Learning Community: Do You See Me? Silence vs. Voicelessness | Spring 2024

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Sherronda Jamerson, MA, SUDP, to offer a live learning community about racial trauma and trauma-informed treatment in clinical settings. 8 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.)


Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress, is the cumulative effects 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


  • Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10)
  • Commitment to attend the whole series is required
  • Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate
  • Applications are no longer being accepted for this opportunity.
  • Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected].

SESSIONS: Mondays, April 8-29, 2024 

1:00-3:00 pm AK / 2:00 - 4:00pm PT / 3:00 - 5:00pm MT


April 8: Trauma and the Nervous System

Trauma affects the involuntary nervous system, body, brain, and memory function. It is difficult to recognize this level of trauma, therefore client’s trauma symptoms are often mislabeled or dismissed.

Objective: Learn how to identify and treat symptoms related to trauma in the body.

April 15: Racial Trauma

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.

Objective: Education on race-based trauma and how to recognize symptoms in clients, while assisting them in recovering their authentic voice and self-expression.

April 22: Who has Trauma?

If you were born and/or raised in the United States it is highly likely you have trauma. If this trauma is not addressed, it can get trapped inside your body. How trauma reveals itself varies from person-to-person and culture-to-culture.

Objective: Learn how trauma can invade the body and how symptoms of chronic trauma can affect individuals, communities and a culture.


April 29: Trauma Informed Care

Recognize the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledge the role trauma may play in the division of this country.

Objective: Understanding generational, race-based trauma, how it can affect social division, and understanding the importance of your professional role with clients.


Sherronda Jamerson, MA, SUDP

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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.


*Continuing Education Contact Hours Details

Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance use disorder professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620, WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Starts: Apr 8, 2024 2:00 pm
Ends: Apr 29, 2024 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
March 22, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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