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Women of Color, Race-Based Traumatic Stress Injury, and the Mindful Therapist

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Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT
1 Hour 14 Minutes
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Nov 19, 2021
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Even though Women of Colour are members of the global majority, race-based traumatic stress, a unique form of emotional trauma that many experience, tends to be overlooked in their psychotherapeutic treatment. This oversight is often due to the therapist’s resistance to having uncomfortable conversations about race in the therapeutic setting caused by the lack of education in the treatment of racial trauma, and the therapist’s lack of awareness regarding his/her own racial identity including, cultural and social conditioning, internalized racial biases, unhealed racial trauma, blind spots, and the impact of the therapist’s race on the client.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, is an author, psychologist and a yoga therapist educator.

She is the author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma (2020) and Transforming Ethnic and Race-Based Traumatic Stress with Yoga (2021) and is currently the president of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) Board of Directors. Dr. Parker is a faculty member in the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. Her broad expertise in behavioral health and wellness includes forty years as a practicing psychologist. She is a lifelong practitioner of yoga and is well known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance and contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of practitioners. She teaches yoga therapists, yoga teachers, and health care professionals how to utilize Restorative Yoga to support stress reduction and resilience in the face of ethnic and race-based traumatic stress.

Dr. Parker has appeared as a psychologist expert on local and nationally syndicated talk shows, including numerous appearances on the Oprah Show.

She was a faculty member in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in the department of Integrative Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan. She was also a faculty member in the groundbreaking Co-Curricular Yoga Therapy Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, teaching Yoga Therapy to first- and second-year medical students as part of their academic curriculum. She was an adjunct faculty member in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

She is married and the mother of one son.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Gail Parker has employment relationships with Conscious Living, LLC. and Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. She receives royalties as a published author and receives compensation as a media psychologist. Gail Parker receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Gail Parker is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Michigan Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, Imago Relationships International, Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists, and Black Yoga Teachers Alliance.


  1. Apply the five elements of the self-study model for effective engagement with clients experiencing race-based traumatic stress. 
  2. Differentiate between Race-Based Traumatic Stress Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how mindfulness practices support therapeutic engagement and emotional readiness. 


  • A self-study model that therapists can use to enhance awareness of racial identity  
  • What race-based traumatic stress injury (RBTSI) is  
    • How it differs from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) 
    • How it impacts those who identify as Women of Colour
  • How to invite client self-disclosure 
  • The healing power of therapeutic presence 

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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