Resources for self-care for counselors of color
For Counselors of Color and their clients of color, we would like to provide the following statement and resources. This can be a difficult time as you may be faced with having to continually experience trauma and racial disparity. Additionally you may be asked by your peers, family, and many others about how to help with social justice or various other race related initiatives. This can also be exhausting and overwhelming. Please utilize these links as resources to take care of yourself. Know that you can take a break, care for yourself, and that doing so is not a check out on the social justice and advocacy you hold dear.
- Family-Care, Community-Care, and Self-Care Toolkit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
- What is Racial Trauma and How to Practice Radical Self-Care
- Filling Our Cups: Four Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing
Anti-racism Action Steps
Anti-Racism Resources for you and your communities:
Intro to Solidarity + Solidarity Is… + Reflection Guide
7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now
How to be a Better Ally Resources
Scaffolded AntiRacism Resources
For White people wanting to learn more about co-conspiratorial work: https://embracingequity.org/blog/2018/11/2/let-us-work-together-the-role-of-white-co-conspirators-in-dismantling-systemic-racism
Resources For everyone with children
Here is a resource to help you have conversations about race, Talking Race With Young Children
From Dr. Dominique Avery, Saybrook University: “To learn more about systemic racism check out these resources:
The Racial Healing Workbook by Anneliese A. Singh offers practical tools to help you navigate daily and past experiences of racism, challenge internalized negative messages and privileges, and handle feelings of stress and shame.”
Brooks, M., & Phipps, G. (Eds.). (2019). Counseling African American clients in the era of Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and media stereotypes [Special issue]. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 47(3).
Singh, A. (2019). The racial healing handbook: Practical activities to help you challenge privilege, confront systemic racism, and engage in collective healing (The Social Justice Handbook Series). Raincoat Books.
“What can I share with my clients?”
List of campaigns, foundations, and organizations to help support AntiRacist efforts and the Black Lives Matter movement
Black lives matter – https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Campaign Zero - https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
Color of Change - https://colorofchange.org/
Black Visions Collective - https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
Communities United Against Police Brutality - https://www.cuapb.org/
Know Your Rights Camp - https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/
Minnesota Freedom Fund - https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
Mothers Against Police Brutality - https://mothersagainstpolicebrutality.org/about/
The Loveland Therapy Fund (providing financial assistance and support for African American women and girls to receive mental health resources) - https://thelovelandfoundation.org/loveland-therapy-fund/
NAACP - https://www.naacp.org/
The Equal Justice Initiative - https://eji.org/
What is Police Brutality?
- the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians
Forms of Police Brutality?
- Physical: Nerve gas, batons, pepper spray, and guns
- Emotional: Verbal abuse/assault, psychological intimidation
- Other: False arrests, sexual abuse, police corruption, racial profiling, political repression, and the improper use of Tasers
Police brutality does not burden all racial groups equally. It is a way for institutions and systems to oppress and discriminate against some groups based on race.
How to address structural racism
1. Police brutality against people of color should be framed as structural racism, not power-hungry authority abusing police officers. It is much more than that.
2. Support movements such as Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, and Black Visions Collective.
a. Raise awareness to police brutality and expose structural racism.
3. Advocate for and support criminal justice reform, demilitarization of police, and decriminalization of behaviors such as loitering and minor traffic violations, and ending stop-and-frisk.
4. Remember the names of these victims of police brutality.
5. Share stories and experiences. These open and honest conversations bring to light these issues of racism and discrimination.
6. Get creative! Use your talents and creative expression to tell these stories and experiences. Utlilize whatever platform you have, no matter how big or small to tell the stories of systemic racism, murder, and discrimination.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! How to protest safely
Protesting -- the time-honored practice of publicly speaking out against perceived injustices and urging action -- is a form of assembly and thus protected by the Constitution.
The First Amendment gives the right to peaceful protest or peaceful assembly.
1. Know your rights, whether you are attending a protest, organizing a protest, etc.
How to Stay Safe and Prepare – tips
1. Go with friends, if possible. Let family know where you will be attending
2. Leave valuables at home, only bring essentials (water, ID, signs, etc.)
a. Carry items in a small bag, if needed.
3. Prep your smartphone
a. Put a passcode lock on your phone, police can’t ask you for that under the 5th Amendment.
4. Bring a bandana soaked with water if you are worried about mace or tear gas
How to Interact with Police
1. If you get stopped by police while peacefully protesting, stay calm
a. Don’t run or make sudden movements, keep hands visible
2. If police detain you and start questioning you, know your rights
a. Illinois has a “stop and identify” law, requiring your name, but otherwise stay quiet if police are questioning you
b. Know your Miranda Rights
What to Do if You Feel Your Rights Have Been Violated?
1. Do not challenge police at the scene of the protest
2. Take notes, record every detail of the incident, then file a complaint when you can
3. Get contact information from witnesses at the scene
4. Document any injuries
Other Helpful Information
1. Public spaces are typically fair game for peaceful protests, you should not need a permit there.
2. You are allowed to take pictures and videos
a. Police cannot confiscate or demand to see your pictures without a warrant
Stand up for what is right. Let your voice be heard. Support and empower one another.
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