117: The Nuts and Bolts of Creating a Safe Space for Those Impacted by Race-based Trauma
Regina Chow Trammel, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University
901 E Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
The FBI reported in August of 2021 that the number of hate crimes in the United States rose to its highest level in 12 years, totaling 7,759 crimes last year. These crimes were motivated by race/ethnicity/ancestry bias, particularly targeting Blacks and Asians. Some of these incidents were filmed, and the resulting videos were released and viewed by the general public as high-profile cases. Viewing these videos can evoke painful emotions and/or can raise questions that often go unanswered, leaving some of our Christian brothers and sisters feeling unsafe. With the increase in hate crimes and race-based encounters experienced by people of color and beyond, the need for lay counselors, clergy, and mental health professionals who are willing to create a safe space for feelings to be processed and understand the impacts of race-based trauma is needed. This workshop will create a safe space for attendees to learn more about the impact race-based trauma has in communities of color and the steps they can take to care for their brothers and sisters in Christ.
• Provide an overview of historical and current impacts that racism, discrimination, and race-based trauma have in communities of color
• Define race-based trauma and discuss examples of race-based encounters
• Identify the key components and steps to create a safe space within therapy, including Christian mindfulness, for mental health professionals, clergy, and lay counselors alike.