Skip to main content

Session 414 - Leadership Series: Culturally Based Trauma and Adversity: Recognition, Definition, and Implications

Thank you


There is an increasing awareness of the critical need to understand culture and societal context within the field of trauma intervention. With this comes the need to refine trauma conceptualization, terminology and treatment methods. This presentation offers the term culturally based trauma and adversity (CBTA) to distinguish trauma in which social, cultural or societal circumstances are a primary source of adverse consequences. Within this framework, ten distinct types of CBTA are presented along with specific examples. The sharper recognition of dimensions of CBTA can better affirm client experiences, improve assessment, clinical planning, and treatment outcomes. The term culturally based strengths and opportunities (CBSO) is also introduced to affirm culturally linked resources and resilience in the face of adversity. Considerations for the further recognition of CBTA within the field of trauma intervention are discussed. Overall, the presentation seeks to engage a collective effort to expand and advance EMDR effectiveness with CBTA.

  1. Participants will be able to describe why it is important to recognize, define and treat the effects of culturally based trauma and adversity (CBTA).
  2. Participants will be able to describe specific types/themes of culturally based trauma and adversity (CBTA).
  3. Participants will be able to describe specific examples of CBTA experiences which might be appropriate targets for EMDR reprocessing.


  • Mark Nickerson, LICSW - Moderator

    Mark Nickerson, LICSW, a psychotherapist, clinical consultant, EMDR Institute trainer, and member of the Council of Scholars. He conducts advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including integrating culture and healing culturally based trauma and adversity, treatment for problem behaviors, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016- 2nd edition, 2022 in press) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families. More information at and

* Chat Tab: The Chat tab is for general comments between all Attendees. There is no direct Chat  option between individual attendees. Please be sure to review the Virtual Conference Code of Conduct before participating.

* Speaker Q&A Tab: There will be time set aside for Q&A near the end of the presentation. Please enter your questions in the Speaker Q&A tab. The speaker will be on live video for the last few minutes of the session to answer the questions that have been posted. Please note that we have a large number of attendees for this conference, so it may not be possible for all questions to be answered by the Speaker by the time the session ends. Thank you for your understanding!  

* Viewing the Presentation: If the Chat and Q&A tab are distracting to you as you watch the presentation, you may click the maximize screen icon in the bottom right of the video screen. 

* Conference Sessions: Conference sessions open 30 minutes before the presentation start time. Feel free to begin introducing yourself to other attendees in the Chat tab. During this time, you’ll see announcements for the day scroll on the screen.

* Continued Access & Recorded Sessions: If you are not able to attend the live streaming of a session, the session recordings will be added back to the presentation pages within 2 to 3 business days of the live streaming of the session. You will have access to all sessions until December 30, 2022.

PRIVACY POLICY: Content within this Virtual Conference may contain client session video and audio recordings for educational purposes. To protect the rights and privacy of the clients featured, attendees are strictly prohibited from recording or broadcasting audio or video of any part of the sessions from the EMDRIA Conference. No person shall transfer or cause to be transferred any sounds or video recorded on any device. Not respecting this agreement could result in being removed from the Conference.

In order to obtain your CE’s after you’ve completed watching your session, you’ll need to follow these steps. Please note that these links WILL NOT work unless you've already watched the corresponding presentation in its entirety. 

Once these steps are completed, the system will automatically generate a Certificate of Completion that you can download. In case you miss downloading it at that time, you will also receive an email notification with a link to download your certificate. 

** You can complete these steps at any time after watching the presentation; they do not have to be completed right away.
September 18, 2022
Sun 12:30 PM CDT

Duration 3H 30M

This live web event has ended.

For Technical Support
(888) 705-6002
+1 (858) 201-4136*
*for callers residing outside of the United States