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Racism, Trauma & Mental Health: The Inconvenient Truth
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.


This workshop will address the dynamic interplay between racism, trauma, and the pernicious effects on children and families. Relevant concepts and frameworks for understanding mental health consequences and implementing strategies for dismantling racism/mitigating disparities will be discussed. Recommendations for mental health service system intervention and transformation will also be explored.


Recorded webinar.

Learning Objectives 

  • Translate and apply information on the intersections of racism and trauma and its consequences for youth with respect to clinical practice and research.
  • Recognize three strategies to reduce mental health disparities for diverse youth in under-resourced and minoritized communities.
  • Describe systems level interventions needed to reduce disparities, transform care, and promote racial healing.

Target Audience 

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers


  • Alvarez, K., Cervantes, P.E., Nelson, K.L., Seag, D.E.M., Horwitz, S.M., & Hoagwood, K.E. (2022). Review: Structural Racism, Children's Mental Health Service Systems, and Recommendations for Policy and Practice Change. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 61(9):1087-1105. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.12.006 .
  • French, B.H., Lewis, J.A., Mosley, D.V., Adames, H.Y., Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., Chen, G.A., & Neville, H.A. (2020). Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(1), 14-46.
  • Woods-Jaeger, B., Cho, B., & Briggs, E.C. (2020). Training psychologists to address social determinants of mental health. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, online first.

Instructional Level 


Estimate Time to Complete 

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: September 29, 2023
Program End Date: September 29, 2026

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 

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.  


The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 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. 


  • Ernestine Briggs King, PhD. Has no financial relationships to disclose.


  • Ernestine Briggs King, PhD. Has no financial relationships to disclose.
  • Vishal Madaan, MD, Chief of Education and Deputy Medical Director, APA. Has no 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+ 

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 

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 09/29/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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