Color Me Well:

Mental Health and Racial Trauma


Color Me Well: Mental Health and Racial Trauma is a dynamic experience to engage social workers and students around systemic racism in our field and the impact that it has on the clients that we serve. This opportunity for continuing education empowers practitioners to exercise their clinical skills in mental health service delivery, while catalyzing their community and political advocacy. In the process we will explore the intersectionality of race, culture, gender expression, justice, community economics, immigration status, spirituality, and more. In this specially curated webinar, we will provide actionable steps for professionals and students to engage in social work practice while acknowledging the underpinnings of institutionalized racism and trauma. Moreover, we will engage in strategies to self-care and network development for clinicians and students in the parallel process.

In this full day virtual workshop participants will engage in a blend of PowerPoint lecture, reflective exercises and small group discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a safe space through community contracting. Participants will gain insight into the manifestation of racial trauma, especially in the midst of the COVID pandemic, racial reckoning and environmental degradation. Participants will complete the program equipped with tools for engaging BIPOC communities impacted by trauma and tools for their own self-care on the journey. Moreover, participants will be equipped with strategies for community and political advocacy in advancing large scale mental health supports and restorative racial justice.



Date: Friday, Jan 28, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am EST – Workshop: 8:45am-4:00pm EST

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive – Cat I CEU Credits (same as in-person!)

Cost: $149 early registration through Jan 21

   $165 after Jan 21, 2022

  $129 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Pia J. Raymond, LMSW

CEU Credits: 6 Category I MD and DC Social Work CEUs (same as in-person) – See below for credit details


Pia Raymond, LMSW

Pia J. Raymond earned a B.A. in psychology from Boston University and an MSW from New York University as an honors graduate, Lucretia Jett Phillips fellow and Nia Award recipient. Her NYU Social Work Study in Puerto Rico especially equipped her for practice within diverse Spanish speaking communities. Exercising with cultural humility, Pia has deeply engaged children and families through social work practice at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the New York City Mission Society. As a community and political activist, Pia ran for NYC Council in 2017 and continued community organizing through leadership in several civic organizations. A champion for literacy with an emphasis on social emotional learning, Pia’s notable children’s book, Celebrate Smiles teaches self-esteem, love and thankfulness. She founded Creating Legacies, a nonprofit organization inspiring community building through nurturing entrepreneurs and offering families diverse social and educational experiences. In the educational sector, Pia served as the 2018-2019 co-chair of the Diversity Committee at the Packer Collegiate Institute in New York City. Her experience as an alumna of the Oliver Scholars Program, allows Pia a unique opportunity to render her service to the Oliver Scholars student and parent body through educating about mental health, particularly during the pandemic. As a speaker, Pia engages diverse audiences around race and cultural humility, political agency, collective trauma and healing, and the importance of self-care. She continues to share her expertise as a professor of social work at NYU Silver with a particular emphasis on the needs of immigrant communities and those reflective of the African Diaspora.



CE Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CE credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CE Credits). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.

Workshop Objectives


After completing this course attendees will be able to:

• Express their continuum of identities through self-reflective, interactive activities and engage in exercises dedicated to raising awareness about practicing self-care, self-reflection and fostering a mental health support network for clinicians, especially those of BIPOC and marginalized communities.
• Identify at least one (1) strategy to dismantle negative language about people involved with the legal system and evolve the narrative to person first language.
• Identify at least one (1) strategy to dismantle stigma around mental health care and racial trauma in communities of color and marginalized communities.
• Identify at least (1) strategy to exercise community advocacy in social work practice regarding mental health and racial trauma.
• Identify at least one (1) strategy to exercise political agency in social work practice regarding restorative racial justice.

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