Date Completed

Winter 3-3-2022

Document Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Systemic racism continues to be prevalent in our society today, especially with the exponential rate of Asian Americans experiencing racial discrimination and microaggressions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since post COVID-19, members of the Asians and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community are more susceptible to experience violence, such as serious physical injuries or death. Misinformation from political leaders are a contributing factor for the anti-Asian hate crimes and violence post COVID-19. This problem is extensive where members of the AAPI community are now concerned for their own overall safety and physical well-being. A workshop will incorporate an overview of race-based trauma, its implication for clinical practice, and an introduction of two therapeutic strategies: microinterventions and compassion meditation. Due to this global health crisis, it is imperative to implement culturally responsive treatment to promote inclusivity, diversity, and equity in mental health agencies. After attending this workshop, social workers will be able to identify race-based trauma among clients and how to provide resources and treatment recommendations as needed.