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¿Buscas ayuda? Encuentre terapeutas que ofrezcan sesiones gratuitas de crisis y desastres naturales aquí. Visite MySonomaStrong.com. Visite la NAMI Warmline. Toma una clase de yoga informada sobre el trauma. ¡Nos recuperaremos juntos!

Become a Better Therapist! Check out our Anti-Racism Resources

Racial and Social Justice Pledge: RECAMFT is committed to addressing inequalities including structural racism and systemic injustice. We endeavor to be inclusive and value individuals from all ethnicities, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, languages, abilities, religions, citizenship statuses, and socioeconomic backgrounds into our chapter and into treatment.

We strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community.

Take the pledge and the first step here!

Here are some great resources to read and watch to help you become a better therapist. 

Here are three great videos you can watch in your quest to become a better therapist! 

1. First watch "13th" on either YouTube or Netflix. The address is: https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8

2. Consider watching "Healing Racialized Trauma: A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem and Tara Brach". He is a fellow therapist, and this video includes a very powerful experiential exercise. 

https://youtu.be/UQRkJecRBmw

Brene Brown

Ibram X. Kendi

Podcast: Brene Brown speaks with Ibram Kendi about how to be an anti-racist. 

https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/

3. Consider watching or listening to this interview of Dr. KennethKenneth Hardy Hardy, starting at 45 minutes into the program. Here's the link to Dr. Hardy's talk. Image of Dr. Hardy found here 

https://vimeo.com/427600351?ref=em-v-share

James Baldwin's 1963 classic novel, The Fire Next Time, being read aloud. 

Anerican Psychiatric Association logo.

The American Psychiatric Association has issued its own apology to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for its support of structural racism in Psychiatry. MORE...

Read the APA apology for "APA’s Role in Promoting, Perpetuating, and Failing to Challenge Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Human Hierarchy in U.S."

American Psychological Association logo.The American Psychological Association failed in its role leading the discipline of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequities, and hurt many through racism, racial discrimination, and denigration of people of color, thereby falling short on its mission to benefit society and improve lives. APA is profoundly sorry, accepts responsibility for, and owns the actions and inactions of APA itself, the discipline of psychology, and individual psychologists who stood as leaders for the organization and field.  MORE...


Here are some great books you can read to help you explore anti-racism! 

How to Be an Anti-Racist 

by Ibram Kendi

A college professor, Ibram describes his journey along with fascinating and enlightening history. #1 NY Times best seller. 

An Indigenoun People's Hiistory of the US book cover.An Indigenous People's History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Human Rights Campaign recommends this as a must-read for Thanksgiving. 

On Juneteenth

by Annette Gordon-Reed

Harvard law professor's Texas recollections. Ranked as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2021" - NY Times.

The Last One

by Fatima Daas

Author is a young Muslim lesbian growing up in a tough neighborhood in Paris. Multiple awards.   

"They Can't Kill Us All"

by Wesley Lowery

An award winning reporter for 60 Minutes, CBS, GQ, Wes Lowery uses interviews to examine his topics. 

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

This 1963 classic text gave touched off the civil rights movement in America. Listen to it on YouTube below - free. 

Citizen: An American Lyric

by Claudia Rankine

Award winning poet weaves poetry, images and racial microaggressions. 2015 NY Times Bestseller. 

My Grandmother’s Hands 

by Resmaa Menakem

A Minneapolis psychotherapist who teaches Cultural Somatics examines how cultural trauma manifests at a cellular level. NY Times best seller. 

Inventing Latinos

by Laura Gómez

How Latinx became a constructed "race" by a professor and expert in race, law, and society 

Me and White Supremacy

by Layla Saad

British, Arab, Muslim author's 28 day challenge to help readers understand systemic racism. NY Times Bestseller. 

America for Americans

by Erika Lee

Author explores America's xenophobia, inc. her experience as a 2nd generation Chinese American. Multiple awards.   

The Fire This Time

by Jesmyn Ward

Essays, poems by Tulane U. creative writing professor examine race since James Baldwin's 1963 classic text. 

The Other Slavery book cover.The Other Slavery

by Andrés Reséndez

Makes a case that mass slavery of indigenous people, rather than illnesses decimated them. Multiple awards. 

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

Considered one of the most influential books in the last 20 years, author examines mass incarceration. 

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Toni Morrison says this book is the best book on the subject of race in the US (the NY Observer). #1 NY Times bestseller. 

Beautiful Country

by Qian Julie Wang

President Obama - one of his 2021 favorite books. Story of family's move to NYC from China. NY Tmes Notable. 

The Undocumented American

by Karla Villavicencio

National Book Award finalist. Author is one of the first undocumented persons to graduate from Harvard.  

Medical Apartheid

by Harriet Washington

Multiple award winning author covers shocking lack of medical and psychological care for black people. 

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

by Paul Ortiz

Author uses key source materials to tell history from the point of view of BIPOC.  

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

by Dee Brown

I970 classic text has been made into a movie. Click the book image to be taken to the YouTube movie rental link.   

USA Today has a good list of books, non-fiction and fiction, for both kids and adults that address the topics of racism and anti-racism here


Here are some videos you can watch to help you become a better therapist! 

Systemic Racism Explained (4 min)

https://youtu.be/YrHIQIO_bdQ

Racism is Real (3 min)

https://youtu.be/fTcSVQJ2h8g

"13th" (1 hr 40 min) available on either YouTube or Netflix.  https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8

Ta-Nehisi Coates explores America's racial divide in new book written to his 15 year old son.  https://youtu.be/XJXHFh4qbBM


Layla F. Saad's Ted Talk on how reading books by authors of color help us regain our humanity.  https://youtu.be/0CsMQJzBQiw


Lee Mun Wah's film, "The Color of Fear" is a classic, and available here for $15. 

"The Color of Fear" movie photo.

Resmaa Menakem, MSW talks about his time in Afghanistan, assessing the mental health of soldiers when a communal trauma occurred, the five types of intelligence, how trauma impacts the body, and finding resources.  https://youtu.be/omyzEvVvjog

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discussing her book, White Fragility. 

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Ted Talk.  https://youtu.be/KCxbl5QgFZw


Over 12 million views! Daryl Davis' Ted Talk on why he, as a black man, attends KKK rallies. https://youtu.be/ORp3q1Oaezw


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