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Community Learning Program: Back to Natural – Gillian Scott-Ward PhD

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Back-to-Natural: Strategies for Healing Racial Trauma through Hair Talk

This webinar is for clinicians seeking to improve their treatment outcomes through a greater knowledge and understanding of racial trauma. You will gain foundational knowledge to continue your own journey as a culturally competent clinician – through the understanding of hair discrimination and how “hair talk” can be used in the therapy room to enhance your work.

Hair (yes, hair) for Black people is uniquely meaningful and entangled with identity, survival, resistance, and community. It can be both a source of personal strength but also a target of degradation and oppression.

Join Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD, in a compelling journey into the “hidden wounds of racial trauma” as described by Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD, clinician, speaker, author, and social justice advocate, in his eight-essential steps to healing racialized trauma and how the experience of natural hair discrimination sets a robust foundation for culturally competent and trauma-informed care.

The webinar will include the following:

How and why natural-hair discrimination manifests for clients
An overview of the eight-essential steps to healing racialized trauma
Excerpt of the award-winning film Back to Natural

What you’ll learn:

The definition and relevancy of natural-hair discrimination.
How the work of Kenneth V. Hardy’s hidden wounds of racial trauma can be applied in your own clinical practice.

Presenter bio:

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. Expertly trained in cutting-edge & effective treatments, Dr. Gillian weaves together mindfulness and body-based practices with gold-standard treatments such as: EMDR, CBT, psychodynamic therapy, hypnosis, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping).

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.


January 31
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm