A panel discussion about transgenerational racial trauma and its impact on therapeutic trust

This panel interview features compensated expert clinicians La Shanda Sugg, LPC, Dr. Tiffany Crayton, LPC-S, and LJ Lumpkin, LMFT

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    Black and African American individuals engage in mental health treatment at a significantly lower rate than White individuals, and simultaneously report higher levels of hopelessness, sadness, and worthlessness. Why is this, and what can be done to create more therapeutic safety for this population?

    This panel interview, featuring three BIPOC clinicians, explores the impact of transgenerational and personal racial trauma on the pursuit and engagement in mental healthcare by Black and African American people. This frank and engaging discussion covers themes about what it means to be Black in America, and the first steps therapists can personally take to build therapeutic safety and trust.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Discuss how transgenerational trauma may impact therapeutic safety for BIPOC clients; List two or more therapeutic interventions or therapist reactions/responses that may impact therapeutic safety with racial minority clients; Describe how systemic oppression may impact the Black/African American perception of and/or experience of mental health treatment

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory & Intermediate

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Enroll in this free course and create a free Clearly Clinical account
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Log into your Clearly Clinical account and achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast interview, which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via the course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, sponsor, or instructor. Presenter LJ Lumpkin, LMFT, authored a book called Climbing Out of The Box: A Path of Healing From Systemic Racism, which Clearly Clinical mentions as a potential resource for further learning.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Course Access Expiration

    Please note that you will have access to this free course for 30 days from when you sign up. If your access lapses, you are able to re-enroll.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at info@clearlyclinical.com and we will do our best to assist you.

What Your Colleagues Have to Say About This Course

So inspiring

Elizabeth Jauregui

Such a great podcast that highlights black clinician voices. Profound insights

Such a great podcast that highlights black clinician voices. Profound insights

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Expert Interviewees

La Shanda Sugg, LPC

Senior Instructor

La Shanda Sugg, LPC (Ohio C.1801024) is a Certified Trauma Responsive Therapist, consultant, and the founder of Labors of Love Counseling and Consulting, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a trauma specialty and focus on multigenerational families, La Shanda combines her understanding of Relational Cultural Theory, Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy, EMDR, and other tools to help people improve their quality of life and relationships. By exploring the historical experiences that have left wounds and imprints, La Shanda helps people gain insight and Move from Coping to Healing. In addition to providing therapy for families, couples, and individuals, La Shanda also conducts engaging and dynamic trauma-specific trainings and consultation for companies, community agencies, schools, and faith-based organizations. Her gift for making complex concepts easy to understand and relevant to everyday life is one of many reasons La Shanda is a highly sought-after therapist and trainer. For more information about Labors of Love Counseling and Consulting’s service offerings visit www.thelaborsoflove.com, and check out La Shanda's podcast at The Labors of Love Podcast.

Dr. Tiffany Crayton, LPC-S, NCC

Senior Instructor

Dr. Tiffany Crayton earned a Ph.D., in Counseling Education and Supervision with a concentration in Trauma and Crisis from Walden University. She earned her M.Ed., in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of Virginia (#0701008324), Texas (#73962), and Oklahoma (#3709). She is also a National Certified Counselor and an approved LPC Supervisor. In addition to serving as a secondary counselor for over 16 years, she has worked with children, adolescents, couples and families on various life impacting issues as a mental health professional. Dr. Crayton specializes in working with those who have experienced trauma, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ experiences and the value of self. Dr. Tiffany M. Crayton deeply values creating a space that awakens one’s bravery. A space that is free of shame and helps clients discover their true authentic selves. To learn more about Dr. Crayton's work, visit her at LinkedIn or PsychologyToday.

L.J. Lumpkin III, LMFT

Senior Instructor

L.J. Lumpkin is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Southern California, and the owner of Nomad Healing Practices. His background includes working in dual-diagnosis inpatient, IOP, and PHP settings as well as private practice and guest lecturing. L.J. specializes in working with trauma, anxiety disorders, and as multicultural issues. L.J. Has found that by introducing clients to mindfulness, meditation, and breathing techniques, they can help create separation from past traumas and start to become their full authentic self. L.J. also consults with companies on how to reduce stress and anxiety through mindfulness practices, so that all voices can be heard. Please visit his PsychologyToday to learn more.


Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT

Interviewer & Clearly Clinical Founder

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter; Beth was formerly an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. Licensed in California and Oregon, she provides therapy via her private practice to young adult and adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. She has two young children, a super cool spouse who helps out with Clearly Clinical's tech, and a rescue dog.

Donations Encouraged

In lieu of charging for this CE opportunity, we encourage you to make a donation to one of the organizations below or to the charity of your choosing. Thank you for your support of mental health resources for BIPOC communities.

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Why is Clearly Clinical the nation's premier CE provider?

  • CONVENIENT: All courses are 1-hour podcast episodes, available on Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, and many others

  • AFFORDABLE: We offer quality CE courses through a reasonably-priced membership

  • SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE: We donate to The Trevor Project for LGBT youth suicide prevention

  • WOMEN-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • DIVERSE: We highlight minority expert presenters

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