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Understanding Racial Microaggressions: Implications for Clinical Practice

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Presenters: Gary Carrington, PhD and Amber A. Hewitt, PhD

Level: Beginner

Cost: OPA Member: $25 | Nonmember:$40

This webinar will explore racial microaggressions which have been defined as brief and commonplace daily, verbal, behavioral, or environmental idignities, intentional or unintentional that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color (Sue, Capodilupo, Torino, Bucceri, Holder, Nadal, & Esquilin, 2007). Microaggressions are a type of perceived racism that negatively impacts the health and well-being, and describe a dynamic interplay between perpetrator and recipient that operate to create psychological dilemmas. A taxonomy of three identified forms and nine categories with distinct themes will be reviewed. Barriers to clinical practice and racial trauma will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Define and conceptualize the taxonomy of microaggressions, and understand how they manifest in three distinct forms.
  • Identify categories of microaggressions with distinct themes, and bring greater awareness and understanding of how they operate.
  • Explore racial microaggressions in the life experience of African Americans and discuss five domains that represent the way microaggressions are articulated.
  • Explore the coping mechanisms used by people of color (POC) to stave off the negative effects of microaggressions, and increase awareness of racioethnic majority group expressions of microaggressions.
  • Understanding microaggressions as a barrier to clinical practice, and the manifestation of microaggressions in psychotherapy.
  • Conceptualization and discussion of racial trauma through microaggressions.


Three Literary References:

  • Donovan, R. A., Galban, D. J., Grace, R. K., Bennett, J. K., & Felcie, S. Z. (2012). Impact of racial macro- and microaggressions in black women’s lives: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Black Psychology, 39, 185-196.
  • Helms, J. E., Nicolas, G., & Green, C. E. (2012). Racism and ethnoviolence as trauma: Enhancing professional research and training. Traumatology, 18, 65-74.
  • Sue, D. W., Capodilupo, C. M., Torino, G. C., Bucceri, J. M., Holder, A. M. B., Nadal, K. L., & Esquilin, M. (2007). Racial microaggressions in everyday life: Implications for clinical practice. American Psychologist, 62, 271-286.


About the Presenters:

Gary E. Carrington, PhD is a licensed psychologist and was appointed as Diversity Chair and Board member of Ohio Psychological Association in 2015. He has served as the Diversity Delegate for the past two years for the APA State Leadership Conference in Washington, D. C. In addition, he selected in the inaugural class of the Leadership Development Academy. He is a Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cuyahoga Community College. His research interests include resiliency characteristics of African American male students and retention and persistence variables.

Dr. Amber Hewitt is a tenure track faculty member of the University of Akron Department of Psychology. Her research interests include: Gendered-racial identity development; Scale development; Stereotypical roles and images, and Racial Socialization. She was selected as a Leadership Development Academy Fellow in the inaugural class of OPA. In addition, she serves as member of the OPA Diversity Committee.

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The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608 and RTX071703.