Description & Objectives

Continuing Education Hours: 2 CEs for LPC, SW, LMFT, and Psychologists - NBCC Approved

Description: Dispersant treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the criminal justice system is well documented. Attributed to systemic racism, arrest, incarceration and sentencing rates are higher and longer for BIPOC in comparison to white Americans who have completed similar crimes (SAMHSA, 2020; The Sentencing project, n.d.). Interactions with the criminal justice system can be traumatic; however, coupled with racism, criminal justice interventions may result it experiences of racial trauma for BIPOS. Racial trauma, trauma-related symptoms that are the product of racism and oppressive acts, impacts the mental, affective and behavioral experiences of BIPOC. This workshop focuses on defining and identifying racial trauma within the criminal justice system, exploring secondary and vicarious race-based traumatic experiences, and provides practical tools for clinicians working with individuals who have experienced racial trauma through their interactions with the criminal justice system.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define Race-based trauma and identify its symptoms
  • Explore factors that impact BIPOC individuals with the criminal justice system
  • Examine criminal justice-related vicarious trauma
  • Identify strategies and therapeutic interventions targeted at healing  race-based trauma


PhD Kimber Shelton

Dr. Kimber Shelton is a licensed psychologist and owner of KLS Counseling & Consulting Services. She provides psychotherapy, professional consultation, and diversity-related trainings. Dr. Shelton specializes in the areas of cultural competence, ethnic minority and LGBTQ issues, trauma, and relationship concerns. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct instructor in a graduate counseling training program. Dr. Shelton is the coeditor of the recently released Handbook on Counseling African American Women: Psychological Symptoms, Treatments, and Case Studies. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia and MS in Mental Health Counseling from Niagara University.