In this blog post, we are aiming to promote resources, consultants, and tips around racial justice, BLM, and privilege.
All links are directly from the source and any subtext has been taken directly from the article/website where it was originally published. We will continue to add resources to this blog.
Can You Hear Us Panel
1. William Hemphill, II
- Credentials: M Div, LPC
- Email: [email protected]
- Specialty areas/Niche: Christian Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Adoptive Family Counseling
- Website: https://www.
- Social media: Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn
- Podcast: The Faith and Family Matters Podcast (Also on iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify)
- Book: Praying With Your Spouse: A Secret to Marital Intimacy
- Areas William can provide consultation: I am open to providing consultation around the topic of racial relations, as well as communication, grief process, and anxiety.
2. Shatara Sheppard
- Credentials: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
- Email: [email protected]
- Specialty areas/Niche: Specialize in working with individuals overcoming trauma and releasing it from their bodies using integrative approaches.
- Website: http://www.evolve-
- Social media: Instagram
- Consultation and speaker topics: Race relations, social justice, domestic violence, and empowerment.
3. Monique Andrews
- Credentials: MS, CDCII
- Email: monique.andrews@
- Specialty areas/Niche: Mood Disorders, Anxiety, and Sexual Trauma
- Website: www.
- Social media: Instagram and Facebook
- Areas Monique can provide consultation: I provide consultation to businesses on creating stress management, sexual harassment/sexual assault prevention, and suicide prevention protocols/training.
4. Malcolm Bernard, LPC
- Credentials: Trained in EMDR, Gottman Method, and a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator.
- Email: malcolm@mondaycourage.
- Specialty areas/Niche: Couples Counseling, Mood Disorders, Counseling for Survivors of Trauma
- Website: www.MondayCourage.com
- Social media: Facebook and Instagram
- Areas Malcolm can provide consultation: I’m working on tightening up my game for now, but eventually, I want to coach other therapists on starting and growing a practice.
5. Dr. Holly Sawyer, PhD, MS, LPC, CAADC, NCC
- Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and National Certified Counselor
- Email: hnsawyer@
- Specialty areas/Niche: Psychotherapy to professional black women to help them navigate their life and career without using substances to cope with depressions and/or anxiety when experiencing microaggressions in the workplace. (Depression, Anxiety, Addiction & Substance Abuse)
- Website: www.lifefirsttherapy.
- Social Media: Instagram and Facebook
- Books and T-shirts for sale: “How to Talk About Trauma” and “2020 Vision: Action Planner” <–50% off until 7/31
- Webinars and downloadable resources: Go here https://www.
- Areas Dr. Swayer can provide consultation: For more information on professional consultation, go here
6. LaToya Smith – Owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency
- Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor
- Website – www.lcscac.com
- Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – LaToyaSmithLPC
- Strong Witness social media: Instagram and Facebook
Specialty areas/Niche: helping people to find their voice and tell their story, Christian Counseling (I also have a Masters of Divinity, M.Div.), depression and anxiety
Areas LaToya can provide consultation: – helping people to tell their personal or business story, race relations, conflict resolution, communication
- “Take Back Your Voice” e-course – https://forms.aweber.com/
Articles, presentations, and studies
Racial trauma, a form of race-based stress, refers to People of Color and Indigenous individuals’ (POCI) reactions to dangerous events and real or perceived experiences of racial discrimination. Such experiences may include threats of harm and injury, humiliating and shaming events, and witnessing racial discrimination toward other POCI. Although similar to a posttraumatic stress disorder, racial trauma is unique in that it involves ongoing individual and collective injuries due to exposure and reexposure to race-based stress. The articles in this special issue introduce new conceptual approaches, research, and healing models to challenge racial trauma. The authors encourage psychologists to develop culturally informed healing modalities and methodologically sophisticated research and urge the inclusion of public policy interventions in the area of racial trauma.
Presentation by Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
Among the feelings of sadness, anger and confusion a burning question lingers in my mind. How does a man who shot 9 people in a South Carolina church that prayed with him and welcomed him like a brother get safely arrested, yet George Floyd dies over $20? Many days this year it has felt like I’m getting punched in the gut repeatedly while drinking from a fire hydrant. How do we find meaning and redemption in these dark circumstances?
Our nation is enduring a double pandemic. We went from a global health pandemic, COVID-19 to a racial pandemic which is taking a toll on the psychological well-being of those we serve, particularly our black clients. As therapists, we know all too well the damaging effects of enduring one significant crisis after another can have on our nervous system.
Why does it matter that the change starts with you? What are some ways you can start doing anti-racist work? How can you start reaching out to the black community?
In this podcast episode series, Joe Sanok speaks to LaToya Smith about what white therapists need to know.
LEARN: Listen. Empathize. Act. Resist. Never Stop. with William Hemphill: Black Leaders Matter Series | Part 2
Why is it so important to listen to understand? What are some ways you can use your sphere of influence to make a difference?
In this podcast episode series, Joe Sanok speaks to William Hemphill about why it’s so important to listen, empathize, act, resist, and never stop.
We Don’t Trust Therapy and What to Do About It with Dr. Connie Omari: Black Leaders Matter Series | Part 3
Why does the black community have trust issues with therapy? What are some less overt forms of racism that you may be overlooking? What are some things you can do to be truly intentional with your part in making a change?
In this podcast episode series, Joe Sanok speaks to Dr. Connie Omari about why the black community doesn’t trust therapy and what can be done about it.
Are you in an organization that needs to take action and do the work? How can we love people into change? As a therapist, what can you do to reach out to the church in your community?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks to Dr. Bernice Patterson about loving people into change.
Do you know what a microaggression is? How can you be an ally? As an organization, what can be done to systematically address microaggression in the workplace?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks to Dr. Holly Sawyer about microaggressions.
What is systemic racism? Do you know the facts? How can we even the playing field?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks to Kaity Rodriguez about systemic racism, she shares some of the facts and what actions can be taken.
My guest today for episode 7 is Jersey Garcia. In this episode, she talks to us about her realities of identifying as AfroLatinx, and looking more of African descent than Latinx, a struggle often society is too afraid to bring up, but is much too common. There is a saying: no soy de aqui, ni soy de alla. That refers to: I’m neither from here, nor there.?
Associations and Consultants
The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit. Connect with them on Facebook.
All identities in all bodies deserve equal access to quality mental healthcare.
Inclusive Therapists center the needs of marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent folx, and people with disabilities.
We are an advocacy and activist movement pursuing equity, justice, and liberation in mental health care.
After the heartbreaking murder of George Floyd, the Brighter Vision team has given a tremendous amount of thought and consideration as to what we can do as a values-driven company to play our role in eliminating racism and systematic oppression. How can we commit our resources as a company to being actively antiracist? How can we use our voices, our skills, and our drive to reform local, state, and federal policies to help improve the lives of our fellow Americans, and citizens of this world?
BTR is an organization committed to increasing awareness of social and psychological challenges impacting vulnerable communities.
We motivate, educate, and elevate through Professional development AND community development.
We empower and support professionals by establishing unity among psychologists, MFTs, BSW/MSW/LCSWs, LPC/LMHCs, life coaches, pastors/ministers, and other disciplines in the helping profession. This is a place for developing ideas and opportunities to improve Mental Health treatment and related services.
Resources and books
The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Culture and Trauma Research Lab meets weekly to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the cultural context of interpersonal trauma recovery. Projects, including critical analyses of the literature, focus on partner abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, genocide, and the societal trauma of racism. Current populations of interest are American Indian, African American, Latina, Asian American, Jewish American, Liberian, and South African. The lab has also examined the role of religion and spirituality in the trauma recovery process.
This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible.
Let’s Talk About Trauma is a workbook designed with practical guides for making living your priority. It provides ways to address trauma and heal without using substances to cope. This workbook is over 100 pages filled with easy to understand the language on mental health and substance abuse, unique worksheets and action-based methods to help you navigate periods of your life where you may find it most challenging.
Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race.
We are an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.
Organizations doing great work that you need your help
The National Bail Fund Network is a national project that works with organizers, advocates, and legal providers across the country that are using, or contemplating using, community bail funds as part of efforts to radically change local bail systems and reduce incarceration. The Network was established in September 2016 and is made up of over 60 community bail funds that use the regular payment of bail as well as strategic bail out actions in campaigns to end money bail and pretrial detention in both the criminal legal and immigration detention systems.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns, and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.