DFI A Difference in Weight: Examining Historical Trauma and Racist Bypassing Behaviors

Date: 09/22/2020

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Facilitator: Tirrany Thurmond, Licensed Counselor, DEI Consultant and Educator

For Professionals


 Have you ever asked, “How did we get here?” During this interactive session, we will explore the impact of 400 years of systemic oppression on the lives and experiences of Black people, examine “the difference in weight”, associated with the effects of internalized racism (superiority and inferiority) and define the 4 layers of racial oppression. Participants will discuss the historical events that lead us “here” and the traumatic impact each encounter has had on our lives. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the six types of racist bypassing behaviors that prevent us from becoming antiracist.

We will increase our understanding of the shape-shifting nature of racism.


Tirrany Thurmond, M.Ed., NCC, LGPC, is the founder and principal consultant of Idaltu Counseling & Consulting, a Baltimore-based educational consulting firm that specializes in fusing the healing practices of mental health counseling with social justice advocacy and antiracist education to create anti-oppressive communities.

Tirrany is a national board-certified counselor and a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland. Her areas of interests are trauma and race-based stress, destigmatizing mental illness in communities of color, building culturally proficient practitioners. She’s a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and certified Safe Zone facilitator.


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