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S21-201 Healing Wounds for Black Women & Their Children

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Mimi Y Ryans
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



With the increased acceptance of mental health treatment in Communities of Color and particularly among Black women, it is essential that clinicians are aware of some of the reasons for their hesitation to accept therapy, especially play therapy as an effective way to heal their past hurts and trauma or those of their children. The purpose of this training is to assist Play Therapists with identifying what interpersonal and intergenerational trauma is and how both ultimately affect Black women in the therapeutic setting. This training will assist play therapists with ways to overcome potential barriers so that treatment is more successful. During these three hours, participants will learn not only how to identify trauma but be able to identify interpersonal and intergenerational trauma that has impacted and continues to impact African Americans in the United States. During this time, we will also explore interventions and activities that can be used to promote play therapy with Black women to not only heal themselves, but also to assist with healing their children.


Mimi Y Ryans's Profile

Mimi Y Ryans Related seminars and products: 2

Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play

Y. Mimi Ryans, LCSW-C, RPT,CCPT is the Owner/Therapist at Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play. For the past decade, she has made it her lifework to provide quality mental health services to children and families either experiencing mental health crises or those with specific mental health needs. In the last few years, it has become more evident to her that the focus on trauma when addressing children’s mental health needs is imperative to their healing and completing their treatment.

In 2013, Mrs. Ryans incorporated Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play. At Lighthouse Center for Therapy & Play, the mission is to provide hope and healing to children and families through the power of play. Lighthouse is a therapist owned and operated provider of mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. They provide quality individual, family and group therapy to the children and families of the greater Howard County community. They truly believe in working with each individual and family to help them understand and utilize their strengths in the process of healing and broadening their communication through expressive therapies.

They offer children, adolescents, and adults the opportunity to process their feelings and challenges through the use of play therapy and other alternative techniques including sandplay, filial, art and expressive therapies. Play therapy, children’s natural language, offers them the opportunity to process and communicate their feelings and needs without the traditional “talk” therapy that is common in therapeutic settings. They use several play therapy interventions including trauma-focused integrated play therapy, child-parent relationship therapy, and other interventions that strengthen the client’s ability to function in the home, school and other environments that they identify. They believe that working with children through their natural language of play is the most impactful strategy to assist them with identifying and addressing their emotional and behavioral health challenges.

Mrs. Ryans has presented trainings on Introduction of Play Therapy and Trauma & Play Therapy. Some of the venues have included University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore & Shady Grove campuses); Jewish Community Services; University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. Mrs. Ryans is a Certified Trainer for Mental Health First Aid in both the Youth and Adult Modules.

Mrs. Ryans is the wife of Richard Ryans for fourteen years.  She is the mom of Jeremiah (15) and twins Alyssa & Allyson Ryans (11). She enjoys reading and traveling with her family.


Agenda & Learning Objectives


09:00 Registration
09:00 - 11:00


Introduction/define & discuss trauma and how it has historically impacted Black women.

Define/discuss interpersonal trauma and it has been experienced by Black women.

11:00 - 11:10     Break
11:10 - 12:00

Lecture (Continued):

Discuss intergeneration trauma and identify & discuss interventions to encourage play with Black women and their children.

00:00 Questions & Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Introduction/define & discuss trauma and how it has historically impacted Black women.

Define/discuss interpersonal trauma and it has been experienced by Black women.

Discuss intergeneration trauma and identify & discuss interventions to encourage play with Black women and their children.



Bibliography & References


• Carter, R.T. The Influence of Race and Racial Identity in Psychotherapy. New York: Wiley & Sons; 1Carter, R.T. The Influence of Race and Racial Identity in Psychotherapy. New York: Wiley & Sons; 1

• Contributors. (2019, April 11). Intergenerational trauma is gendered, and other life lessons from my Black mother & sister.

• Coyle, S. (2014, n.d.). Intergenerational Trauma- Legacies of Loss.

• “Cultural Trauma, Compound Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth: Relevant Concepts for Survivors of Chattel Slavery, Jim Crow Racism, and Hurricane Katrina” Arthur L Whaley, PhD, DrPH Associate Director of Mental Health Services Research, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Professor of Psychology University of Texas at Austin

• Donovan, S. (2018, November, 28). Recognizing and Attending to Intergenerational Trauma.

• Fierce, T. Black Women Are Sexually Assaulted and Killed By Police. Why Don’t We Talk About It?

Frazier, C. (2018, June 26). For Many Black Women, Trauma is A Layered Experience.

• Inserro, Allison. (2018, May 21). Racial Disparities Seen for Black Children Age 5-12 in Youth Suicide.

• Jones, B. (n.d.). Legacy of Trauma: Context of the African American Existence. 

• Iyengar, U., Kim, S., Martinez, S., Fonagy, P., & Strathearn, L. (2014). Unresolved trauma in mothers: intergenerational effects and the role of reorganization. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 966.

• Strategy Scholars Network (2015, September 22). The Complexities of Black Youth Suicide. 

• Swain, G. (2017). The Untold Story: Intergenerational Trauma and Black Women (n.d.) [Master’s thesis, York University].





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Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3.0} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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