Healing Racial Trauma Through Somatic Anti-Racism Practices

Activity description

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The effects of experienced and on-going trauma have a long-lasting impact on mental and physical health, behavioral tendencies and social relationships, including those within the workplace. This activity will identify the multifaceted effects of past and continuous trauma—including collective and racial trauma—on the well-being of individuals, cultures, communities, and social environments. It will review racism and oppressive tendencies and present strategies to skillfully manage difficult racial and cultural situations and their associated stressful responses. Importantly, trauma management therapies and practices will be identified, along with approaches to building communal anti-racist culture within the workplace. 

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare Community & State.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, educators, medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, office staff, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists, and other HCPs and staff who are interested in understanding and healing racial trauma through somatic anti-racism practices.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the effects of trauma, especially racial trauma and oppressive tendencies in oneself and others.
  • Describe the individual, relational, communal and systemic natures of racism, and how to better attend to each aspect with attunement and skill.
  • Identify how to implement somatic skills to increase awareness of difficult racial and cultural situations and manage their associated stressful responses.
  • Discuss the individual and collective responsibility to build anti-racist and communal culture.
  • Identify the benefits of embodying communal culture-building practices as an integral part of core lifestyle values, in the workplace, with clients, and beyond.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.50 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.50 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.50 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.50 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.50 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.50 ASWB - Social Workers
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Mariya Javed, MSW, LICSW, LADC
Director of Behavioral Health
United Family Medicine

Mariya Javed is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Brainspotting Consultant, and a Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor. She currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at a federally qualified health center, United Family Medicine, leading a team of therapists, psychiatric providers, and social workers to provide cutting-edge trauma-responsive, anti-oppressive counseling and addiction therapies in collaboration with primary care physicians.

Mariya has 12 years of experience in working with substance use disorders as well as extensive experience in medication assisted treatment therapies, complex and developmental trauma, brain injuries, and those with physical ailments and disabilities. She is passionate about social justice and anti-racist work and has provided consultation and training to various clients and agencies regarding the promotion and equity of marginalized communities, using practices such as somatic abolitionism.

In Mariya’s clinical practice, she offers trauma and addiction counseling to adults, young adults, and couples, with a variety of issues such as addiction, complex trauma, developmental trauma, generational and systemic trauma, depression, anxiety, and cultural and identity issues. She uses Brainspotting, as well as internal family systems, mindfulness, sensorimotor and somatic experiencing techniques. She believes in using an integrative, person-centered approach while also exploring the interconnectedness of systems within an individual’s life. 

Mariya is deeply dedicated to teaching, training, and assisting clients, therapists, and organizations to evolve and grow into their best. As a Brainspotting consultant and racial trauma coach, she is actively involved in healing and education by building unity, collaboration, and community. 

Activity planner
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. The ACCME defines ineligible companies as those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The faculty and planner have nothing to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and United Healthcare Community & State. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
IPCE Credit LogoThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.50 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hour ([0.15] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.50 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s):  JA0007123-9999-22-149-H04-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.50 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 enduring continuing education credit.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.50 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.50 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.50 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.50 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.50 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.50 ASWB - Social Workers
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