Supporting Young People of Color
A Culturally Responsive Framework for Navigating Race-Based Stress
This training is co-sponsored by the Greater New York Metropolitan Region Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (NYC-ACBS).
Race-based stress has well-documented adverse effects and is associated with issues like anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and substance abuse.
And yet, there are limited clinical frameworks that offer guidance in addressing it with young clients who are in a precarious developmental chapter of their lives.
Similar to racial trauma, race-based stress is a term used to refer to cumulative effects of inhabiting a racial identity that is not the majority’s. It is an intentionally broad category that can encompass a range of experiences, from incidents of racism to a pronounced awareness of one’s minority status or the way a person contends with biases held toward their racial group.
The resulting stress can have a significant impact on someone’s life. For example, they may struggle to feel self-love, pride, or confidence, or have difficulty coping with intense emotional responses related to issues of race.
Racial identity and race-based stress are salient aspects of so many young people’s experiences. If your caseload includes BIPOC teens and young adults, you’ve likely wondered how to best approach therapeutic conversations on these topics.
And, like many practitioners, you may also feel unprepared to approach them in a way that’s culturally sensitive and effective.
Perhaps you struggle in some cases to know when it’s appropriate and helpful to talk about race — and how much to focus on it. In other situations, it may be clear you should address the topic, but you lack clarity on how to adapt your tools accordingly and structure the conversation in a way that’s authentic, meaningful, and beneficial.
In this 5-session live online course, you’ll learn a therapeutic framework that can guide you in doing precisely this kind of work with young people of color, giving you the ability to:
- Know when to focus on race-based stress and related topics in sessions, how to weave it into the broader arc of your work, and how to target specific areas and skills when it is necessary
- Assess the impact of race-based stress in four life areas and apply tools for addressing each area
- Have conversations around self-love and pride in one’s identity in addition to how to navigate stressful aspects of racial experience, including events of trauma and racism
- Adapt evidence-based interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help youth expand their coping self-efficacy and support values-based decision making
By adding this culturally responsive framework to your practice, you’ll have the tools and structure you need to effectively help young people of color address race-based stress and its impacts.
About the Course
Supporting Young People of Color is a live online course designed to give you, and the BIPOC adolescents and young adults you work with, a toolkit for more confidently addressing experiences related to racial identity and associated stress.
In 5 sessions, you’ll learn a new therapeutic framework called the Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Healing Unifying Principles, or REACH UP. Dr. Ryan DeLapp, the leader of the course, developed this framework alongside Dr. Laurie Gallo to help clinicians flexibly assess race-based stress and adapt treatment plans when working with adolescents and young adults of color.
Using this framework, you’ll learn how you can:
- Help young people build skills that allow them to access more agency, self-love, and empowerment in their experiences as racial beings
- Become a resource to BIPOC youth as they navigate race-based stress, racism-related stress, or racial trauma during a critical, developmental time in their lives
- Confidently and authentically address issues of race-based stress in a way that’s responsive to clients’ individual needs, interests, and identities
- Lead productive and culturally sensitive conversations about racial identity, even if your racial and cultural backgrounds are different to your clients’
In addition to benefiting from highly practical instruction, you’ll be invited to reflect on your own experiences with race, hear case examples, and receive worksheets, exercises, and other intervention tools to help you integrate this new framework with clients.
All along the way, you’ll receive actionable recommendations to help you clarify the impact of race-based stress in clients’ lives and implement coping resources that promote their empowerment, self-acceptance, and healing.
This training offers 10 CE hours if attended live. We can only provide CE to those who are present via Zoom for the live sessions. However, the sessions will be recorded and available to watch later. Registrants may access these recordings at any time for up to nine months after the live training ends.
Before registering, please review conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information here.
Session 1 | April 8, 2024, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
Hour 1: Why focus on Race-based Stress when working AYA of Color?
Hour 2: Preparing to engage in conversation about Race-based Stress
Session 2 | April 15, 2024, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
Hour 1: Assessing for Race-based Stress
Hour 2: Assessing Racial Coping Self-Efficacy
Session 3 | April 22, 2024, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
Hour 1: What is Emotional Stress?
Hour 2: Coping with Emotional Stress
Session 4 | April 29, 2024, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
Hour 1: What is Community and Relationship Stress?
Hour 2: Coping with Community and Relationship Stress
Session 5 | May 2, 2024, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
Hour 1: What is Identity Stress?
Hour 2: Coping with Identity Stress
Participants will be able to:
- Define what race-based stress is and why it is important to incorporate into treatment plans for adolescents and young adults (AYA) of color
- Identify personal actions attendees can take to create a safe space for AYA to disclose experiences of RBS within therapeutic spaces.
- Identify how to incorporate structured assessments of race-based stress into intake/screening procedures to inform when it is important to further explore the impact of such stress
- Use the Racial, Ethnic, And Cultural Healing Unifying Principles (REACH UP) model to assess how AYA of color define racial coping self-efficacy
- Assess AYA experiences of “Emotional Stress” caused by RBS
- Discuss evidenced-based interventions within treatment plans to improve coping self-efficay for “Emotional Stress” caused by RBS
- Assess AYA experiences of “Community and Relationship Stress” caused by RBS
- Identify ways to incorporate evidenced-based intervention within treatment plans to improve coping self-efficacy for “Community and Relationship Stress” caused by RBS
- Assess AYA experiences of “Identity Stress” caused by RBS
- Describe evidenced-based interventions within treatment plans to improve coping self-efficacy “Identity Stress” caused by RBS
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