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A Historical Perspective of Assault and Trauma in Psychology: How Professionals Have Failed the Black Communities

  • 13 May 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Participants will receive 3 CE credits.
  • This webinar is discounted for DCPA students. Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Registrants will receive 3 continuing education credits.
  • Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.

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Event Description: 

The historical effects of racism on Black communities continue to have an extraordinary effect on the psychologist-client relationship. Research suggests that Black communities experience difficulty with trusting psychologists and may present as resistant to treatment. Historically, this lack of trust has been named “cultural paranoia.” In her presentation, Dr. Burrell will tell the story of time. She will connect significant historical assaults to ongoing disparate practices provided to Black communities. She will challenge the psychologists’ role and the generational effects of mental health within the Black communities. She will provide therapeutic insights and discuss how to gain rapport and provide appropriate, helpful, treatment interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify historical and current practices that negatively impact Black communities.
  2. Participants will be able to describe long-term, psychological effects of trauma and psychological assault on Black communities.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize potential barriers to treatment and gain information on how to build trust with Black communities.

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Evelyn Burrell is a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona. She is the clinical training director at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Burrell is the president and Federal Advocacy Coordinator (FAC) for the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA), serving psychologists, students, and other mental health practitioners to promote growth as an agency and within communities. Prior to becoming president, she held the position of Diversity Representative through AzPA and was a Diversity Delegate with APA. She is also the owner of Arise Consultation and Training Services, LLC, providing trainings in cultural awareness and equity to those who serve the public. Due to her advocacy efforts, she was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Diversity award by AzPA in 2020. Dr. Burrell is an innovative speaker and trainer. She has focused on teaching diversity and inclusion for over 10 years. In her “free time,” she enjoys traveling, playing with her twins, and spending time with her husband and friends.

Disclaimer:There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. District of Colombia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. DCPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*DCPA Refund Policy:   Refund requests more than one week prior to the webinar should be sent to  If the request comes within one week of the webinar, only credit will be offered.

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