EMDR & Racial Trauma (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

EMDR & Racial Trauma

Go With That Magazine™️ Fall 2020

The deaths of our Black brothers and sisters that made the news this past summer have created a societal tipping point as we begin to have our collective eyes opened to the systemic oppression and silence that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Americans have faced for centuries at the hands of White Americans. Although it feels overwhelming to make a difference against this system, that is what many of you as trauma therapists signed up to do. We look to see how EMDR can mend divides to heal trauma, raise awareness, and advocate for those who need it most.

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This issue includes the following articles:

 


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Counselor’s Corner on Plexiglass Partitions

Counselor’s Corner on Plexiglass Partitions

In the Counselor’s Corner column in this Fall 2020 issue of Go With That magazine, EMDR therapists respond to “ I am wondering if anyone who is offering face-to-face sessions has purchased a plexiglass room divider? How has it helped/hindered your sessions?” Contributors include Trish Garrison, LICSW, Carolyn Licht, Ph.D. and Anna Nuedling. This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit www.emdria.org/emdria-community.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2020 issue EMDR & Racial Trauma of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Racial Trauma, Neurons, and EMDR: The Path Towards Antiracist Psychotherapy

Racial Trauma, Neurons, and EMDR: The Path Towards Antiracist Psychotherapy

Race has an exceptionally strong impact on our emotional, physical, and economic wellbeing. It also affects our trauma histories. Despite the fact that as a general concept, race is fake. It’s not real; it’s a social construction (Rutherford, 2020). But for clients who are either White (or “racialized” into privilege), or BIPOC (“racialized” into disadvantage), these fake realities create real consequences.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2020 issue EMDR & Racial Trauma of Go With That Magazine™️ by David Archer, MSW, MFT.

 


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Addressing Racialized Trauma Utilizing EMDR and Antiracist Psychotherapy Practices

Addressing Racialized Trauma Utilizing EMDR and Antiracist Psychotherapy Practices

Racial injustices committed against African American/Black people in the United States are both deplorable and inescapable; thus, it is no longer acceptable for discourse and exploration of race-related trauma to be optional. In the mental health community, we are at the precipice of critical social, psychological, and structural change. More than ever, African American people need allyship, healing, and safety.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2020 issue EMDR & Racial Trauma of Go With That Magazine™️ by Wendy Ashley, Psy.D. and Allen Lipscomb, Psy.D., LCSW.


An open access version of this article is available at EMDRIA’s Focal Point blog published February 5, 2021. 

 


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Spacehogs Make a Difference

Spacehogs Make a Difference

Hernández outlines the SPACEHOGS acronym (that includes socioeconomics, privilege, age, etc.). Each of these categories combined offers an overview of client experience to inform an EMDR clinician in better history-taking, understanding targets, resourcing, creating cognitive interweaves, and beyond. This approach is important to address our personal biases about the clients who give us the honor to see them.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2020 issue EMDR & Racial Trauma of Go With That Magazine™️ by Cío Hernández, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC.

 


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Engage in the Conversation of Race and Racism with “Hot Chocolate and Cheese:” An Idea you can Implement

Engage in the Conversation of Race and Racism with “Hot Chocolate and Cheese:” An Idea you can Implement

I want to engage the conversation about racism with the same curiosity, exploration, and sometimes disgust that we do when we talk about cultural traditions different than ours, like the Colombian tradition of drinking hot chocolate with cheese.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2020 issue EMDR & Racial Trauma of Go With That Magazine™️ by Viviana Urdaneta Melo, LCSW.

 


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