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"Assessment and Treatment of Racial Trauma"


Dr. Monnica Williams

Join us in Reuben-Cooke Room 126 as we welcome Dr. Monnica Williams, Associate Professor of Social Science at the University of Ottawa, for the semester's first colloquium within the P&N Colloquium Series. After experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, anyone is at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - a constellation of symptoms that may affect survivors of violence or abuse, emergency responders, and combat veterans. However, many other events can be traumatic as well, particularly to people of color, including police harassment, workplace discrimination, community violence, distressing medical experiences, and incarceration. Immigrants and refugees may suffer racial trauma from experiencing or witnessing torture, ethnic cleansing and persecution, destruction of cultural practices, living in a war zone, and immigration difficulties. This presentation will discuss current research on traumatization caused by experiences of racism, also called racial trauma, and how it may or may not fit into a traditional conceptualizations of PTSD. It will also discuss assessment and nascent treatment approaches based on Dr. Williams's research. More information about Dr. Williams and her work can be found here:


Diversity/Inclusion, Information Session, Lecture/Talk, Panel/Seminar/Colloquium, Research, Social Sciences