Systemic Racial Trauma: A Somatic Perspective
This presentation is an exploration of Systemic Racial Trauma, Somatic Experiencing Concepts, and tools for healing. The presenterhighlight concepts from authors such as; Resmaa Menakem and Robin DiAngelo their exploration of how white bodies can unknowingly perpetuate racism and how to cultivate an expansive and curious approach toward examining racial biases. Weaving in the experiences of the presenter as a biracial brown - bodied person, the presentation will discuss how racial trauma impacts the nervous system of brown and black bodies and other oppressed populations. Participants will engage in somatic exercises created by Peter Levine as a method of learning about the somatic concepts of titration, pendulation, constriction and expansion in relation to race related topics. In addition, the traumatic impact of systemic racism will be explored along with various somatic treatment techniques.
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- List three ways that white people can perpetuate racism
- Utilize methods for cultivating curiosity and expansion in examining their own racial biases
- Describe various ways people of color are impacted by Systemic Racism
- Identify three basic somatic elements related to the impact of Systemic Racial Trauma
- Describe three somatic treatment techniques with regards to Systemic Racial Trauma
Presenter: Rebecca Carter, LCPC
Presenter Bio: Rebecca Carter is a biracial, cisgender, transracially adopted female whose ancestors are West African and Sicilian. Rebecca has two black adopted children and is a trauma therapist with 20+ years experience in helping both women and men heal the wounds of relational trauma that occur in-utero and beyond. Rebecca is trained in both Somatic Experiencing and Transformative Touch Therapy. Rebecca works with adults and teens and have special expertise with repairing complex trauma, dissociation and sexual abuse and has a special dedication to supporting adoptees and their families.
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