Trauma is Real: Understanding and Interrupting Microaggressions

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Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: ZOOM
Category: Workshop

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The Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development welcomes all members of our community to join us for the first session of our three part workshop series on Implicit Bias:

"Trauma is Real: Understanding and Interrupting Microaggressions"

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will examine the trauma individuals experience based on the impact microaggressions have on targeted people based solely upon their marginalized group membership. A list will be provided of marginalized and dominate groups and examples of everyday instances of microaggressions. Additionally, participants will engage in group reflection and processing.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • be able to understand how microaggressions impact the mental health of communities
  • recognize and identify a variety of ways to address microaggressions, both as the receiver and the bystander
  • practice a range of practical strategies to use in a variety of contexts

Workshop Facilitator:

Vicki T. Sapp, Ph.D. 

Dr. Vicki T. Sapp typically works with different types of learners. As such, she likes to have visual, auditory, and textile delivery modes when she conducts small/large group consultations, presentations, and professional development training sessions. More importantly, Dr. Sapp use evidence-based approaches grounded in theoretical practices. She delivers the training to participants without blame, shame, or guilt. She encourages participants to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. If they are uncomfortable that means they are leaning in and learning material and about themselves things they may not have learned or known. Their feelings of being uncomfortable means they are on their learning edge and need to work through being uncomfortable to get to their maximum results of shifting and changing their attitudes and behaviors to impact positive change. Moreover, to take actions to be intentional and inclusive in their professional and personal practices. Dr. Sapp’s goal is for participants to leave her training sessions feeling equipped with tools they could incorporate in their professional and personal lives.

She uses multiple modalities in her curriculum to administer professional development training to participants to assist them with understanding how to break through their own unconscious biases. In addition, participants learn how to recognize and mitigate their unconscious bias to be successful in their professional and personal lives. In Dr. Sapp’s trainings there are subsections. All subsections are interactive with call and response engagement from participants. The format of the training is to define terms/concepts, provide concrete examples of the terms/concepts and then have participants engage in individual and group activities.

Finally, Dr. Sapp concludes the training with tips, tools, and resources for participants to continue their own self-directed learning, understanding, empowerment and application to mitigate bias and be intentional in their attitudes, actions, and behaviors.

Workshop Moderator:

Rhonda Dailey, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Scientific Director, Office of Community Engaged Research (OCEnR).

Dr. Dailey has 20 years of experience with conducting quantitative and qualitative behavioral and health-disparities research, and expertise in community engagement and with the recruitment and retention of minority populations.  She is a trained Microaggressions Facilitator and has delivered various local and national talks on medical mistrust and racism, women’s health, and chronic disease.  Her research interests include the influence of racism on health; women's health; health equity and disparities related to chronic disease, primarily asthma and hypertension; patient attitudes and beliefs about health; and healthcare quality.  She currently leads OCEnR's efforts in delivering cultural competency workshops and is co-investigator on several RO1 research studies that align with her interests, particularly asthma and perinatal health outcomes in African American participants. 

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit

March 2021