Racial Trauma: Assessment and Treatment Across the Lifespan

  • 22 May 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting
  • 92


  • Reserved for members of the San Diego CAMFT Chapter. (Please make sure your registration information matches your information that we have on file.)
  • Reserved for individuals registering who are not SD CAMFT Chapter Members.
  • Reserved for students.


A link to the webinar will be sent via email to registrants prior to the event. Note: This event will not be recorded and must be attended live.


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.


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

  • Identify at least three mental and physical health symptoms correlated with significant experiences of racial discrimination.

  • Identify at least two clinical assessments that can facilitate recognition and treatment of racial trauma.

  • Introduction of topic and speaker
  • Overview of topic and speaker
  • Overview of history; Definition of trauma
  • Overview of research related to trauma & associated terminology
  • Clinical Tools
  • Treatment Planning
  • Models for healing racial trauma
  • Client Resources
  • Question and Answer Period


This event is for mental health professionals.


$40 for Chapter Members

$60 for Non Members

$30 for Students*


Please email the Education Chair at education@camft-sandiego.org

Prior to registering, please review our Event Policies & Procedures, including our refund policy here.


Course Completion certificates will be awarded electronically in exchange for a completed evaluation / survey form to be sent within a week of the event.

Please make sure the Program Administrator has your correct email.

This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Live event participants must be present for the entire length of the workshop to be awarded credit. Participants will not be given CEU credit if they are more than 15 minutes late and/or do not stay for the entire length of the workshop.


This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of the California association of marriage and family therapists (Provider #57330) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. San Diego chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

Please email the CEU Chair at ceuchair@camft-sandiego.org


Dr. Maryam Jernigan-NoesiDr. 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 around issues related to racial equity and inclusion.

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