Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) describes the constellation of symptoms that may occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Survivors of violent acts or disasters, emergency responders, abuse victims, and combat veterans are often associated with the risk of developing PTSD and many clinicians are well-equipped to provide services for those populations. When trauma and PTSD are related to experiences involving racial discrimination and systemic racism, the mental health community is less prepared.
In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Monnica Williams will explain trauma that results from experiences of racism and how people of color can develop PTSD because of traumatic events, including:
She will provide an overview of the cultural factors relevant to African Americans and other stigmatized minority groups, with an emphasis on understanding and assessing PTSD caused by racial trauma.
Dr. Williams will describe the various facets of racial trauma, including the experience of historical, cultural, and individual trauma, and how these may or may not fit into a DSM-5 framework. She will share case examples and explain techniques clinicians can use to assess race-based stress and trauma. She will also highlight the disparities in mental health treatment for people of color and how racial trauma can impact the therapeutic relationship.
This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:
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Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Department of Psychiatry. She is also Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically-supported treatments.
Prior to her recent move to Connecticut, Dr. Williams served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on African American mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 90 scientific articles on these topics. Her current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, unacceptable thoughts in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. Dr. Williams also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, scientific conferences, and community organizations.
Dr. Williams is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), having served as the diversity delegate from Kentucky for the APA State Leadership Conference for two consecutive years. She is the African American SIG leader for Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and she serves as an associate editor of The Behavior Therapist. Dr. Williams also serves on the editorial board of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and is also the co-chair of their Diversity Counsel. Dr. Williams’ work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR and the New York Times.
For more information about Dr. Williams and her work, please visit www.monnicawilliams.com.