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Back To Natural Workshop With Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Strategies for revealing, exploring, and healing racial-trauma through hair talk.

This 4-Hour, 3-CE Credit introductory level workshop is for psychologists who seek to integrate approaches to treating racial trauma in their work.

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Hair for Black people is uniquely meaningful and is entangled with identity, survival, resistance, and community. Hair can foster strength and also be targeted to degrade and oppress. Understanding a Black person’s hair history is essential to understanding their lived experience.  This workshop highlights an often hidden form of psychological and systemic assault – natural hair discrimination – and uses it as a springboard to identify and treat ‘hidden wounds of racial trauma’.

A one-hour screening of the internationally award-winning documentary film, Back to Natural, precedes didactic and experiential learning. This film provides a psychological and historical overview of the Natural Hair Movement and uncovers the global policing of Black-bodies through hair.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define natural hair discrimination and the relationship to racial trauma.
2. Identify the unique and undue psychological, physical, social and economic burdens Eurocentric beauty
standards and norms for hair can have on Black people.
3. List eight essential steps to treating the hidden wounds of racial trauma and describe how to apply them to address natural hair discrimination.
4. Explain the development of natural hair bias and how this can affect the therapist-client relationship.

 About the Presenter:

Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD, (Cornell University, BA; City University of New York, PhD) is a Clinical Psychologist, documentary filmmaker, and natural hair advocate specializing in healing through the Mind-Body-Soul connection.  Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, PBS, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, USA Today, Blavity, Lansing State Journal, Shadow and Act, PoliticsNY and others.



April 26
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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