Vicki is the Founder of Encouragers Counseling & Training Centers, Inc.(ECTC). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has over 25 years experience working as an advocate for victims of crime including: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, adolescent conduct disorders, and working with the criminally insane. She has been a courtroom professional expert on the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for victims of rape, and currently works with Veterans, Victims of Crime, Military, and First Responders with PTSD.
Recent events have created elevated feelings of frustration, fear, and uncertainty. ECTC follows the suggestions offered by the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, (https://www.camft.org/Membership/About-Us/Press-Release/california-therapists-disavow-racial-injustice):
"CAMFT encourages members and all mental health professionals to be both culturally competent and culturally responsive and to consider the impact of these prejudicial incidents on ethnic minority clients. As a best practice, mental health professionals should directly address racial trauma in the clinical hour. “When a clinician opens conversations about race, socialized injustice, and violence, it provides opportunities to validate the experiences and feelings of clients of color, where they can process their grief and trauma.” says Katie Vernoy, LMFT, President of CAMFT. CAMFT wants to empower therapists and clients to talk openly about the profound mental health consequences that racial traumas may have on people within historically oppressed populations."