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Consequences of Race on Undiagnosed Trauma

Tuesday, May 21 2024
1:00 PM
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Dr. Jessica Smedley, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Washington DC metro area. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University and Howard University. Further, Dr. Smedley holds governance leadership roles in the American Psychological Association. She is an active board member of the DC Psychological Association and has contributed to local media and journal outlets offering insights about mental health care for adults and children during the pandemic.

Dr. Smedley specifically approaches her clinical, leadership, and consultation work through a lens of cultural humility. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are each deeply embedded personal values that she knows are essential to progress and change in the communities that she serves. In addition to years of clinical experience, Dr. Smedley also has a research background in trauma and spirituality specifically within communities of color. She has also engaged in research and trainings that make clear the connection between racial trauma and relationships, specifically in the Black community.

When not in clinical practice, Dr. Smedley has led national and state-level committees for psychologists in the areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She has also facilitated process groups, workshops, and trainings for students, professionals, and community members specifically about racial/generational trauma, health disparities, and consequences of ignoring race in educational/professional environments. As a former Division-1 athlete, she also takes seriously the importance of health and wellness which informs healthy coping and healing from racial and generational trauma.

Course Description

This workshop will help clinicians and other mental health advocates have further insight into how race and other social determinants of health historically impact youth and adults in getting an accurate diagnosis. People of color have often been more likely to receive harsher diagnoses with long-lasting impacts which interferes with their ability to thrive in the community. This workshop will provide a culturally sensitive lens to better understand and identify symptomology without overpathologizing.


This course is eligible for 2 continuing education credits.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for Psychologists, LMHCs, MFTs, Social Workers, LPCs, and Counselors.

Workshop Level


Timed Agenda
  • 10-10:30am: Overview/Trauma Review
  • 10:30-11am: History of Race and Oppression in Training and Research. Instances of Diagnostic Errors.
  • 11-11:10am: Break
  • 11:10-11:40am: Application/Exercises. Reframing the diagnostic intake process in a culturally sensitive way and broadening our understanding of symptom presentation.
  • 11:40-12pm: Allyship & Conclusion
Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify 2-3 instances of diagnostic errors.
  2. Learn 2-3 ways to integrate culturally sensitive ways to reframe diagnostic intake process.
  3. Broaden understanding of symptom presentation.