The Impact of Trauma on Marginalized Communities

Inside the e-Book

Drawing on her personal experience and professional expertise, Dr. Eboni Webb shares how the brain uses systems of survival to adapt to trauma, which is then encoded in marginalized bodies.

Talking About Trauma
An Opening Poem & My Background
The Body is Our First Home


Living in Trauma
How Does the Body Learn to Encode Marginalization?
Window of Tolerance


Identity Formation
Envision the Human Cell
Prosodic Communication
The Therapeutic Space

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Talking About Trauma

Like Dr. Brene Brown would say, not everyone is worthy of your story. This is an area that can be bruised, it can be misunderstood, and it can be weaponized. Over the past years, I’ve been very thoughtful about where I discussed this and where I felt that I wanted to share my story and to share how trauma impacts marginalized communities, specifically in the body.

I love to talk all things trauma, even though that seems very strange. My work is about healing, and over the past year we have seen that the work that we do as clinicians or other kinds of healing practitioners is saving lives. I don’t think that can be understated. The work also has an impact on our own experiences because we bring our whole selves in. We are going to be talking about what that means through the healing process of bringing your whole self in and asking and inviting your clients to bring their whole self in.

I read a wonderful book that talked about decolonizing the body, and I was really struck by the recognition that, for many marginalized communities, much of what was required for survival was to figure out how to assimilate into an area that was strange, to take on other worldviews as their own, and to carry themselves differently. Much of that determines how well a person thrives in the particular environment they find themselves in. This is a lens that I hope we all can take on to understand that we have all been impacted by marginalization. But there are communities that are so hesitant to get the healing that they so richly need for fear that this will be another space where they will be marginalized and invalidated.

We’re going to talk about the impact of this in those spaces and how it shows up in our bodies.

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Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP

Dr. Webb is a highly rated international trainer in DBT, and she serves as an advisor to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). In 2010 Dr. Webb opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including DBT for trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders.

The Village of Kairos has expanded therapy programs, better known as Restorative Services, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents, parents, families, and adults including pre-and post-adoption services and in-the-moment coaching for clients. The vision of The Village of Kairos is to help clients build a life worth living alongside a village of practitioners with lives worth sharing.

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4 Week Workshop

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Attend this 4-week workshop, Transcending Racial Trauma to Reclaim our Essential Self, and learn to work together with clients and community support systems to increase compassion, see the function of behavior through the lens of trauma and the loss of the essential self, and how to build a therapeutic space that communicates felt safety.

Leave with the knowledge and skills to confidently teach clients how to implement a safe structure that enables the client to resource and rediscover the essential self, exiled due to trauma.

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Recording available for 60 days

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