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Dr. Yamonte Cooper

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Sunken Place: Racism & Trauma—The Impacts on African-American Men

From January 1, 2013 to October 3, 2016; 303 known unarmed Black Americans were killed by police officers; 278 (92%) of these victims were Black men. Trauma as a result of racism is a normative experience for many African-American men. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), “There is evidence that racism can exacerbate many psychiatric disorders, contributing to poor outcome, and that racial biases can affect diagnostic assessment” (p. 749). African-Americans who experienced racism are significantly more likely to experience symptoms of PTSD. Recent research suggests that multiple levels of racism, including interpersonal experiences of racial discrimination and the internalization of negative racial bias, operate jointly to accelerate biological aging among African-American men.



Dr. Yamonte Cooper is an Associate Professor of Counseling at El Camino College, adjunct Assistant Professor of School Counseling at USC, adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) in private practice in Los Angeles. He specializes in working with couples, trauma, sexual dysfunctions, gender & sexual identity, depression & anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality issues, grief, and other mental health problems.

He is the author of the upcoming book The Impacts of Racism and Trauma on African-American Men (Routledge). Further, as a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cooper exchanged best practices in career counseling and development in Germany and has exchanged best practices with higher education institutions in Botswana.

#CCEC19  |  February 8–9, 2019  |  Savannah, GA


Last updated: 1/7/2019