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Social Justice, Anti-Racism, Cultural Mis-attunement Resources

Below you will find resources for addressing this topic. There are links and people that have been referenced in USABP circles. You can also reach out to our member organizations as well. Please email us with any of your suggestions. The list and site presence will build out over time. Thank you all for your contributions.


Member Organizations often include webinars, workshops or specialize in training activity to address social justice, anti-racism, diversity, systemic racism, implicit bias, polarization and more.

See a list of our organizations and the ways in which they assist in this issue through Somatic Psychology, Body Psychotherapy and other Somatic-based Therapy Practices


Radical Aliveness Institute is a USABP Official Training School addressing somatic and systemic issues world wide from US to Central and South America to Africa and the Middle East.


A List of Member Organizations' Helpful Resources

NARM & Cultural Misattunement Webinar: Addressing the Impact of Cultural Trauma from Systemic Oppression with NARM Therapist Claude Cayemitte, MSW, CCTP hosted by NARM Training Director and Senior Faculty Brad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC


Two podcasts brought to you by the NARM® Training Institute

Transforming Trauma, Episode 013: 
Addressing Systemic, Cultural, Racial, and Complex Trauma with Claude Cayemitte


Transforming Trauma Episode 015: 
Post-Traumatic Growth in Communities of Color and NARM in the Classroom with Giancarlo Simpson



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Working with Polarization and Trauma in Groups:  how to work cross-culturally and cross-nationally

Presented by Ann Bradney, CCEP, CPRA  
Founder of the Radical Aliveness Institute 


Embodied Activism: Getting a Grip on Social Justice and Moral Courage in Somatic Psychotherapy 
Presented by Rae Johnson, PhD, RSW, RSMT, BCC 


A Thousand Paper Cuts - Grasping and Transforming the Trauma of Embodied Micro-aggressions 
Presented by Rae Johnson, PhD, RSW, RSMT, BCC 



Privileges and Perils of Power

By Dr. Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T., D.P.I.

Power, simply the ability to have an effect or to have influence, is a magnetic, addictive, and corrupting force. Research shows that taking on higher role power or having higher rank power inevitably changes you. You are given gifts, actually privileges, from the outside world that change how you see yourself, how you see and relate to others, and how they see and relate to you. The greater the power difference the greater the effect. These privileges change you whether your intentions are for service or for selfish gain.



USABP Somatic Practitioners


Somatic Experiencing Practitioners specializing in matters related to the Criminal System


Directory, Organizations, Books, Trainings, and more 

Dr. Rae Johnson 
Embodied Social Justice introduces a body-centered approach to working with oppression, designed for social workers, counselors, educators, and other human service professionals. Grounded in current research, this integrative approach to social justice works directly with the implicit knowledge of our bodies to address imbalances in social power.

USABP Member Nola Butler-Byrd 
Nola Butler Byrd, Ph.D., LPCC is a Certified Radix Practitioner and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is also an Associate Professor and Director of the Community-Based Block Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Education Program

USABP Member Zeshan Mustafa, CCEP, JD, RYT 
Specialties with Somatic Support: 
BIPOC, Anti-Racist Activists, and Codependents.

Author of: 
"When Helping Is Not Helping: a Somatic Approach to Working with Clients of Color."

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Right Use of Power Institute 

White Supremacy and Me by Layla F Saad

National Association of Social Workers Anti-Racism Resources

Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Center for Partnership Studies, founded by Dr. Riane Eisler

Take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to Measure Your Bias:

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At the heart of the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People is a method called the Implicit Association Test (IAT) which was designed by Tony Greenwald to detect the hidden contents of the mind. Its original application was to explore the group-based preferences, stereotype, and identities that may not be accessible to conscious awareness. Since then, it has been used widely to study preferences, beliefs, and identity, and found applications in domains of health, education, business, government, the law and law enforcement. The test is currently available at 39 country sites, in 25 languages.

Free Racialized Trauma Course 

Google Drive link to comprehensive educational reading, tools, exercises and organizations to help explore this topic from many sources.

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Engaged Citizenry

Andrew Goodman Foundation


BU Center for Anti-racism Research

Featured Body Psychotherapists, Speakers, Authors and Trainers

Resmaa Menakem 
Coins the phrase White "Body" Supremacy and has exercises for one to work through to embodying trauma and work with issues around race and trauma. "We can't help ourselves to heal racialized trauma if we don't acknowledge that it even exists." 

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, has appeared on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence.

He has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; as a domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the U.S. Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Get your body psychotherapy and somatic psychology basics understood. We have laid out for you insights briefs about important topics related to this industry, the breadth of the work and how it is applied in practice. Enjoy these articles and build on them.

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 The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy was founded in 1996 as an umbrella organization for the emerging profession of body psychotherapy. Our dual mission is to advance the field of somatic psychology and to assist our members in getting their work out into the world. Thus we represent not just individual members like you but also various institutional organizations as we advocate for our field on a national stage. And we nurture promising students through their education, training and licensing .

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USABP has five types of individual membership:  Clinical, Practitioner, Associate, Student, andAffiliate

Please click below to link to descriptions of each to determine which is the proper one for you. Contact Us for help with questions you might have.

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institutional membership

Institutional membership classification is granted to institutions, such as schools, training centers, organizations, or clinics, that are related to the field of body psychotherapy and support the mission and goals of the USABP. We have two membership types.

Get the details for Senior/Parent Institute Membership or Training Resources Membership 

student membership

Student Membership is for those who are enrolled full-time in a degree-granting or certification program (minimum of three years in length) in somatic psychology or related to somatic psychology. Student membership is limited to no more than 4 years. 

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What is Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology?

Body-oriented or body-centered psychotherapy is an expansive, emerging, multi-faceted field that affirms the inseparability of mind, body, and spirit. It draws from somatic psychology which sees the mind revealed not only in relational styles, dreams, and cognitions, but in neurophysiology, posture, gestures, movement, bodily tensions and more. It explores the therapeutic possibilities of somatic roads to the unconscious and healing while honoring the wisdom of general psychology and psychotherapy through expanding and contributing to it. 

Body psychotherapy and somatic psychology are currently taught in a number of modality training programs and academic settings. Some of the ones you might recognize are: Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine) California Institute of Integral Studies; Hakomi (Ron Kurtz) Pacifica Graduate Institute; Focusing (Eugene Gendlin) Naropa University; Bioenergetic Analysis (Alexander Lowen) Prescott College.


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