Black youth and families have been experiencing racial trauma against their bodies for generations and this has contributed to the issues of physical and mental health and the way in which black people receive services.
Considering recent events of anti-black racism in North America, it is important to acknowledge the immediate and vicarious trauma experienced by black youth and their families on account of racial trauma.
Working with Black Youth and Families Amidst Racial Trauma will look at the differential experiences of Black bodies as it pertains to the hierarchy of race, and subsequently why anti-black racism must be the focus when dealing with black people and addressing trauma.
This will be an opportunity to have some discussion on how to address issues of anti-black racism to best serve people you support.
- Understand how Historical Trauma presents today
- Recognize the impact of Racial Trauma on Black Bodies/ Anti- Black Racism
- Describe symptoms of Racial Trauma
- Understand similarities between Trauma Informed Care and Anti –Oppressive/Anti-racism care.
- Describe actionable steps to address issues of anti-black racism with youth and families
Charmaine Lane M.Sc., RP
Charmaine is a registered Psychotherapist, a Professor at Humber and Durham College and a Consultant on issues of Racial Trauma and its effects on youth and families. She works from an anti-racism, anti-oppressive framework and is aware that no two individuals and no two situations are the same.
Charmaine is an advocate for Young People of color and has rallied on their behalf and is experienced in Trauma and how it affects Racialized Youths and most specifically youth of African descent. She is Co-Founder of Millan and Associates (past), an organization dedicated to the Reunification of Black Children in Care with their families, an associate of Balanced Living Message and Wellness Centre, a Trainer for SafeGuards and an Equity in Child Welfare Trainer for The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.
Charmaine has worked in a number of sectors including: children’s mental health, child welfare and violence against women and has been able to connect the experiences from child welfare with children’s mental health giving her a rich overview from a psychosocial perspective. She has a wealth of experience in the areas of : assessment and testing, individual and group counselling, addiction and mental health, trauma, and providing both short and long term interventions.
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