti-racist critique of the historical function of social services in racial contexts, recommendations for conducting EMDR therapy from an anti-racist perspective, strategies for engaging clients of diverse backgrounds in the trauma resolution process, and self-care recommendations for professionals who work with traumatized populations.
- Participants will be able to identify social impacts and mental health consequences of anti-Black racism.
- Participants will be able to describe 3 key aspects which relate to racial trauma.
- Participants will be able to describe memory reconsolidation and the Adaptive Information Processing Model from an Anti-Racist Psychotherapy perspective.