Career Counseling: discrimination and racism at work

Minority workers regularly report feeling discriminated against at work and spending an extraordinary amount of daily energy fighting racist comments and marginalization at what is supposed to be a "professional and inclusive" work environment.  An article about a local company describes "predominantly white leadership struggling with issues of race and discrimination", and a work environment where  "race is a constant issue, leaving the relatively few black employees often feeling marginalized and sometimes discriminated against'.

"... they were frequently the only black person in meetings and often felt their input was not valued when decisions were being made. And an overall lack of racial diversity, they said, meant it was not uncommon for negative stereotypes to creep into work discussions or marketing pitches involving black athletes, sometimes creating backlash outside the company."

Life Transitions, Couples Counseling: a free app for PTSD treatment

Trauma, PTSD, Life Transitions, Couples Counseling: here is an interesting article about a free smartphone app developed by US Veterans Affairs to help with PTSD treatment. It appears to be effective for almost half of the users, with symptom reduction maintained after 3 months. Combining this app with mental health counseling for PTSD and including Brainspotting therapy helps some clients.

Immigration Adjustments: support for healthy migrant hypothesis

Immigration Adjustments – Despite the stresses of migration and adapting to life in a new country, immigrants arriving at age 11 or older “are far less likely to have mental health problems compared to people born in the United States. This was the case for immigrants from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as from top immigrant-sending countries such as Mexico, China, India, and El Salvador.” This is not random, “rather, people who are motivated and able to pick up everything to start a new life in a foreign country are more likely to be physically and psychologically healthy compared to those who do not migrate.” —

Immigration Adjustments: using trauma-informed language with newcomers

Refugees and immigrants often experience multiple levels of trauma – the trauma of leaving their place of birth, their families and lifelong connections, the trauma of the actual journey, and the trauma of adjusting to the new culture, new language, and new expectations. When encountering people with accents, asking them a seemingly simple question, such as, where they are from, may trigger deep emotional reactions, pulling them right back into the past traumatic experiences. The language and the labels we use matter and it’s important to prioritize the well-being of others over our own curiosity.