Death by A Thousand Nicks: Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma

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Death by A Thousand Nicks: Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma

Friday, April 7th, 2023

9:00am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW


NASW Other Chapter Member: $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
It is important for social workers to acknowledge and address the impacts of racial microaggressions and racial trauma to work towards racial healing, empowerment, and equity with clients and agencies. Professor Alvin Poussaint described the cumulative impact of microaggressions as “death by a thousand nicks”. What might seem small and insignificant can become ingrained into the very fiber of one’s being, causing the body to live in a constant state of alert. This workshop will utilize the conventional and expanded Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies to discuss how racial trauma impacts the physical, social, and psychological health of individuals and communities. The instructor will prepare participants to recognize systemic oppressions, confront implicit bias and engage in dialogue around racial healing, empowerment, and equity.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the conventional and expanded ACE studies
  • Define racism, implicit bias & microaggressions
  • Describe white privilege, white fragility, and strategies to become allies andaccomplices in anti-racist work 
  • Identify the role of structural racism in internalized oppression
  • Explain the impact of historical trauma from the cradle to the grave with a trauma informed lens.
  • Describe the differences between intrapersonal cultural humility and interpersonal cultural humility and how each lends to rapport building and the creation of an environment for healing
  • Describe assessment tools and healing strategies to build physical and emotional safety, validate experiences and emotions and empower impacted individuals and communities

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW, has been working with youth and families for nearly 20 years. She is committed to empowering, engaging, educating and advocating in order to implement trauma-informed strategies for individuals and communities. Mrs. Bennett earned a Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology from Wells College and went on to complete her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. During her career, Ms. Bennett has demonstrated a passion in sharing her personal and professional experiences with others to serve marginalized individuals and prevent re-traumatization. She has experience in directing child & youth service programs for the Department of the Navy with a history of providing program oversight and accountability in accordance with the Department of Defense, COA, & BGCA Requirements. Additionally, she has consulted with schools on policy development and has managed residential treatment facilities and foster care programs. Ms. Bennett is a life longer learner and has provided education and support to foster families, facilitated psychoeducation programs for youth, responded to crisis hotline calls for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and trained behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Child Trauma/Maltreatment, Motivational Interviewing, Racial Trauma, Cultural Competency and serving LGBT youth.  


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April 7th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $0.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00