Research Brief

What Is Racial Trauma? Understanding Race-Based Traumatic Stress

Health and Human Services
Research Brief
Trauma-Informed Care

Download this research brief to explore:

  • The different types of racial trauma
  • Common barriers to addressing racial trauma among providers
  • Clinical best practices to help providers begin to address racial trauma

About this Research Brief

One aspect of trauma-informed care beginning to gain more awareness is the effect of racial trauma among people of color. Racism and racial inequity are pervasive throughout all aspects of our culture, and racial disparities exist in nearly all facets of life.

Despite this, many providers remain hesitant to discuss racism with their clients or are simply uncomfortable addressing these issues. This research brief provides an overview of how race-based trauma impacts individuals.

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