1. Panel: Treatment of race-based trauma -– Session I

Panel: Treatment of race-based trauma

Presentation 1. Treating psychological consequences of crime-induced community: Wide trauma in low SES areas of Chicago​

James Maltzahn, M.Ed., Zach Pudlowski, and Michael Cohn (Adler School of Professional Psychology)

Symptomology of PTSD is heightened in lower-SES and high-crime areas as a result of reoccurring trauma brought on by frequent violence that is combined with little to no services mediating such issues. Current interventions used in the treatment of PTSD include medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. This presentation will discuss current and new interventions for treating PTSD and similar symptoms in high-crime, high-poverty areas, including the Southside of Chicago.


Presentation 2. Implications of racial trauma on African Americans’ subjective psychological wellness: “I am Black and I am tired” – where art meets science

Kia Watkins (Adler School of Professional Psychology)

According to Carter and Reynolds (2011), heightened levels of stress from comprehensive, chronic, and cumulative experiences with racism are found to be associated with negative self-esteem, decreased quality of life, intrusive thoughts, hypertension, depression, anxiety, and headaches in Black Americans. Furthermore, Tobler, et al., (2013) suggested that a strong association exists between perceived racial discrimination and negative mental health outcomes. The purpose of this workshop is to illustrate the impact of racial trauma through a spoken word performance, written from the perspective of an African American student of Clinical Psychology. The performance serves to spark critical analysis and discourse regarding the symptomology of racialized trauma articulated in the poem and to provide creative anecdotal context to the empirical literature. Current studies and research will be woven into the discussion. Implications for current and future clinicians, the field of psychology, and other mental health professions will be explored within the workshop.