Talking about the Trayvon Martin Case in Psychology and Counseling Training and Psychotheraphy


  • Sannisha K. Dale Boston University
  • Jessica Henderson Daniel Children's Hospital Boston



Trayvon Martin, Psychology and counseling training, Psychotheraphy, Racial profiling, Racism


The Trayvon Martin tragedy (the shooting of a Black male adolescent in a Florida gated community) was covered frequently by media outlets for a few months before the level of coverage gradually became only periodic updates on the status of the case and court proceedings. In response to the coverage, the listserv of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) became a site for sharing information about the case, resources, comments and recommendations. Inspired by one of the comments regarding the importance of taking action in the form of conversations and dialogues in counseling and psychology training settings and psychotherapy, this article (1) reviews guidelines such as the APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists, (2) notes applicable literature on the importance of promoting discussions about multicultural issues in training settings and psychotherapy, (3) describes examples of discussions held in training settings following the tragedy, and (4) lists several recommendations for facilitating conversations about the tragedy.




How to Cite

Dale, S. K., & Henderson Daniel, J. (2013). Talking about the Trayvon Martin Case in Psychology and Counseling Training and Psychotheraphy. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 5(1), 37–49.