Healing from Racial Trauma: A Social Ecological Approach
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Expires on Mar 31, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

This webinar will describe how historicized and ongoing racialized trauma has negatively impacted generations of African Americans and explore multi-level healing pathways utilizing the Social Ecological Model. Learners will be provided with information on the intergenerational biologic transmission of historical trauma and examples of atrocities that have impacted African Americans. In addition, the impact of community and household toxic trauma on brain development in children will be outlined.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity. 

This presentation was recorded on March 25, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the increased risk of physical and mental health disorders due to childhood adversities.
  • Implement the Lacanian psychoanalytic theory of ‘lack’ and ‘jouissance’ to the maintenance of racism and the phantasy of racial superiority.
  • Describe population- and individual-level prevention approaches to healing of the ‘whole’ individual.

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Medical students and other mental health professionals 

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: March 31, 2022 
Program End Date: March 31, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.  

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity. 


  • Dr. Shervington has an intersectional career in psychiatry and public mental health. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine and the President and CEO of the Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES), a community-based translational public health institute. At IWES, Dr. Shervington directs a federally funded trauma-informed Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program as well as the community-based post-disaster mental health recovery division at that she created after Hurricane Katrina. At Tulane, Dr. Shervington provides psychotherapy supervision for Psychiatry residents. She has an illustrious career in public mental health and population health, with posts at the national, state and local level. She also has extensive clinical and community expertise in PTSD and trauma-informed response. Dr. Shervington has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  


  • Gabriel Escontrias, Jr, Ed.D, Health Equity Director, American Psychiatric Association, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  
  • Ebony Harris, M.S., Senior Instructional Designer, American Psychiatric Association, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.   

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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