ODW Soulfulness As an Embodied and Experiential Approach to Racial-Cultural Trauma with Shelly Harrell

ODW Soulfulness As an Embodied and Experiential Approach to Racial-Cultural Trauma with Shelly Harrell



This is a 2-hour On-Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available shortly after registration, and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for one (1) full year.

This webinar was broadcast live on October 21, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference.

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This workshop will present “soulfulness” as an approach to racial-cultural collective trauma. This approach centers contact with our deep, interconnected, and embodied inner aliveness as a healing resource. It has specific application for resilience and liberation in the context of oppression through its attention to the dynamics of disconnection. The dynamics of disconnection are at the core of understanding the harm done by racial-cultural trauma. These dynamics include dehumanization, destruction, delusion, and disempowerment.

The principles and domains of the SOUL-centered (Soulfulness-Oriented, Unitive, Liberatory) practice framework will be presented in this workshop. The soulfulness approach is an integrative approach to enhance and optimize your overall well-being through practices that touch and express soul with particular inspiration by the culture, wisdom, and spirituality of Africa and the African diaspora. Emphasis is placed on expressions of reconnection and interconnectedness. Healing principles relevant to our shared humanity and human suffering are embedded in the soulfulness approach. They can be applied to working with collective trauma more broadly.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  • Describe the key characteristics of the soulfulness approach
  • Identify and define at least three dynamics of disconnection involved in racial-cultural collective trauma
  • Explain how a soulfulness approach can contribute to healing racial-cultural collective trauma


Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Conceptualizing soulfulness, racial-cultural collective trauma, oppression, liberation, and the dynamics of oppression.
  • Overview of the SOUL-Centered Practice (SCP) framework
2nd hour
  • Personal, community, and clinical applications of the SCP for racial-cultural collective trauma

CE Information

This training offers 2 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On-Demand/Recorded Version Webinars

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian & International Participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about CE credits, visit Continuing Education for Canadian and International Participants

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?

– Intermediate/Advanced