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Microtraumas and the African American Client

African Americans regularly receive societal messages about their lack of value, powerlessness, and inability to ensure their personal safety. Perpetuated through media stories as well as common, everyday interactions, these microtraumas cause African Americans to experience a heightened sense of cortisol arousal, a pervasive feeling of doom, and a lack of trust in relation to their environment. The result is hypervigilance and intrusive exaggerated flight, fight, and freeze responses.


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Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP
2 Hours 05 Minutes
Mar 22, 2019
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP, is a hypnotherapist, Imago therapist, and owner of CRA Counseling and Consulting Agency

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Financial: Candice Richardson Dickens is the clinical director at CRA Counseling & Consulting Agency.
Non-financial: Candice Richardson Dickens an executive board member for The Board Of Professional Counselors. She is a member of the Maryland Association of Imago Therapist.


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  1. Identify triggers and symptoms of microtrauma, as well as how it’s processed in the brain.
  2. Use mindfulness, faith-based rituals, deep breathing exercises, grounding techniques, and memory-processing activities to decrease frequency of reactivity.
  3. Apply mood-regulation skills, self-talk safety scripts, and sensory techniques to enhance clients’ feelings of being in control and empowered in the presence of real or perceived danger.
  4. Develop behavioural choices in dealing with anxiety over past microtraumas and current situations.


Understanding Cultural Trauma

  • Fight or Flight Responses
  • Learned Helplessness
  • Micro- vs. Macro-traumas

DSM-5 Trauma and PTSD

  • Defining and Assessing Trauma
  • Witnessed or Experienced Trauma

Talking about Race

  • Talking to Children about Race
  • Addressing Ethnic Differences Between Therapist & Client
  • Empowering through Experience Validation

Techniques for Treating Physiological Responses to Trauma

  • Mindfulness
  • Grounding & Tapping
  • Deep Breathing Techniques
  • Visualizations & Hypnosis
  • Reducing Shame & Increasing Self-Affirmations

Understanding Long-Term Memory

  • Implicit Memory
  • Explicit Memory
    • Episodic
    • Semantic

Trauma & Neuroscience

  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Sympathetic and Parasympathetic responses
Physiological Impact of Trauma on African Americans

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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