PMI Atlanta Chapter leaders recognize the unique position we contribute in having meaningful conversations within our diverse communities through awareness and education. With Atlanta being home to numerous iconic social justice activists, we ask that you join us in understanding how racism impacts Americans and how to be an ally in our community.
This presentation will address the historical and ongoing impact of racism on Black Americans. The speaker will then provide both general and workplace specific guidance for addressing racism. Special attention will be given to managing mental health and self-care in the midst of a double pandemic. Tips for effective allyship will also be provided.
Dr. Ariel Lewis is a licensed and board-certified therapist based in Maryland. Since 2013, she has provided evidence-based, individual and group therapy for both adult and adolescent clients in community-based and private practice settings. Dedicated to leveraging a person-centered and integrative approach to therapy, she helps clients navigate various issues including grief and loss, race-based trauma, anxiety and depression, and interpersonal difficulties.
Dr. Lewis’ dissertation topic “Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Phenomenological Investigation of African American Millennials’ Views on Historical Trauma” addresses gaps in existing research regarding how persons who identify as African American and/or Black are impacted by the traumas of the past, as well as ongoing racism in the present. Additionally, it highlights the potential influence of grief, coping, and ethnic identity on how today’s African Americans process historical trauma. Her hopes for leveraging this research for future projects are rooted in a desire to further explicate the manner in which trauma has influenced the progression of Black people in the U.S., while also building their resilience. Most recently, Dr. Lewis has been honored to share her expertise with diverse audiences via speaking engagements and professional consultations.
Dr. Lewis recently earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from The George Washington University in May 2020. She also holds a M.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America, as well as a B.S. in Marketing from Bowie State University. Dr. Lewis holds National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) credentials and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Maryland Counseling Association, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
1 PDU: Leadership
|Event Date||08-26-2020 6:00 pm|