Our panel of experts explore psychological perspectives and actions on the recent confluence of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 and its intersection with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on communities of color and other communities. The dual pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19 have led governments to declare racism a “public health crisis.” How does this manifest in the mental health of communities of Black, Indigenous, People of Color? The discussion will focus on how these dual pandemics have impacted the conversations psychologists are having in the workplace, with colleagues, and with clients.
The experts will offer suggestions on how psychologists in a variety of settings can address comments ranging from insensitive to overtly racist. Do these responses differ depending on whether one is perceived as a member of the majority or minority culture? If so, how?
- Define trauma, racial trauma and trauma-informed care.
- Recognize signs of trauma and racial trauma.
- Articulate the theory of intersectionality.
- Apply a trauma-informed framework to their practice skills.
- Describe trauma-informed practices to address healing from racial trauma and COVID-19.
- Identify the impact of psychosocial, sociocultural and environmental issues on health equity.
- Delineate strategies for coping with the interrelated complexities of COVID-19 and mental health.