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The Racial Trauma Treatment Protocol: A 12-Session CBT Approach for Therapists Working with Racial Wounds

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Monnica Williams, PhD. ABPP |  Chad Wetterneck, PhD
6 Hours 14 Minutes
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May 18, 2022
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Racial stress and trauma are common presentations in therapy…and the number of clients needing treatment is only expected to grow.

But there are few guidelines available for therapists, and fewer trainings, to show you what to do in sessions. No step-by-step guides, no clinical tools and no practice tips. You feel like you’re winging it; knowing these clients need your help, but worried that the lack of available clinical guidance will leave them suffering for years…maybe forever.

That’s why Dr. Monnica Williams, psychologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject of racial trauma, has developed a 12-Session Protocol that gives therapists a step-by-step blueprint to assess for racial stress and trauma and achieve optimal outcomes in treatment.

And now, in this one-day seminar, Dr. Williams and fellow expert Dr. Chad Wetterneck will provide you the specialized training you need to utilize her treatment protocol, so you never need to feel like your clients’ race-based wounds will go unaddressed again.

When you purchase, you’ll get the essential components of treatment for racial stress and trauma based in today’s most up-to-date empirical evidence so you can:

  • Better validate clients’ race-based experiences
  • Combat clients internalized racism and self-blame
  • Help clients process their traumatic race-based experiences
  • Increase clients’ feelings of agency toward racism and reduce their feelings of helplessness
  • And much more!

Don’t spend one more day worrying if clients who’ve suffered traumatic racial experiences, bias and discrimination are getting the best treatment you can provide.

Purchase today!



This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



Monnica Williams, PhD. ABPP's Profile

Monnica Williams, PhD. ABPP Related seminars and products

Dr. Monnica T. Williams is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, in the School of Psychology, where she is the Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities. She is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Connecticut, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically supported treatments. Prior to her move to Canada, Dr. Williams was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School (2007-2011), the University of Louisville in Psychological and Brain Sciences (2011-2016), where she served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities, and the University of Connecticut (2016-2019) where she had appointments in both Psychological Science and Psychiatry. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on BIPOC mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 150 scientific articles on these topics. Current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, barriers to treatment in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. This includes her work as a PI in a multisite study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD for people of color. She also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, scientific conferences, and community organizations. She has served as the African American SIG leader for Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and currently is Chair of their Academic Training Education Standards (ATES). She serves as an Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy. She also serves on the editorial board of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Canadian Psychology, International Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders and the Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and co-founded their Diversity Council. Her work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR, CBS, Huffington Post and the New York Times.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Monnica Williams has employment relationships with Behavioral Wellness Clinic and the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Williams receives grant funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Marin Family Foundation, Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, Source Research Foundation, Psychedelic Science Research Collaborative, Ontario Research Fund, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. Non-financial: Dr. Monnica Williams is a member of the Canadian Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. She serves on the board of directors of Psychedelic Medicines and Therapies and the Source Research Foundation. Dr. Williams serves on the editorial board of several academic journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.

Chad Wetterneck, PhD's Profile

Chad Wetterneck, PhD Related seminars and products

Chad Wetterneck, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the clinical director of Trauma Recovery services at Rogers Behavioral Health, where he developed the adult trauma recovery programs at the residential, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient levels of care. Dr. Wetterneck holds adjunct faculty appointments at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles, has co-authored a book, and has been grant-funded for studies on treatment outcome. Dr. Wetterneck is vice-chair of the Diversity Special Interest Group of the International OCD Foundation and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Chad Wetterneck is the founder of The Recovery from OCD, Anxiety, and Depression. He has employment relationships with Rogers Behavioral Health and Marquette University. Chad Wetterneck receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-Financial: Chad Wetterneck is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the American Psychological Association, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.


  1. Assess for racial stress and trauma using validated scales and clinical interviews.
  2. Utilize psychoeducation about racism to reduce shame by helping clients understand racism is not their fault.
  3. Create a support network with clients to help them reduce stress and provide resources for them when racial stress occurs.
  4. Use cultural exploration and appreciation strategies to reduce shame in clients and increase their feelings of belongingness.
  5. Employ role play with clients to build their skills in responding to racism in various situations and increasing their confidence to act.
  6. Use graduated exposure to increase clients’ feelings of agency toward racism and reduce their feelings of helplessness and victimization.


Session 1 – Assessment
  • Use of validated scales and clinical interview to assess racial stress and trauma. Will also cover research limitations and treatment risks.
Session 2 – Making Sense of Racism
  • Use psychoeducation about racism and resulting harms to reduce shame by helping clients understand racism is not their fault.
Session 3 – Coping & Self-Care
  • Assess clients’ coping and self-care strategies so you can increase functional strategies and decrease dysfunctional ones.
Session 4 – Cultivating a Support Network
  • Identify existing social supports and find ways to create more to reduce clients’ stress and provide resources for when racial stress occurs.
Session 5 – Dismantling Internalized Racism
  • Use cognitive defusion and restructuring, along with cultural exploration and appreciation to reduce shame in clients and increase their feelings of belongingness.
Session 6 – Understanding Race and Whiteness
  • Provide psychoeducation about race, including the invisibility of Whiteness, to increase clients’ feelings of control by better predicting racism in the environment.
Session 7 – Exposure and Processing Experiences of Racism
  • Use Socratic questioning, writing, artistic expression to change clients’ thinking about distressing events and reduce distress, shame and guilt
Session 8 – Strategies to Combat Racism
  • Use journaling, review of possible responses, and role playing to build clients’ skills in responding to racism in various situations and increasing their confidence to act.
Session 9 – Practicing Combatting Racism in Everyday Life
  • Use graduated exposure and show clients how to respond to racism in daily life, make predictions and process outcomes to increase their feelings of agency toward racism and reduce their feelings of helplessness and victimization.
Session 10 – Posttraumatic Growth and Meaning Making
  • Consolidate events into a cohesive and meaningful narrative with clients
Session 11 – Social Action, Activism, and Healing Outside Therapy
  • Help clients evaluate their values, manage exposure to challenging situations, and attempt to reach racial justice goals so they can continue ongoing meaning-making of prior trauma, promote change in their environment, and feel agentic.
Session 12 – Moving On
  • Synthesize course of treatment and mastery of techniques for purposes of relapse prevention.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses


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