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Charity Griffin Recorded Webinar: Clinical Considerations for Racial Stress and Trauma in School-Based Settings

1.5 Hours of CE

$25 for members / $35 for non-members

Moderator: Shadi Beshai, Ph.D.


Black children and adolescents live in a society wherein anti-Black racism is a common experience. Schools systems are often platforms for these social injustices, where Black children experience disproportionately punitive discipline, microaggressions, explicit racism, and police brutality while simultaneously attempting to learn. Racial stress and trauma (RST) is a byproduct of racism when racism disrupts psychological, emotional and physical well-being. This presentation will explore Black youth’s experiences with racism and racial stress and trauma in schools and intervention research conducted on school-based trauma interventions. Additionally, this presentation provides future directions for research and reveals the need for further research on school-based assessment and interventions for Black youth’s racial stress and trauma. Strategies for building resilience among this population and practice recommendations based on empirical evidence will also be discussed.  

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe school-based racial stress and trauma experiences among Black youth  
  2. Discuss school-based trauma interventions
  3.  Understand practice recommendations for youth experiencing school-based racial stress and trauma 


About the Presenter:

Dr. Charity Brown Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a M.A. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. After completing her graduate training, Dr. Griffin served children and families through her practice as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and she is also Licensed as a Psychologist by the North Carolina Psychology Board. Dr. Griffin’s research program examines how Black youths’ experiences with race-related processes in schools and communities influence educational and psychological outcomes. Her research on topics, including racial identity, racial socialization, racism and racial discrimination, school racial climate, and school engagement, has been published in popular media outlets for PBS Kids and Successful Black Parenting Magazine and peer-reviewed journals such as Psychology in the Schools, Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Applied School PsychologySex Roles and others.  

Recommended Readings/Resources:
Grapin, S. L., Griffin, C. B., Naser, S. C., Brown, J. M., & Proctor, S. L. (2019). School-based interventions for reducing youths’ racial and ethnic prejudice. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences6(2), 154-161. 
Golden, A. R., Griffin, C. B., Metzger, I. W., & Cooper, S. M. (2018). School racial climate and academic outcomes in African American adolescents: The protective role of peers. Journal of Black Psychology44(1), 47-73.
Henderson, D. X., Walker, L., Barnes, R. R., Lunsford, A., Edwards, C., & Clark, C. (2019). A framework for racerelated trauma in the public education system and implications on health for black youth. Journal of school health89(11), 926-933.  
Jernigan, M. M., & Daniel, J. H. (2011). Racial trauma in the lives of Black children and adolescents: Challenges and clinical implications. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma4(2), 123-141.  



About the Moderator:  Dr. Shadi Beshai is an associate professor at the University of Regina and Director of the Depression Cognition and Culture Lab. Dr. Beshai’s research is focused on improving access to and promotion of evidence-based psychological treatments for adult depression and anxiety.

Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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