Healing Racial Stress Workbook for Black Teens
Skills to Help You Manage Emotions, Resist Racism, and Feel Empowered
The Instant Help Social Justice Series
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: Instant Help
168 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 x 0.37 in
- Published: August 2023
Powerful skills to help you heal from racial stress and trauma, resist racism in your day-to-day life, and thrive.
If you’ve experienced or witnessed racism or discrimination, you may feel stressed, angry, sad, or anxious. You may have trouble focusing on school or enjoying time with friends. And you may even have moments when your heart races and you fear something bad will happen. You should know that you are not alone, and what happened to you isn’t your fault. Most importantly, there are tools you can use to work through these difficult emotions, regain your confidence, and move forward from your experience. This workbook can help guide you, step by step.
Written by a team of experts in Black mental health and wellness and grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this workbook offers evidence-based strategies to help you manage emotions in the face of race-based stress due to microaggressions, implicit bias, overt racism, and vicarious racism. You’ll also learn to find strength in your racial and cultural identity, and gain the skills needed to resist racism and thrive.
You’ll gain tools to help you:
- Name and define your experience
- Explore how racial stress can impact your thoughts, feelings, and behavior
- Create a “game plan” for responding to racism
- Apply what you’ve learned out in the world
With this workbook, you’ll see that you are not alone in your experience, and will find stress-relieving strategies you can draw on throughout your lifetime to stay well in body and mind. Finally, you’ll learn tips for navigating discussions about race and experiences of discrimination, so you can be empowered to stand up for what’s right and contribute to an antiracist society.
In these increasingly challenging times, kids and teens need mental health resources more than ever. With more than 1.6 million copies sold worldwide, Instant Help Books are easy to use, proven-effective, and recommended by therapists.
“At a time when Black students continue to deal with implicit and explicit racism inside and outside of schools, this is a much-needed resource that helps them to understand, heal, and act in the face of racial stress and trauma. This invaluable workbook has powerful tools, resources, and strategies for anyone working with Black students who want to see them thrive and experience joy.”
—Tyrone C. Howard, Pritzker Family Endowed Professor in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA ~Tyrone C. Howard
“This practical, uplifting guide provides evidence-based tools and realistic examples to help Black teens understand and cope with racial stress.”
—Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, and coauthor of Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice ~Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP
“Post 2020, the impact of racialized trauma has been made more visible. This is a valuable workbook for all clinicians working with Black adolescents and emerging adults struggling to navigate the psychological impact of racism on themselves and their communities.”
—Frances Y. Adomako, PhD, vice president of the WELLS Healing Center, senior clinician at Radical Healing Collaborative, and APA Minority Fellow ~Frances Y. Adomako, PhD
“I recommend this workbook for teens, teachers, parents, and anyone working with youth from minoritized backgrounds. Rooted in current psychological research, Healing Racial Stress Workbook for Black Teens is a powerful tool for supporting youth in the identification and deployment of cultural, social, and cognitive assets to cope with racism. The authors include relatable examples, accessible language, and concrete strategies to steer youth of color to healthy coping and resilience.”
—Stephanie J. Rowley, PhD, developmental psychologist, and dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia ~Stephanie J. Rowley, PhD
“Grounded in research and theory, Healing Racial Stress Workbook for Black Teens gives adolescents the tools and skills needed to navigate challenging racialized times. The authors reflect the critical need for Black teens to not only understand racism, but also identify its impact while employing strategies of resistance. Activities are intentionally designed for teens to discern race-related stressors, as they build on their strengths and become empowered young people.”
—Brett Johnson Solomon, PhD, associate professor, and chair of the child studies department at Santa Clara University ~Brett Johnson Solomon, PhD
“A refreshingly engaging and evidence-informed resource for young people who have felt confused, angry, or powerless in the face of racial trauma. This workbook equips Black teens to navigate the nuances of managing the stress of racism while drawing closer to cultural pride and wholeness. I’m confident any teen that completes the activities in this workbook will discover the joy of healing and be inspired to make the world better!”
—Isaiah B. Pickens, PhD, CEO of iOpening Enterprises, and former assistant director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSS) ~Isaiah B. Pickens, PhD
“This workbook is an excellent guide for Black youth to learn ways to manage and move through racial stress and trauma. The authors include the perfect combination of information, reflection, and activities to equip Black adolescents with a repertoire of strategies for navigating the complexities of racism in ways that honor themselves in the process. This is an essential resource for Black youth and all who care for them.”
—Sharon Lambert, PhD, professor of clinical-community psychology at The George Washington University ~Sharon Lambert, PhD
“As the aunt of Black teenagers and an educator who has dedicated her career to improving academic outcomes for Black children, I am keenly aware of the stressors adolescents face—bravely, headfirst, and often with little support. Healing Racial Stress Workbook for Black Teens finally provides this support. The resources and activities in this workbook create opportunities for Black adolescents to celebrate their identity, identify help in their communities, and examine the experiences and feelings they have yet to be able to name, though they feel their impact. This is a powerful workbook every Black adolescent should have access to.”
—Miah Daughtery, EdD, vice president of Content Advocacy-Literacy at NWEA, Chair of 826DC Board of Directors, and past middle school and high school English teacher ~Miah Daughtery, EdD