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The 8:46 Series. Hosted by the YMCA and the NCCJ.

A Candid Conversation: Our Collective Responsibility on Healing Racial Trauma

The 8:46 Series

May 19 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Gigi Hamilton and Dr. Cori' Corinna Costella will talk about when traumatization is due to experiences of racism it is sometimes called racial trauma and results from experiences of racism such as workplace discrimination or hate crimes. It can also be the result of an accumulation of many small occurrences, e.g., microaggressions. In this seminar, we’ll focus on identifying and acknowledging the trauma and focus on ways of strengthening our collective abilities to embrace and promote healing. 

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Presenter Biography


As a solution-focused psychotherapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential so that you can lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, together we can work to help you better understand and resolve problem areas in your life. I am committed to your healing; committed to creating new possibilities for today and your future; committed to rekindling your zest for life, and assisting you in creating a life you will absolutely love.

As the Founder of Personal Enrichment Counseling & Consulting Services, PLLC, Dr. Hamilton has spent over 25 years of her career working to develop relationships for individuals, couples, military personnel, professional athletes, and business executives to help them reach their greatest potential.  She has proudly held the position as the President of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of North Carolina. She has authored several wellness books to include Let the Marriage Begin, The Marriage Blueprint, and My Comfort Tree to name a few. Dr. Hamilton is often sought after to speak on motivational, organizational, and wellness topics within the United States.  Dr. Hamilton was recognized as Who’s Who in Black Charlotte in 2019. She was awarded the Jane E. Myers Wellness Counseling Award from the North Carolina Counselor Association for 2019/2020 for encouraging clients to increase their holistic wellness through creative counseling practices and implementing research and creative programs that incorporate evidence-based wellness practice models.



Cori’ Corinna Costello Ph.D., LPCS, LCPC, ATR-BC has been a licensed counselor and registered/board-certified art therapist for 25 years! She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2015 and earned her Master of Art in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. Corinna is the Director of Student Support and Core faculty for [email protected] University.  Her current research focuses on training master’s level counselors and various strength-based approaches to building resiliency levels. Please check out her new Creative Mindfulness Book and Workbook for Professionals Creative Mindfulness Techniques for Clinical Trauma Work and the accompanying Healing from Clinical Trauma Using Creative Mindfulness Techniques Workbook.


For more information about 8:46 Series and/or to receive emails about the programming, please email Karen Jeffries at [email protected].

Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make this series possible!

Change Agent Sponsors: Liberty Hardware, SJ Edwards Foundation, UnitedHealthcare

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Empowering Sponsors: American National Bank & Trust, BB&T (now Truist), Cone Health Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, First Bank, Kontoor Brands, Triad Adult & Pediatric Medicine, Weaver Foundation, Women's Professional Forum Foundation


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