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What is Racial Trauma? | Panel Discussion on AADL.TV


Tuesday August 4, 2020: 7:00pm to 8:00pm



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Join panelists Marna Clowney-Robinson, Raina LaGrand, Micah Saniyah, and Lauren Tatarsky for an in-depth discussion on racial trauma. Learn about racial and generational trauma, its impacts on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and steps that can be taken towards building a more anti-racist society.

Questions for the panelists? Please leave any questions in the comments section below.

Panelists include: 

Marna M. Clowney-Robinson, LLMSW, MLIS is a Clinical Social Worker and Librarian. As a mental health provider, she specializes in identity issues, eating disorders, and trauma. She serves as an Access and Public Services Librarian at the University of Michigan Library. At the intersection of social work and librarianship, she utilizes bibliotherapy to treat eating disorders, has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) discussing issues related to eating disorders within minority populations, and does research focused on trauma informed approaches in academic libraries. 

Raina LaGrand is a somatic trauma therapist and yoga teacher living in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a diverse background in trauma-informed care and trauma treatment, including completion of Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and additional training in trauma-informed mindfulness and movement strategies for trauma and mood disorders. Raina has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, and self-care workshops with a focus on healing justice since 2013. 

Micah Saniyah (xe/them/their) is. white, queer, non-binary therapist at Integrative Empowerment Group in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI. Xe is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ clients, as well as individuals exploring issues related to self-worth, perfectionism, ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, whiteness, and white-body supremacy. Xe is also a polyam- and kink-aware therapist. Micah is learning what it means to heal into right relationship with themself, with others and with the Earth. Xe believes that getting to know and dismantling their own embodied white supremacy and colonialism is central to that healing. 

Lauren Tatarsky holds a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Guidance from Sofia University and works with techniques of spiritual and somatic psychology including: Focusing, Psychosynthesis, Jungian Dream Analysis, and Somatic Experiencing. Her trauma and grief work is somatic allowing access to healing through body memory releasing trauma without reliving trauma.

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My Grandmother's Hands : : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem's free racialized trauma e course 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (also available as an audiobook)

Mindful of Race by Ruth King

The Body Keeps the Score : : Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk (also available as an audiobook)

Me and White Supremacy : : Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (also available as an audiobook)

6 Crucial Steps to Decolonizing Your Therapy Practice webinar by Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW

Angela Davis Radio on Spotify

White Awake: Waking ourselves for the benefit of all (website)


Trauma Teach-In: Responsive Practices for Navigating Trauma as Learners and

A FREE webinar for educators for all kinds

August 22 1-3pm ET

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