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Healing from Racial Trauma (will not be recorded)

Co-sponsored by USC and the California Society for Clinical Social Work

May 21-22, 2022 | 9:30 am - 12 pm Saturday, 9:30-11:30 am Sunday

Presenter:  Chris Smith, LCSW


Cost: Member/USC Alum - $100 | Nonmember - $140 | CSCSW/USC Student Member - $25 

This is a two-part workshop -- second session is on Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 9:30 to 11:30 am - you must be in attendance for both sessions to receive CEUs

Healing from Racial Trauma: With a focus on addressing the impact of Anti-Blackness on mental health.

The roots of racism run deep and impact us economically, educationally, physically and in many other ways, seen and unseen. What is often overlooked are the mental health impacts of Race-based trauma. Self-doubt, hypervigilance, imposter syndrome, anxiety and depression are some of the impacts people of color face as a result of racism. In this training, participants will learn the definition of Race-based trauma, its presentation and how individuals and communities can take steps to heal. 

The format of this two part training will include didactic instruction, small discussions and opportunity for individual reflection.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this meeting, participants will:

  1. Learn some of the physical manifestations of Racial Trauma.

  2. Learn some of the psychological manifestations of Racial Trauma.

  3. Review and discuss common microaggressions.

  4. Learn concrete strategies for assisting clients in healing from Racial Trauma.


About the Presenter:

Chris is an engaging presenter with over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in Honolulu, Sacramento and Los Angeles. He started his career at the YMCA of Honolulu, then had stints as a mobile crisis therapist providing suicide and homicide lethality assessment and intervention on the island of Oahu; and followed that with a stint as a hospice social worker in Sacramento.

He is a proud graduate of the California community college system, having graduated from Sacramento City College with two Associates degrees before moving to Hawaii where he obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and later an M.S.W. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Currently, he is the Director of the Looking Ahead program at the Actors Fund, which provides support services, resources and enrichment activities for child professional performers and their families to help them navigate the challenges of the entertainment industry. Additionally, Chris also maintains a psychotherapy private practice in the L.A. area and provides trainings on topics such as suicide prevention, adolescent mental health, healing from racial trauma and group facilitation.

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