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Virtual Diversity CE Program
Sunday, November 08, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST
Category: Committee Event


Racial Trauma: Assessment and Treatment Across the Lifespan

Presenter:  Maryam Jernigan-Noesi, Ph.D.

November 8, 2020  -  2 to 4pm  for 2.0 FREE CE Credits for LACPA Members

Intermediate level

Registration ends Thursday, November 5, 2020. 

Racial discrimination has been found to significantly predict racial trauma and race-based traumatic stress (e.g., Carter et al., 2013). Despite both the prevalence of racial discrimination (e.g., between 50 and 75% of Black, Hispanic, and Asians reporting experiences of racial discrimination; Lee et al., 2019) and its consistent association with racial trauma and race-based traumatic stress, most clinicians lack the necessary training to assess and treat racial trauma in therapeutic settings (Hemmings & Evans, 2018). As such, this program uses recent and relevant research to facilitate mental health clinicians’ understanding of racial trauma presentations across the lifespan. The presentation will provide an overview of the history of trauma treatment in clinical settings and articulate the challenges of treating racial trauma as a form of psychological distress distinct from both racial discrimination and the traditional trauma framework. Finally, strategies for effective assessment and treatment of racial trauma and race-based traumatic stress are discussed.



Dr. Jernigan-Noesi is a licensed psychologist, professor, clinician-scientist, and CEO of Jernigan and Associates Psychological and Educational Consulting, LLC. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA and serves as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. In addition, she holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has specialized clinical training in multicultural psychology, pediatric and adolescent health, family therapy, identity development, and the psychological impact of experiences of racial discrimination. Clinically, she has worked alongside a multidisciplinary team of health providers in school, community, and primary care settings. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi completed formal clinical internship training at The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral experiences included clinical and teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School through the Leadership in Adolescent Health Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi subsequently served as a National Research Service Award Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine. Her fellowship training focused on clinical research with a specialty in translational research and intervention science. Her contributions as a scholar and researcher have earned recognition for growing expertise in racial stress and trauma and the investigation of experiences of racial discrimination as a social determinant of mental and physical health outcomes. As such, she has served as a consultant to numerous organizations and educational institutions issues related to racial equity and inclusion.

Course Goals and Educational Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  1. Define racial trauma in the context of mental health assessment and treatment.

  2. Identify the mental and physical health symptoms correlated with significant experiences of racial discrimination and its mental health consequences, and integrate clinical tools for assessing the mental health impact of racial discrimination and racial trauma in therapeutic contexts.

  3. Apply an understanding of the conceptual models of racial socialization and racial identity development to the assessment and treatment planning of racial trauma.

  4. Articulate the differences between racial trauma treatment and traditional trauma-informed mental health treatment.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction of topic and speaker

  2. Overview of topic and speaker

  3. Introduction of topic and speaker

  4. Overview of history of definition of trauma

  5. Overview of research related to trauma & associated terminology

    A. Clinical Tools

  6. Treatment Planning

  7. Models for healing racial trauma

  8. Client Resources

  9. Question and Answer Period

Total Time: 2.0 Hours


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This presentation may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.

It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire presentation.  An evaluation of the presentation must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the session is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given. 

Program is subject to change.



Contact: LACPA Office 818-905-0410 [email protected]