ACAP offering via Zoom

Racial Stress and Trauma:
Listening to Justice System
Impacted Citizens

Facilitator: Susan Saunders, LCSW
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Receive 1.5 CEU, $15 fee for certificate
( there is a $15 fee for a replacement certificate)

Racial Stress and Trauma: Listening to Justice Impacted Citizens
Those directly impacted by our criminal justice system suffer lasting and complex trauma. Violence, isolation, and everyday life as one of society’s targets of fear and aggression mean that survivors take on central nervous systems geared toward fight, flight, and freeze. Repeated betrayals and lack of accountability from well-intentioned authority figures make trust next to impossible. From a broader view, all of us are implicated in our society's facts and fantasies about what a criminal is and what punishment should look like.
Seraphim Wing consultants, Aron Pines and Lydia York, spoke with criminal justice advocates and service professionals to find out what they can teach us about the trauma of living within injustice. Those of us who feel un-impacted by systemic injustice and racial caste my also suffer bouts of hypo/hyperarousal, cognitive dysfunction, and primitive ego impingements when confronted by facts too difficult for our psyche to absorb and accept. Becoming available for both listening and hearing means committing to a deeper self-reflection.

Attendees will be able to:
  • Describe an advocacy perspective about trauma and criminal justice
  • Identify the service needs of justice-impacted persons
  • Understand the history of racial caste in the psychiatric clinic

Full CE Information:

CE Provider for:
NY Psychoanalysts
Social Workers
NY Social Workers
Mental Health Counselors (NBCC)
Art Therapists
Marriage & Family Therapists

ARON PINES (Advocate & Organizer, A Rutgers graduate (B.A. '20), Aron works with Seraphim Wing connecting justice-impacted individuals with resources for learning and positive growth; and travels throughout northern NJ with the community health outreach initiative of Be The Change Global Grace Cafe. Aron is a freelance writer and passionate advocate for juvenile justice and prison reform.


LYDIA YORK, Ph.D. (Consultant for Curriculum, A philosopher who brings 10 years of university teaching and research to the table including a year-long lectureship in China (2019), Lydia serves as instructor and consultant with Seraphim Wing, equipping mental health professionals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. Lydia is in training with the Academy of Clinical & Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston, NJ.

Susan L. Saunders, LCSW, ACS is a psychotherapist in private practice in Livingston. She also works as a therapist at the North Jersey Consultation Center (NJCC) of ACAP where she is an advanced clinical candidate at ACAP. Ms. Saunders obtained an MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work. She has led workshops at ACAP in clinical supervision, group supervision, countertransference, and workshops relating to children, parents, and teachers. Mrs. Saunders has been president of the Student Association at ACAP where she initiated the ACAP film series and presently is coordinator of the Brown Bag Lunch workshops at ACAP. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a social work supervisor, and certified as an Approved Clinical Supervisor for counselors.

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