We have been saddened and outraged at the brutal deaths of Black Americans like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among many others. These traumatic events have signaled yet again to the need for systemic change and have opened a greater public awareness that Black people are being targeted because of their skin color, and have been for too long. These tragic deaths 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. To mend divides, to heal trauma, to raise awareness, and advocate for those who need it most.

Right now, the Black community needs us to listen and to act. We have collected some resources that may be helpful on this journey of learning, UNlearning, and growing. We want to become better listeners and active advocates as we empower each other to dismantle systems of racism and oppression.

Members of the online community EMDRIA Diversity, Community & Culture started this resource list. Participation in our online communities is an EMDRIA member benefit. Please contact us at info@emdria.org with additional resources, or add them to the Diversity, Community & Culture library.

Resources

Antiracism Resources for Mental Health Professionals

 

Events and Training Opportunities: (Please Note - some are free, and some may be at cost.)

Webinar Recordings:

Podcasts:

Books and textbooks:

  • Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Elizabeth N. Cleek, Matt Wofsy, & Brian Mundy. (2013). Therapy in the Real World: Effective Treatments for Challenging Problems. Helping beginning and experienced therapists cope with the myriad challenges of working in agencies, clinics, hospitals, and private practice, this book distills the leading theories and best practices in the field. The authors provide a clear approach to engaging diverse clients and building rapport; interweaving evidence-based techniques to meet therapeutic goals; and intervening effectively with individuals, families, groups, and larger systems. Practitioners will find tools for addressing the needs of their clients while caring for themselves and avoiding burnout; students will find a clear-headed framework for making use of the variety of approaches available in mental health practice.
  • Joy Degruy (2017). Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing. With over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the mental health field, Dr. DeGruy encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors through the lens of history and so gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression have impacted people of African descent in America. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's beliefs, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America.
  • Kenneth V. Hardy & Toby Bobes (Eds.). (2016). Culturally Sensitive Supervision and Training: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications. A comprehensive text that exposes readers to an array of culturally competent approaches to supervision and training. The book consists of contributions from a culturally and professionally diverse group of scholars and clinicians who have been on the frontline of providing culturally competent supervision and training in a variety of settings. Many of the invited contributing authors have developed innovative clinical-teaching strategies for skillfully and effectively incorporating issues of culture into both the classroom and the consulting room. A major portion of the book will provide the reader with an insider’s view of these strategies as well as a plan for implementation, with one chapter devoted to experiential exercises to enhance cultural sensitivity in supervision and training. The text is intended for use in supervision courses, but trainers and supervisors will also find it essential to their work.
  • Resmaa Menakem. (2017). My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.
  • Mark Nickerson. (2017). Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma With EMDR Therapy: Innovative Strategies and Protocols. Underscoring the importance of cultural competence, this groundbreaking book focuses on using EMDR therapy with specific populations, particularly those groups typically stigmatized, oppressed, or otherwise marginalized in society. Drawing on social psychology research and theory as well as social justice and social work principles, it delivers general protocols for EMDR intervention for recovery from the internalized effects of cultural mistreatment. The text defines cultural competence and validates the need for a multi-culturally aware approach to psychotherapy that embraces authentic social identities and attends to the impact of socially based trauma.
    • Rajani Venkatraman Levis. Placing Culture at the Heart of EMDR Therapy. Chapter 6, pp. 97-112 of above volume.
    • Rajani Venkatraman Levis & Laura Siniego. An Integrative Approach to EMDR Therapy as an Antioppression Endeavor. Chapter 5, pp. 79-96 of above volume.
  • Erlanger A. Turner. (2019). Mental Health Among African Americans: Innovations in Research and Practice. In this text, Erlanger A. Turner presents a new theoretical framework for understanding mental health disparities that emphasizes the need for culturally sensitive clinical practices and integration of Afrocentric values in order to address the lower rates of African Americans seeking treatment in the United States. Turner traces this reluctance to the unethical scientific research practices that characterized experiments in recent history, like the well-known Tuskegee Syphilis study, and stresses the need for providers to address race-related stress.

 

Articles:

  • Bor, J., Venkataramani, A. S., Williams, D. R., & Tsai, A. C. (2018). Police Killings and Their Spillover Effects on the Mental Health of Black Americans: A Population-based, Quasi-experimental Study. Lancet, 392(10144), 302-310. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31130-9. Available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6376989/
  • Branco, S. F., & Bayne, H. B. (2020). Carrying the burden: Counselors of Color's Experiences of Microaggressions in Counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98(3), 272-282. Open access: https://doi.org/10.1002/jcad.12322
  • Comas-Diaz, L., Hall, G. N., & Neville, H. A. (2019). Racial Trauma: Theory, Research, and Healing: Introduction to the Special Issue. American Psychologist, 74(1), 1-5. Open access: doi.org/10.1037/amp0000442
  • Combs, G. (2018). White Privilege: What's a Family Therapist To Do? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45(1), 61-75. Open access: https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12330
  • Day-Vines, N. L., Cluxton-Keller, F., Agorsor, C. Gubara, S. & Otabil, N. A. (2019). The multidimensional model of broaching behavior.  Journal of Counseling & Development, 98(1), 107-118. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcad.12304
  • DiAngelo, R. (2011). White Fragility. The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 3(3), 54-70. Open access: https://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/view/249
  • Dinardo, J. & Marotta-Walters, S. (2019). Cultural Themes and Discourse in EMDR Therapy. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 13(2), 111-123. https://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1933-3196.13.2.111
  • French, B. H., Lewis, J. A., Mosley, D. V., Adames, H. Y., Chavez-Duenas, N. Y., Chen, G. A., & Neville, H. A. (2019). Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(1), 14-46. Open access: https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019843506
  • Hemmings, C., & Evans, A. M. (2018). Identifying and Treating Race-based Trauma in Counseling. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 46(1), 20-39. Open access: https://doi.org/10.1002/jmcd.12090
  • Lipscomb, A. E., Emeka, M., Bracy, I., Stevenson, V., Lira, A., Barrera Gomez, Y., & Riggins, J. (2019). Black Male Hunting! A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Secondary Impact of Police Induced Trauma on the Black Man's Psyche in the United States. Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 7(1), 11-18. Open access: https://doi.org/10.15640/jssw.v7n1a2  
  • Parham, W. D., & Clauss-Ehlers, C. S. (2016). Celebrating Our Elders Who Led Us Across the Bridge: A Call to Action for the Academy. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 44(1), 4-27. Open access: https://doi.org/10.1002/jmcd.12034
  • Toporek, R. L. (2018). Strength, Solidarity, Strategy, and Sustainability: A Counseling Psychologist's Guide to Social Action. The European Journal of Counselling Psychology, 7(1). Open access: https://doi.org/10.5964/ejcop.v7i1.153

Web Resources and Perspectives:

Organizations:

  • Black Mental Wellness. (https://www.blackmentalwellness.com/about-us-1). The mission of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.
  • Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture. (https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/lynch-school/sites/isprc.html) Director: Dr. Janet E. Helms, Ph.D. The Institute offers pragmatic information about teaching, conducting research, and applying interventions intended to promote the benefits of racial and ethnic cultural diversity and resolve related social problems.  The Institute is unique in its emphasis on addressing psychological issues related to race and ethnic culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Advocacy/Get Involved

  • Color of Change. (https://colorofchange.org/). Color of Change helps you do something real about injustice. We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.
  • Embracing Equity. (https://embracingequity.org/). A social change agency dedicated to centering racial justice in education through racial and ethnic identity development, critical consciousness, and critical action.
  • Project Implicit. (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/). A project by Harvard researchers interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases.
  • Service Never Sleeps. (https://www.serviceneversleeps.org/) Tireless Action Toward Social Justice. Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to catalyze social justice through service and Allyship. Offers an Allyship Workshop.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). (https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about.html). SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice.
  • The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. (https://borislhensonfoundation.org/). The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation's vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community. Our mission is to support and bring awareness to mental health issues that plague our community.
  • The Loveland Foundation. (https://thelovelandfoundation.org/). Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for.
  • Transform Harm. (https://transformharm.org/). TransformHarm.org is a resource hub about ending violence. It offers an introduction to transformative justice and includes articles, audio-visual resources, curricula, and more.