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Digital Seminar

Treating Anxiety in Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Clients Utilizing a Somatic Approach

Chinwé Williams, PhD
1 Hour 33 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 02, 2022
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Increased hate crimes. Fear and discrimination. Police brutality and traumatic media coverage. Higher rates of mental and physical health disorders. Just because your clients aren’t talking about racial-based anxiety, doesn’t mean they’re not dealing with it. It is critical that your therapeutic space instils a sense of safety and calm and agency and empowerment for BIPOC clients.  Imagine your Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) clients leaving therapy... feeling like their traumatic experiences no longer drain or define them... having gained a sense of ownership over their story... using their trauma to help or inspire others into healthy action.

Chinwé Williams, PhD, and Licensed and Board-Certified EMDR therapist has been supporting BIPOC clients with trauma recovery for over a decade. She serves the BIPOC community as a published researcher and author, consultant, educator, and a featured expert blog and media contributor. She specializes in somatically-focused approaches to teach clients how to regulate the nervous system and safely use the body for healing racial trauma. In this summit recording, Dr. Williams will go beyond cultural competency and “top down approaches”, like CBT—because clients can’t think their way out of trauma.

You’ll learn:

  • Somatic, body-based interventions to heal the nervous system and target trauma at the cellular level
  • New exercises to explore your identity and bias
  • The latest ways to support racial wellness and self-care

Don’t let therapy be another space where a BIPOC client doesn’t feel safe and heard. Watch this expert-led training to grow deeper in your connections with BIPOC clients and improve clinical outcomes.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Chinwé Williams, PhD, is a licensed and board-certified EMDR therapist, and counselor educator and supervisor with close to two decades of experience supporting individuals in trauma recovery. She has a strong commitment to helping clients overcome various forms of trauma and anxiety. As a published researcher, author, consultant, and educator, Dr. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge to her work.

Her expertise lies in somatically focused approaches that teach clients how to regulate the nervous system and utilize the body for healing from various traumatic experiences. Formerly a faculty member at Georgia State University, the University of Central Florida, and Rollins College, she specializes in trauma recovery, stress/anxiety management, adolescent and women’s wellness, and equity-centered trauma-informed education.

Dr. Williams is actively involved in contributing to the field of behavioral health. She consults with several corporate and nonprofit organizations, and school districts. Dr. Williams also serves on the advisory board for Brightline, a telemedicine company providing mental health support to kids, teens, and families. In this role, she consults on the best practices to support diverse youth and families through programs, content development, and care team training.

She is the co-author of two books, SEEN: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection and Beyond the Spiral: Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything Anxiety Tells You. As the owner of Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, a thriving private practice in Roswell, GA, Dr. Williams applies her expertise to address a broad range of trauma issues across many client demographics.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Chinwé Williams is the co-owner of Southeastern Counselor Training Institute and has an employment relationship with Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Williams receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Chinwé Williams has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Apply simple, effective clinical interventions to assist BIPOC clients to regulate their nervous system after experiencing anxiety provoking physiological cues, triggers, and emotional reactivity.
  2. Utilize 3 somatic resources that can help BIPOC clients to decrease symptoms of chronic anxiety, as well as manage emotional and physical symptoms of anxiety and panic in the moment.
  3. Apply simple treatment interventions that will empower BIPOC clients to build creative embodied resources to respond to stressors related to personal challenges (or social injustices) in flexible and adaptive ways while uncovering their own internal growth and resilience.


  • Anxiety as a Physical State
    • Mind-body connection
    • Strategies for treating the mind-body system (vs. treating body and mind separately)
    • Common physical warning signs and anxiety symptoms in BIPOC clients
    • Assessment questions and clinical intake strategies for broaching race-based topics with clients
  • Bringing in the Body with BIPOC clients: Somatic Skills for Healing
    • Resources to widen their window of tolerance
    • Increasing awareness of internal cues indicating threat
    • Stress-response strategies for addressing threats
    • Responses to personal or systemic adversity
    • Strategies to increase flexibility and resilience
  • EMDR-inspired Resources for Reducing Anxiety (You don't have to be EMDR Trained!)
    • Resourcing early in session
    • Supporting a regulated nervous system in therapy
    • Integrating EMDR-inspired techniques with YOUR therapeutic approach
    • Root memory recall to identify anxiety events
    • Positivity resources and use of the imagination for anxiety resilience

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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