Trauma, Injustice, and Change: Using a Trauma-Informed Lens to Examine Inequality and Explore How to Be a Part of the Solution

Dates: June 7, 2019


John Hope Franklin Center on Duke Campus (2204 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705)

This training is intended to provide participants with: 1) a framework for understanding discrimination and inequality, as well as theoretical paradigms for how these problems are maintained; 2) an understanding of how these experiences can impact individuals as prolonged or chronic stressors; and 3) an opportunity to practicing strategies for confronting discrimination and inequality and for coping with challenges associated with this work. Participants will learn about the concepts of microaggression and implicit bias, both of which play a large role in daily experiences of discrimination. We will provide participants with tools for enhancing their ability to recognize microaggressions and implicit bias, as well as opportunities to practice using practical techniques for responding to them. We will discuss clinical applications, exploring how a trauma-informed framework can be utilized to treat individuals who have been affected by institutional and personal discrimination and prejudice. All participants will leave with an array of skills to use in relevant contexts.Training will involve multiple learning methods, including didactics, case examples, experiential practices, and small group work.

Link for Registration and CE information

Hours: 6 CE

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn to…

  • Provide a trauma-informed case conceptualization
  • Explain implicit bias
  • Identify microaggressions
  • Implement a resilience-focused plan for responding to secondary traumatic stress or burnout

 Presenters: Kelly L. LeMaire, Ph.D., Sarah M. Wilson, Ph.D., and Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D.

Day 1 Agenda: 

9:30-11:00am Sociocultural Contextual Factors Impacting Trauma and Severe Stressors
11:00-11:15am 15 minute break
11:15-12:30pm Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Daily Experiences of Discrimination
12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30-3:00pm Clinical Applications: Avenues for Change
3:00-3:15pm 15 minute break
3:15-4:30 Advocating for System-Level Changes
4:30-5:00 Attending to the Therapist


Day 3 Agenda:

9:00-10:30am Systemic Inequity and Disparities
10:30-10:45am 15 minute break
10:45-11:00am Small Group Discussion
11:00-12:15pm Institutional Betrayal
12:15-1:15pm Wrap-up –Questions and Feedback, Intentions for Action Steps


Prices and Registration Links:

Cost: $125 ($100 for students)

Registration Link:

  • $40 to add CE.
  • We also have a number of partial scholarships available for practitioners who cannot afford the registration fees. Please contact Kelly LeMaire at for more information.


Presenter Bios:

Kelly L. LeMaire, Ph.D., completed doctoral degree from Marquette University in Clinical Psychology and her internship at Duke University Medical Center. As a current post-doctoral fellow, she is a part of the Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Treatment Clinic (START Clinic) within the Cognitive Behavioral Research & Treatment Program (CBRTP). Her clinical areas of expertise are trauma, LGBTQ affirmative treatment, multiculturally competent care, borderline personality disorder, and emotion dysregulation. Dr. LeMaire specializes in practicing cognitive behavior therapies, including DBT. Her research focuses on prejudice, discrimination, LGBTQ health and mental health, allies and allied behavior, and interpersonal violence. She is passionate about advocacy and leadership and was awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship for 2015-2016. During her time at Duke University Medical Center she has continued to pursue these interests through providing educational trainings and beginning a Multicultural & Diversity Action Committee within the CBRTP.

Sarah M. Wilson, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Investigator at the VA Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Duke University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine Division. Dr. Wilson is a research psychologist with over 30 published research articles as well as current research grant funding. Her work in research focuses on mobile approaches to health behavior change for underserved, marginalized groups, such as people with unstable housing, those with psychotic illness, and people living with HIV. Dr. Wilson’s clinical practice at the Durham VA Health Care System focuses on culturally sensitive trauma-focused treatment and health behavior change for low-income veterans, ethnic minority veterans, and LGBTQ veterans.

Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Zerubavel is the Director of the Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Treatment Clinic (START Clinic) at Duke, which provides treatment for trauma-related disorders including PTSD, dissociative disorders, and other sequelae of trauma. She specializes in working with individuals who have experienced interpersonal victimization, including intimate partner violence and sexual trauma. She also works with individuals with mood, anxiety, substance use, and personality disorders in the Cognitive Behavioral Research & Treatment Program. Dr. Zerubavel has clinical expertise in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy, including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and supervises psychiatry residents and clinical psychology interns and fellows in these approaches.