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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

Integrating Faith & Spirituality into Trauma Recovery

“Integrating Faith & Spirituality into Trauma Recovery,” a SAMHSA-sponsored two-part series webinar presented by Mental Health America, will take place Wednesday, June 29, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET (Part One) and Thursday, June 30, from 2-3 p.m. ET (Part Two).

Religion, faith, and spirituality can serve as protective factors against stress, as well as play a significant role in helping people cope with stress when it arises. Spiritual individuals often turn to their beliefs as a primary means of coping with trauma or disaster, particularly for people with serious mental illness. For many trauma survivors, adding a spiritual dimension to their healing and treatment plans – in accordance with their personal beliefs – is associated with increased resiliency and recovery.

In this free, 90-minute webinar, presenters Dr. LaNail Plummer, CEO of Onyx Therapy Group, and Shani Banks, founder of Holistic Muslim Healing, will discuss:

  • What trauma recovery consists of and the value of a faith- or spirituality-based approach.
  • Best practices for inquiring about a trauma survivor’s relationship with spirituality and integrating their beliefs into treatment and healing.
  • Incorporating Islamic faith and spirituality into trauma work with the Black Muslim American population.

Live closed captioning is available for this webinar. Should you need other accommodations or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten at We do not offer CEU credits, however, a letter of attendance will be available to download during the evaluation after the webinar is complete.

Meet the presenters

Dr. LaNail Plummer, CEO, Onyx Therapy Group

As a leading professional in the mental health field, Dr. LaNail R. Plummer is committed to improving the lifestyles of others through the aspects of mental health and character development. A U.S. Military Veteran and the CEO and Clinical Director of Onyx Therapy Group – an organization she founded in 2013 – Dr. Plummer has over 15 years of experience working with a multitude of clients and specializing in the care of young women, the Black community, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Grounded in the values of integrity and awareness, Dr. Plummer believes that emotional, spiritual, and cultural healing is attainable for all.

Shani Banks, founder, Holistic Muslim Healing

Shani Banks is a Black American Muslim, a mental health counselor, and a practitioner of faith-based psychosomatic and expressive arts therapies. Banks is the founder of Holistic Muslim Healing, the only organization dedicated to serving American Muslims through expressive arts therapies and Islamic spirituality. Banks has been recognized for her work with Holistic Muslim Healing by the Association of Creativity in Counseling, the National Board of Certified Counselors, and the Chi Sigma Iota Professional Counseling Society.