Wounded Parenting: The Intersection of Complex and Racial Trauma in Parents of Color [Online]

Have you ever worked with a parent of color who has responded to their child’s (relatively benign) behavior with an extreme form of punishment? In this workshop, by focusing on the intersection of complex and racial traumas, we examine how they are key factors in the parental response with parents of color.

Trauma often causes an emotional wounding, an injury to a person’s well-being which can leave a person not as well equipped to manage life’s stressors. Parenting is one of the most stressful roles and relationships in a person’s life. Individuals who have experienced complex trauma in their childhood carry those scars in the form of fragmented selves which are manifested in their role as parents. As clinicians, we have become more aware of the long-term effects of trauma and complex trauma on adult lives and their relationships.

In the last few years, there has been a growing body of research both defining and examining racial trauma and its cumulative impact on the lives of people of color. The ongoing experiences of racial trauma is rarely considered when examining the factors that can cause severe stress on the parent-child relationship for people of color.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and have basic understanding of complex and racial traumas.
  • Enhance your knowledge, understanding, and develop language of parts work in the clinical setting.
  • Recognize the fragmented parts of parents that may be triggered while parenting their children.
  • Identify three clinical tools that could help facilitate discussion between the clinician and the parent(s) of color.


Debra Chatman-Finley, LPC, NCC, is a therapist in private practice in Montclair, NJ where she provides therapy for individuals, couples, and their families. She is the former Clinical Director of the domestic violence agency, The Resource Center for Women and Their Families. Debra is also an adjunct professor at New York University.

Gliceria Pérez, LCSW, is a bilingual/bicultural therapist in private practice in Montclair and Highland Park, NJ, where she works with individuals, couples and families. She also works as an in-home therapist with high risk immigrant children, adolescents and their parents/caretakers. Gliceria is an adjunct professor at New York University.

Date / Time:

Friday, May 29, 2020
10:00 am–1:00 pm

Continuing Education:

3 CE Contact Hours

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