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Asking Clients About Racial Stress and Trauma

How to Broach the Topic Appropriately

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, S. Kent Butler, Zachary Taylor • 10/28/2020

Talking to clients of color about race and experiences of racial trauma is critical. But many white clinicians struggle with how to open these discussions.

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Race and Healing

Expanding the Conversation

Gail Parker, S. Kent Butler, Amber Flynn, Deran Young, Lambers Fisher, Monnica Williams, Zachary Taylor • 8/26/2020

Now, more than ever, we’re engaged as a society in finding ways to have a truly meaningful dialogue about race and racism. But how do we translate good intentions into practice? In this discussion, six clinicians of color speak candidly with a white therapist about what actually helps heal race-based stress and trauma, rather than just pay it lip service.

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Asking Clients About Racial Stress and Trauma

How to Broach the Topic Appropriately

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, S. Kent Butler, Zachary Taylor • 10/28/2020

Talking to clients of color about race and experiences of racial trauma is critical. But many white clinicians struggle with how to open these discussions.

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Race and Healing

Expanding the Conversation

Gail Parker, S. Kent Butler, Amber Flynn, Deran Young, Lambers Fisher, Monnica Williams, Zachary Taylor • 8/26/2020

Now, more than ever, we’re engaged as a society in finding ways to have a truly meaningful dialogue about race and racism. But how do we translate good intentions into practice? In this discussion, six clinicians of color speak candidly with a white therapist about what actually helps heal race-based stress and trauma, rather than just pay it lip service.

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A professor of counselor education and school psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Sylvester Kent Butler Jr. has been serving in higher education for more thank two decades. A three-time UConn graduate, with two advanced degrees from the Neag School, Butler is now also part of the UCF president’s cabinet, overseeing the office of Diversity and Inclusion as interim chief equity, inclusion, and diversity officer. His research – spanning such areas as African American student achievement and success as well as multicultural and social justice issues in counseling – has been recognized by UCF as a Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence, received the Tennessee Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Appreciation Award, and named an American Counseling Association Fellow. Known as an accessible and engaged faculty member, he also has demonstrated his leadership in two large counseling professional organizations, including the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, for which he has served as president. His most proud leadership role includes being elected the 70th president, and second-ever African American male to serve, of the American Counseling Association.