The Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast

Podcast 40: Talking to Our Kids about Race and Identity with Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith

March 2, 2022

Talking to Our Kids about Race & Identity

(EP. 40)

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith joins the Mainspring Wellness Podcast to discuss with Kristen & Jenna about how to approach conversations with our kids on the big topic of race and identity. This is an eye-opening episode that sheds light on how kids come into identity and perceive racial differences in this colorful world. Dr. Briscoe-Smith also discusses how the environment of racial tensions in the United States is currently playing into childhood anxiety.


Special Guests:

Allison Briscoe-Smith

Dr. Briscoe-Smith earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.  She then received her clinical psychology Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. She then went on to continue her specialization in trauma and ethnic minority mental health through internship and postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital.  She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care.  Much of her work has been with schools, as a clinician, consultant and trainer.  Currently, she is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Wright Institute where she is a professor. She provides consultation and training to bay area non-profits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.  

Find Dr. Briscoe-Smith at:


Instagram: @allisonbriscoesmith


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