A Collective Experience: Addressing Racial Trauma and Healing in Black Mental Health

Monday, August 09, 2021 11:08 AM | Preston Patterson (Administrator)

A Collective Experience: Addressing Racial Trauma and Healing in Black Mental Health

Presented by Taylor Presha, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern; Micah E. Johnson, PhD; Brittany Peters, PhD, LCSW; Brian Adderley, LCSW

The recording of this collaborative event will remain available for viewing on the mhccf.com as well as the cfamft.org websites. Please note, the panel discussion is no longer applicable for CEUs (CEUs were provided to live attendees only), and may be viewed at no cost. Thank you for your interest and consideration of this important material to enhance your awareness of black mental health and wellness needs.


Original Air Date: July 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Racial trauma is continuous and therefore the conversation must continue. Ongoing conversations help therapists to increase their ability in having challenging discussions. This will be a panel discussion on racial trauma and healing in the Black community. The panel will consist of professionals with various backgrounds who will share their perspectives on understanding the impact of racial trauma and collective healing, discuss therapeutic interventions for racial healing, coping with systemic oppression and utilizing client's strengths in assisting their healing process. We aspire for attendees to gather an understanding of diversity behind the Black experience.


  1. Participants will develop an understanding of the impact of racial trauma and collective healing.

  2. Participants will be presented with a framework of healing that considers therapeutic techniques and interventions.

  3. Participants will learn ways to help individuals cope with systemic oppression.

  4. Participants will learn how to support the awareness of client strengths to assist them in their healing process.


Taylor Presha, MA is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, private practice owner, mother and wife. While earning her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters at the University of Central Florida, Taylor worked as a science teacher at a Title I High School in Orlando, FL. Drawing on her experiences in the field and in the classroom, she creates an environment in each session that encourages clients to be comfortable in their own skin and heal at their own pace. As a private practice owner, she focuses on guiding her clients on their journey of self-discovery and finding their voice in life. As a mother of a 15 month old, Taylor is often running around and basking in the laughter of her daughter with her husband. 


Dr. Micah E. Johnson is a Sociologist trained in criminology and substance misuse epidemiology, currently serving in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida. Dr. Johnson's research focuses on childhood trauma, behavioral health, and juvenile justice and is funded by over two million dollars in grants from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Johnson is also a pioneer of Forensic Sociology and serves in the state and federal court system as an expert witness and mitigation specialist. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Senator Bernie Sanders, and others. Dr. Johnson recently published two books entitled “Never Had a Friend” and “The Little Book of Police Youth Dialogues: A Restorative Path Toward Justice”. 


Dr. Brittany Peters has over 14 years of experience in community mental health as a clinician, advocate, consultant, and clinical director. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified in addictions, and an Approved Qualified Supervisor, Dr. Peters devotes much of her time to improving clinical services in the community through the training and development of counselors and other professionals. Dr. Peters is the current Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee with the Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals, Co-chair of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Behavioral Health Interest Chair for NASW Statewide, is trained as part of the Statewide Crisis Intervention Rapid Response Team, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pinellas County National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Brian Adderley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has 7 years of correctional mental healthcare experience. He has earned his master's degree in social work and his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida.  He has a passion for working with, uplifting, advocating and holding space for the most systematically oppressed populations.



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