Do You See Me?: Silence vs. Voicelessness

This 2-hour webinar will discuss how race-based traumatic stress impacts mental health and how providers can create a safer environment for their clients.


Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress, is the cumulative effect of racism on an individual’s mental and physical health. Trauma induced anxiety arrests the vocal process and blocks the creative flow of authentic self-expression. The trauma affects the involuntary nervous system, body, brain, and memory function. It is hard to recognize this level of trauma therefore clients are mislabeled as oppositional defiant, difficult to engage, or resistant. A lack of knowledge compromises clinical discussions and outcomes. It is imperative for a safe environment to be created where individuals can be seen fully as they are, without pretense. People of color, traditionally, don't feel welcomed and tend to avoid mainstream clinical resources and consequently are unable to access much needed sometimes critical resources. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of how trauma shows up in the body and impacts mental health
  2. Learn the difference between voicelessness and silence    
  3. Create a safe and supportive clinical environment for the voiceless 
  4. Decrease harm to marginalized communities seeking mental health services


Presentation Resources 


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Sherronda Jamerson, MA, SUDP

Sherronda Jamerson obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from City University College in Seattle, WA, and became certified as a Chemical Dependency Professional in 2007. Her experiences include developing, implementing, and presenting EDI trainings to associations of healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, schools, and community-based organizations. She has also presented at state and national behavioral health conferences on the topics of DEI and Healthcare Equity. She presents with confidence and passion.



Starts: Feb 20, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: Feb 20, 2024 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
February 20, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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