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Monnica Williams, PhD, ABPP

  • Speaker Type: Trauma Informed Care Lecture Pack 2018
  • Country: United States

Dr. Monnica T. Williams is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Department of Psychiatry. She is also Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically-supported treatments. Prior to her recent move to Connecticut, Dr. Williams served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on African American mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 80 scientific articles on these topics. Current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, unacceptable thoughts in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. She also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, scientific conferences, and community organizations.

Dr. Williams is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), having served as the diversity delegate from Kentucky for the APA State Leadership Conference for two consecutive years. She is also the African American SIG leader for Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and she serves on the editorial board of The Behavior Therapist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and also serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Counsel. Her work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR and the New York Times.

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Microaggressions and Racial Trauma During Childbirth
This presentation will provide an overview of relevant cultural factors for African Americans and other stigmatized minority groups, with an emphasis on understanding race-based trauma and its impact on childbirth experiences. I will discuss various forms of racism that occur in medical settings that contribute to health disparities in people of color, including racial microaggressions. Constructs that cause and perpetuate race-based stress and trauma will be reviewed, including White privilege, stereotypes, and racial discrimination. I will describe the various facets of race-based trauma, including the experience of historical, cultural, community, and individual trauma, and how these may or may not fit into our current psychiatric nomenclature. I will provide examples of patient-provider interactions that are helpful versus harmful in the context of childbirth and women of color’s reproductive issues.
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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks