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Deactivating the Polyvagal Response to Racial Trauma

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Candice Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP, MAC
6 Hours 18 Minutes
Jan 21, 2022
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Good intentions are not enough to heal generational wounds incurred by racial trauma and decades of systematic racism.

It requires refined knowledge and skills that many clinicians were never taught.

That’s why we’re bringing you a brand-new approach to treatment!

Polyvagal theory for complex racial trauma offers a profound method for developing connection with clients to resolve trauma. Targeting the vagus nerve, polyvagal response deactivation interventions soothe the nervous systems of both you and the client. Through this interactive co-regulating process you will transform your clients’ minds, bodies, and your practice.

Get ready for an incredibly impactful one-day training with Candice Dickens, LPC. With 30 years of experience as a clinician, she specializes in trauma-based care and the intersection of race, ethnicity and other cultural factors. Candice shares with you a moving experience of learning to lead clients through processing their own complex trauma related to race, childhood experiences, and more - while also deepening your understanding of your own nervous system reactions in session.

In this online training you’ll learn how to receive the client as they are, enriching your dyadic attunement. The unique application of polyvagal response to racial trauma encourages:

  • Processing of intergenerational and legacy trauma
  • Growth of new neurological connections changing old patterns
  • Decreased reaction to triggering stimuli related to race seen on media and other places
  • And much more!

Don’t wait, learn how to help clients resolve complex racial trauma symptoms today in this one-of-a-kind training!



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP, MAC, is the owner of the training institute CRA Counseling & Consulting Agency. She has been a clinician for over 30 years and specializes in the intersection of trauma-based therapies and race, ethnicity, and cultural areas. Candice is a graduate of Bowling Green State University holding a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and is working on completing a PhD in counselor education and supervision through Saybrook University. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor. Candice frequently presents on the topic of trauma and race, including at Psychotherapy Networker, the Social Security Administration, and the Association for Addiction Professionals among other events.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Candice Richardson Dickens is clinical psychotherapist at CRA Counseling & Consulting Agency. She is a crisis incident stress management specialist with Life Care Bridge. She no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Candice Richardson Dickens an executive board member for The Night of Peace Shelter. She is a member of the Maryland Association of Imago Therapist.

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  1. Analyze signs of racial trauma and how generational adaptations manifest in the form of survival coping skills.
  2. Hypothesize how racial trauma is an exaggerated form of complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
  3. Apply trauma and multisensory mind-body based therapies to deactivate the trauma response and create internal regulation.
  4. Utilize internal resourcing to ground clients who experience racial trauma.
  5. Resolve complex trauma experienced vicariously or directly by exposure to repeated racial trauma.
  6. Develop transgenerational trauma and adaptive cultural coping mechanisms.


Pathways of Trauma Genesis: Development of Generational Transmission
  • Intergenerational trauma – how it works
  • Racial Trauma as Infinity Complex traumas
  • Redefining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eurocentric cultural biases
  • Discerning complex racial and ethnic trauma
  • Enhance skills for clients of intersectional identities
Racial Trauma and the Polyvagal Response: Healing Its Impact and Moving Forward
  • Essential components of polyvagal theory
  • Polyvagal response to racial trauma for all
  • Neurological connections and our clients’ worlds
  • Adrenaline fatigue, burnout from “survival mode”
  • Shame, grief, and self-deprecation, a psycho-social perspective
Unique Aspects of Assessing Racial Trauma: Find Hidden Trauma
  • Comorbidities – discern symptoms from systemic oppression
  • How to identify index traumas
  • Tips for deactivating response to internal and external triggers
  • Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Identification of racial specific trauma and stress
  • Use cultural competency to foster rapport
Deactivate Trauma Responses and Move Toward Safety
  • Experiential mind-body breathwork for vagus nerve soothing
  • How to use internal resourcing for healing trauma
  • 5 Ways to liberate traumatic racial memories
  • Legacy trauma unburdening and unpacking
  • Building community support and other protective factors
  • Creating safety regulation in traumatized clients
Tools for Therapeutic Racial Justice in Session
  • Tips for incorporating cultural humility
  • Cultural practices as tools for generational healing
  • Scripts for enhancing communication on difficult topics

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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