Colloquium - Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
Racial Trauma: Culture Impact, and PTSD
Psychological Sciences Department & UConn Health
School of Psychiatry
University of Connecticut
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) describes the constellation of symptoms that may occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Anyone exposed to traumatic event is at risk to develop PTSD, and this typically includes survivors of violent acts or disasters, emergency responders, abuse victims, and combat veterans. However, many other events can be traumatic as well, particularly to people of color, including police harassment, workplace discrimination, community violence, distressing medical/childbirth experiences, and incarceration. This presentation 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 experiences of racism, or racial trauma. The various facets of racial trauma will be described, including the experience of historical, cultural, and individual trauma, and how these may or may not fit into a DSM-5 framework. The presentation describe research findings and techniques clinicians can utilize to assess racial stress and trauma. The presentation will include case examples and opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions.
The Ohio Psychological Association has approved the Department of Psychology, Kent State University as a provider of continuing education for Psychologists. 1.0 credit hours for Psychologists is awarded by the Ohio Psychological Association, Approval #00PO-316402079