Cultural Context of Trauma Recovery

Presented by:  Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
9AM-12:00PM Presentation (3 contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813



Cost: $45

TGC Staff, trainees and Interns: Free, please email to register with your name, discipline, and license number (if applicable).



There is a rich and growing body of literature on the cultural context of trauma recovery.  The ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association note that neglecting to attend to culture is unethical.  There is both theoretical and empirical support for clinician’s attending to cultural influences on trauma recovery.  This presentation will describe the effects of culture as well as provide recommendations for providing cultural congruent care to trauma survivors including both assessment and intervention strategies.  The first two hours will focus on interpersonal traumas such as sexual assault, child abuse, and intimate partner abuse while the last hour will focus on the interpersonal trauma of racist incident based trauma.  Clinician’s will be provided information on providing care for their clients and themselves.


Describe the influence of culture on the meaning of trauma for clients
Name multiple aspects of cultural identity
Discuss cultural influences as both potential challenges and potential strengths
Explain the meaning and effects of racially motivated traumas
Design treatment responses that are culturally congruent
Apply knowledge about responding to culturally motivated traumas to their self-care
Describe pointers of culturally contextualized assessment


Licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want to understand how culture impacts the experience of trauma. Unlicensed and trainees are also welcome to attend though program content will be at the postdoctoral/post-licensure level. 


Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is an associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and director of the Culture and Trauma research lab.  She teaches both Trauma in Diverse Populations and Multicultural Psychology at the graduate level.  She has presented at regional and national psychology conferences on the subject of cultural intersections at conventions including but not limited to the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Association of Women in Psychology Annual Conference.  She has published in peer reviewed journals on the subject.


The Guidance Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts programs offered by approved APA sponsors of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers. The Guidance Center is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to sponsor continuing education for registered play therapists.  APT Approved Provider # 14-393.


There is no commercial support for this CE program or instructor.  There are no known conflicts of interest.


For additional questions regarding this training, please contact the program administrator, Dawn Vo-Jutabha, Ph.D. at