Queer Affirming Therapist Guild

The Impact of Microaggressions on the Nervous System: Outcomes and Treatment Approaches

  • 17 Aug 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Jewish Family Services, 425 E. 63rd Street, KCMO 64110
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Please be aware we have moved the location of this training to 425 E. 63rd Street

We are located at 425 E. 63rd Street, inbetween Oak and Cherry.  The #63 bus stops basically outside our door and the #57 is about a half block west of us across from 7-11.  If parking fills up here, people can park 2 doors down at 601 E. 63rd St.

 Dr. Jennifer Sweeton will present on the Impact of Micro-aggressions on the nervous system for LGBTQ clients. 

This is our first lunch time session. We are attempting to honor requests for different time and days for some members who can not make the 8am meeting times we previously limited ourselves too. 

"Anyone born and raised in the United States is not immune from the racial, gender, and sexual orientation biases of the society," Dr. Stanley Sue.

Microaggressions, which are brief, commonplace, and subtle verbal and nonverbal slights, insults, indignities, and denigrating messages directed toward an individual due to their group identity, often occur automatically and unconsciously (Sue, 2010). While usually committed by well-intentioned individuals who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated, these experiences can have a cumulative effect on a person's physical and emotional health. This presentation discusses ways to identify microaggressions both in and out of therapy, presents research on how microaggressions can impact an individual's nervous system, discusses health outcomes of microaggressions, and outlines ways to begin addressing microaggressions.


1. Define "microaggressions"

2. Name at least three impacts of microaggressions on the nervous system, and the outcomes they are linked to. 

3. State at least one way we can begin to "repair the tear" of microaggressions that occur in or out of the therapy context. 

 The Guild will provide a lunch box details to follow for those who sign up. Members lunch will be free. Non-paid members lunch will be $10.

1.5 hours of CEU will be given. 

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