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Disrupting the Resilience Narrative: Resistance as Healing and a Roadmap for Racial Justice

Ended Oct 31, 2022

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Full course description

Thursday, October 13th, 2022 | 7:00-8:30PM (EDT) | Fully Online Lecture | Sponsored by Psychological Humanities and Ethics and the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program


This event is free to the public. Please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES21 to register at no cost.

For Donovan Scholars, please use the promo code DONOSCHOLAR to register.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. As per the credentialing bodies, we can only grant CEs for attendance of live events. Please pay and register for the lecture so that we may keep track of your attendance. You CE registration status may not be changed after the event.


When discussing the consequences of racial oppression, there is often recognition (and even celebration) of those that are able to adapt and seemingly persevere. Such conceptualizations are problematic for multiple reasons. A review of risk and resilience scholarship (Arrington & Wilson, 2000) yields a variety of definitions that attempt to explain the concept of resilience. “More often than not, resilience is viewed simply as adaptation despite risk” (p. 225). We reject the notion of resilience as it pertains to racism and challenge the characterization of People of Color as resilient when they demonstrate the ability to survive and thrive despite experiences of racial marginalization, oppression, and trauma. Moreover, resilience frameworks focus attention and responsibility on the individual to recover from or adapt to racism rather than holding systems, and those who uphold the policies and practices within such systems, accountable. In sum, as an overall strategy, resilience does not allow us to actualize justice. Resistance is collective. Thus, organized resistance allows for a focus on the source of the harm, rather than solely on the outcomes experienced by the individual, group, or community most impacted.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this lecture, attendees will be able to...

  1. Identify the difference between the concepts of resilience and resistance.
  2. Demonstrate increased knowledge and awareness of articulated models of resistance that have informed recommendations for healing from racial trauma.
  3. Apply resistance strategies to determine how to facilitate racial equity and justice.

Timeline and Requirements:

The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 13th, 2022.  This lecture is presenter-led and is a virtual experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 7:00-8:30PM (EDT). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

This program has been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D-91386.

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees and Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and cannot be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes October 13th at 7:00PM. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi is a licensed psychologist, clinical-researcher, and educator. Her professional training and work experiences include mental health, women’s health, health disparities, and adult and family interventions. Clinically, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has worked alongside a multidisciplinary team of health providers in mental health, community, medical, academic settings, and private practice. As a consultant, she works with organizations to implement equitable and culturally inclusive policies. Additionally, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi facilitates professional development training for a wide range of agencies, professional societies, corporations, legal professionals, mental health agencies, and community organizations.

Dr. Hector Adames received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University and completed his pre/postdoctoral training at BU School of Medicine. He is a neuropsychologist and Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has written four books, including Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latinx Mental Health, Caring for Latinxs with Dementia in a Globalized World, Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide, and Succeeding as a Therapist. His research focuses on how socio-race, colorism, and ethnic and racial group membership influence wellness. His awards include a 2021 Presidential Citation from APA for his commitment to human rights and racial justice through his research, service, and mentorship.