Injustice Rolling Down Like Boulders: The Traumatic Impact of Supreme Court Rulings on the Mental Health of Marginalized Populations
Image For Activity Cover
Expires on Jul 29, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 07/29/2022 - 07/29/2025


FREE - $0
Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.  

Recent Supreme Court rulings have served to highlight the court’s long-standing effect on the lives of marginalized peoples. These rulings are only part of the court’s larger history of systemic injustice that disproportionately affects minority communities, and yet is rarely considered in the day-to-day practice of working with people seeking mental health services.


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

This presentation was recorded on July 22, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the traumatic impact of Supreme Court Decisions/Social Public Policy on the mental health of marginalized communities 
  • Expand the view of the “justice system’s” intersection with mental health from law enforcement and local criminal & appellate courts to encapsulate the broader context of the world in which we inhabit. 
  • Have attendees ask the examine the question of treating people experiencing the systemic, organized trauma of disempowerment. 

Target Audience

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

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: July 29, 2022
End Date: July 29, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including 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 (non-physicians) showing the completion 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 enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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.  

Program Presenters

  • Micah Pearson is Secretary of the NAMI Board of Directors and the Executive Director of NAMI of Southern New Mexico. He first learned about NAMI through taking a peer-to-peer class, after which he encouraged his parents to take the NAMI Family-to-Family class. This ended up saving his life years later after he experienced multiple hospitalizations and the all-too-common de facto hospital that is the criminal justice system. Through his affiliation with NAMI, Micah hopes to address the social determinants of health (specifically diversity, equity and inclusion-related issues) and their impact on mental health treatment. As an advocate, he is also a member of the Opioid +360 substance use reduction group, and member of the Local Behavioral Health Collaborative and has expertise in information systems, criminal justice and public policy. As an artist, his art has been featured at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building and had three gallery shows and authored multiple books; the last of which was A Peek Inside: Illustrated Journeys in Life With Mental Illness. Micah has no financial relationships to disclose.

Program Planners

  • Regina James, M.D., APA Chief of Diversity and Health Equity ,American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

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+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

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

For assistance: Contact for questions about this activity | Contact for technical assistance

Powered By