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"What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Black Folks and Other People of Color (BIPOC)" 6 CEs with Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT

  • 06/02/2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • May 23rd or after - if you are a licensed RECAMFT member, please use this registration type. Members need to be logged into to complete your registration.
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Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT

Don't miss this 6 CE ZOOM event!


"What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Black Folks and Other People of Color (BIPOC)"

Presented by: 

Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT

Friday, June 2, 2023

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Qualifies for 6.0 CEs

(6 hours of instruction plus 1 hour break for lunch)

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Note: An on-demand version of this training will be produced. If you know you cannot attend the "live" training on Zoom on June 2nd, please do not sign up for this event; instead, wait for the on-demand program to be published and you can purchase it then.

Course Description

In this presentation, therapists will increase their understanding of some of the issues Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are faced with on a daily basis and how those experiences can impact the way these individuals are viewed in society as well as how these experiences influence how BIPOC individuals may view themselves as well. Post-traumatic slave syndrome, transgenerational trauma, and implicit bias will be examined and discussed, and the role these constructs play in the everyday lives of BIPOC. 

The purpose of this presentation is to open the lines of communication around diversity, equity, and inclusion, in a way that enhances the understanding of Non People of Color to help them redefine cultural competence. This effort is to improve the lines of communication about hard topics, uncomfortable discussions, and the "pink elephant" in the room around racial issues.

The experiences of BIPOC individuals in America are often dismissed, invalidated, and ridiculed leading to the stress that comes with feeling invisible, inadequate, and misunderstood. In a therapeutic setting the presentation of BIPOC individuals are often misunderstood causing misrepresention, leading to misdiagnosis, medication mismanagement, and missing pieces existing in their mental health care. Therapists commit to a Code of Ethics to "DO NO HARM," however, microaggressions, implicit bias, color-blindness, and well-intended missteps can show up in the therapy room and undermine the mental health treatment of BIPOC clients. These challenges can be overcome with intentional commitment to examining, understanding, and holding space for clients of color in an effort to bridge the cultural gap and exercise true cultural competence.

In the 21st century, Non People of Color may be shocked, to hear that the dehumanizing remnants of slavery still paralyzes little black girls and boys sitting in classrooms where the truth is not told as it happened regarding their ancestors. It becomes especially dehumanizing when that black child is living in an area largely inhabited by Caucasian children who may not actually consider him or her as equal. It can feel to that child as though they are on display as the shining example of what "a Black" can achieve if, "They simply pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and took hold of their lives."

Some have said, "See, that one is smart, or speaks the King's English, or wears his pants neatly around his waist." Others, "This little girl, has nice tame curls, not like that girl who has those kinky puffy round things on each side of her head." Are we aware of this history when these children grow up and show up in the therapy room? Do you know they may face the very same challenges in college or later still, in the workplace, and finally in your office seeking therapy? Let's take an inside look, therapeutically. Hold on to your hats!!

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

  1. Learn 6 specific tools to provide Allyship, and understand implicit bias and microaggressions and how to avoid them.
  2. Understand and identify 3 principles of "Racial Invisibility" and how to eliminate it in therapeutic settings.
  3. Redefine and implement 2 key components of cultural competence.
  4. Explain 3 consequences of systemic racism.
  5. Define 4 of the physiological and psychological implications of race-based trauma.
  6. Engage in, learn, and implement 3 racial healing practices.
  7. Recall 3 key behavior patterns associated with Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS).
  8. Name 3 principles of "Critical Race Theory."
  9. Recall 2 key principles to support and assist BIPOC clients in a safe therapeutic environment still impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in 2023.

  10. Demonstrate 3 situations and how to interact with colleagues in work and social settings.

  11. Identify racial trauma and 3 ways it may present in a client.

  12. Recognize 4 reasons that history and past experiences around race.


Early-bird registration on or before May 22, 2023

  • Licensed RECAMFT Members $69
  • Prelicensed RECAMFT Members $29
  • Members of Marin CAMFT $69
  • Non-chapter members/general public $89

Registration on or after May 23, 2023

  • Licensed RECAMFT Members $89
  • Prelicensed RECAMFT Members $39
  • Members of Marin CAMFT $89
  • Non-chapter members/general public $109

Note: For those of you participating in our Justice Project: Antiracism, attending this event will take the place of reading two books. The first 25 people to complete either of our Justice Projects will receive free registration to attend 6 CEs of Law & Ethics trainings! Find out more here

Register here.

About Our Speaker

Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT Therapist, Transformational Performance Coach, and Speaker/Trainer/Author is best described as a "people" person. Her group practice, Living Loved Pathways to Holistic Healing is in Encino, CA where she and her staff serve individuals, couples, children and adolescents, and families. The "Living Loved Team" specializes in non-traditional therapeutic modalities such as mindfulness, sound baths, and use music, art, and movement as healing tools to help manage and ultimately help heal trauma.

Shawn LaRé founded the "Diversity Committee" at SFV-CAMFT in 2018 and has served on the board as Vice-President of Programs in 2021-22 and currently serves in the role of President-Elect. She spent several years as editor of the newsletter, "Connections," and has been selected as a member speaker in 2018 presenting on Human Sex Trafficking and in 2021, she presented "What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Black Folks and Other People of Color (BIPOC)." Brinkley has co-authored two book anthologies and is currently working on her first solo book project.

Additionally, Shawn LaRé is pursuing her Doctorate in General Psychology, with an emphasis in Performance Psychology. In the Spring of 2022, she traveled to Trinidad & Tobago to deliver her first TEDx Talk, entitled "When the Fairy-tale Fades". Brinkley considers herself a lifelong learner as well as a teacher of her acquired life lessons. She lives life on "full tilt boogie" and believes love, laughter, and ADHD are her superpowers. Shawn LaRé's motto: "When life gives you lemons, don't just make lemonade, you gotta' suck on them 'til it tastes like chocolate."


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Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT (Provider #57173) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

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  • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation which will be verified by our Zoom logs, and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

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¿Buscas ayuda? Encuentre terapeutas que ofrezcan sesiones gratuitas de crisis y desastres naturales aquí. Visite Visite la NAMI Warmline. Toma una clase de yoga informada sobre el trauma. ¡Nos recuperaremos juntos!

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