The mission of the Minnesota School Psychologists Association is to proactively support the needs and well-being of all children, youth, families, and communities through advocacy, education, and research; and to promote the delivery of comprehensive, effective, and ethical school psychological services.
MSPA Statement: Addressing Racial Trauma or Race-Based Trauma
School Psychologists in Minnesota and our Executive Board at MSPA stand together with our BIPOC communities in outrage and heartbreak at the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing violence and destruction in our communities. We know that our children and families are suffering and we wish to offer support and healing.
In addition, we recognize the need to address racial trauma or race-based trauma affecting many members of our community. If you are facing this or supporting others who are coping with this, you may benefit from resources available. For example, Hardy (2013) recommends several discrete steps for helping youth to cope with racial trauma including:
In addition, resources for supporting children through racial trauma are available on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as you engage in support and services to our communities now and in the coming months. Key features include:
We implore those in positions of privilege to take steps to change the status quo (and we hope you will help us do the same within our program and field). If you are looking for ways to take action, potential resources include: