Pearl Berman, Department of Psychology, will lead a 60-minute workshop designed to help parents and other concerned adults talk to children and teens about the historical trauma faced by African-Americans and how this has influenced current civic unrest over police brutality and racism. This Zoom webinar, "The Trauma of Racism: Talking to Children and Teens," takes place on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Berman takes a psychoeducational approach and provides practical ideas to stimulate adult thinking about what strategies might work best with a particular family. Ideas are discussed that can support resilient development and a sense of agency for ending racial trauma. The format of the webinar is to provide 30 minutes of informational material followed by a 30-minute question and answer period.

Afterward, participating attendees will be able to:

  • integrate issues of the historical trauma faced by the African-American community into their discussions of current events;
  • integrate an understanding of child development into their discussions of traumatic events with children and teens; and,
  • analyze a family's needs and plan a variety of actions to process traumatic events.

This workshop is intended to facilitate discussions led by trusted adults with children and teensit is not therapy.

Please register online.


Kristin Washington, PsyD, PMP and Pearl Berman, PhD


Nada Yorke, LCSW