A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Brittany Coleman
Brittany Coleman
MA in Counseling Psychology

Racial justice is a public health and safety issue. The history of systemic racism and structural disempowerment in the United States sets the stage for a multitude of problems in vulnerable populations. In communities of color, health disparities related to bias and persistent institutional mistreatment and trauma are pervasive. For victims of color, who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, these harmful structures can be increasingly disenfranchising and act as barriers to engagement in services, participation in the criminal justice system, and can also lead to negative case outcomes.

This session will detail the systemic and institutional barriers victims of color face when seeking services, discuss health disparities in communities of color, and present ways to increase engagement in services when applying a trauma-informed lens focused on social justice. The racial justice adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care principles can be a powerful tool in reducing the potentially re-traumatizing impact of the criminal justice system for victims of color. In addition, these principles can reduce barriers faced by victims of color when seeking services from community agencies. This combination of public health, victim advocacy, and racial justice has many implications for community agencies and multidisciplinary teams.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize social justice as a public health and safety issue, especially for domestic and sexual violence victims of color.
  • Discuss health disparities in communities of color as it relates to systemic and institutional racism and how these factors act as a barrier for victims when seeking services or help through the criminal justice system.
  • Adapt and apply a social justice framework to SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles.


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