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Healing the Wounds of Cultural Trauma: A Psychospiritual Imperative

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Featuring three lectures by Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes on "Healing the Wounds of Cultural Trauma: A Psychospiritual Imperative"

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*The Friday evening lecture is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP via the first ticket option. *

The 22nd Annual Spirituality and Psychotherapy Conference at Christian Theological Seminary will feature three lectures by Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes on the theme, "Healing the Wounds of Cultural Trauma: A Psychospiritual Imperative."

The first lecture by Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes on Friday, Feb. 21, is free and open to the public. The two succeeding lectures on Saturday, Feb. 22, are only for those who register for the conference. Please register here for which parts of the conference you plan to attend.

Attendees can earn up to 6.5 CEUs at this event. Please select CEU ticket upon registration to do so.

CTS alumni are invited to a free breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 22, at from 8-9am. Please RSVP when you register for the conference!

Saturday conference registration:

  • Early registration: $100 per person until Feb. 7.
  • After February 7, $120 per person.
  • Deadline for ticket sales is February 16, 2020.

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Conference Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 21

  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM -- Lecture 1 in Shelton Auditorium

Saturday, Feb. 22

  • 8:00-9:00 AM -- Registration and alumni breakfast
  • 9:00-11:30 AM -- Lecture 2 in Room 136
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM -- Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes book signing
  • 12:00 PM -- Lunch in CTS Cafe
  • 1:00-3:00 PM -- Lecture 3 in Room 136

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Lecture 1: Counting the Emotional Costs: Trauma & Social Justice Activism | Friday, 7-9pm | Shelton Auditorium | FREE!

From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, social activism is on the rise in the twenty-first century. Justice work is inherently fraught with emotional hardships, including the risks of personal, vicarious, and cultural trauma. Drawing upon her support work with faith-based activists, Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes describes the multiple layers of emotional labor involved in social activism and the importance of emotional management in sustaining activists and movements.

Lecture 2: Caring for Cultural Trauma: Strategies for Tending to Self and Others | Saturday, 9-11:30am | Room 136

Faith-based justice advocates often report having difficulty finding therapists who are attuned to systemic issues, including the reality of cultural trauma and its impacts. In this presentation, Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes defines and analyzes sources of cultural trauma among justice workers. Discussion will address strategies for culturally competent, systemically-informed care with justice activists as well as practices for therapist self-care.

Lecture 3: Working with Whiteness: White Racial Identity as a Form of Moral Injury | Saturday, 1-3pm | Room 136

Clinical approaches to cultural diversity often treat diversity as a problem of non-White clients. But what if whiteness is the problem? In this presentation, Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes approaches White racial identity as a form of moral injury resulting from the spiritual and psychological legacies of US chattel slavery and Jim Crow. She identifies the hallmarks of White moral injury and discusses shame-based strategies for healing Whiteness.

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Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, public theologian, and ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon identifying and healing the individual and societal legacies of racial and gender oppression. Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes is the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength (2014) and I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation (2019). She has written nearly two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles in child development, clinical psychology, and pastoral theology. Beyond the classroom, Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes spends most of her professional energy writing and ministering to clergy and faith-based activists. Her faith has been shaped by Methodist, Baptist, and evangelical social justice communities as well as by Buddhism and Islam. She was ordained by an independent fellowship that holds incarnational theology, community engagement, social justice, and prophetic witness as its core values.

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