Racism and Cultural Trauma as Complex PTSD

#racialjustice #equality #complexptsd

Join my EMDR consultant and mentor, Dr. Arielle Schwartz, for a discussion regarding racism as cultural trauma and a form of Complex Post-traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Schwartz provides suggestions for how therapists and allies can develop greater cultural competencies, and cites a multitude of applicable literature. See below for timestamps and resources.


00:02 Racism as cultural trauma
00:03 Complex vs. acute stress
00:04 COVID and lockdown exposed racism through illuminating WHO works “essential” jobs
00:06 “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” (Resmaa Menakem)
00:07 Polyvagal theory; how to avoid reactivity as a therapist, when confronting personal/implicit biases
00:11 “EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology” quote; survivors can build resources and resilience to face barriers and obstacles in the present world
00:15 Quote from “Understanding Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth” in “The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook”
00:17 “Radical acceptance” as the possibility for change; the damage of chronic denial toward racism is the opposite of acceptance, and makes change impossible
00:19 Resmaa Menakem and his work as resources for
00:20 Dr. Nancy Hanson; multicultural competence among APA members
00:28 How Dr. Schwartz discovered somatic psyche as her clinical specialty
00:34 The importance of therapeutic rapport for addressing exiled, repressed parts of personality

▶Find Dr. Arielle Shwartz:

Dr. Schwartz’s website/blog: https://drarielleschwartz.com/arielles-blog/

The Polyvagal Theory and Healing Complex PTSD- Dr. Arielle Schwartz: https://drarielleschwartz.com/the-polyvagal-theory-and-healing-complex-ptsd-dr-arielle-schwartz/#.Xw1H3ihKiM8

Dr. Schwartz’s Amazon book page: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=arielle+schwartz&crid=2HUCFTMUOLWFZ&sprefix=arielle+s%2Caps%2C238&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_9

▶Resmaa Menakem’s work:

Website: https://www.resmaa.com/about

“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: https://www.amazon.com/My-Grandmothers-Hands-Racialized-Pathway/dp/1942094477

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