Although those in the black community are 20 percent likelier than the general population to suffer from serious mental health problems, there’s been little attention devoted to helping therapists understand the unique challenges black women face. A history of institutionalized racism and stigma have left many African American women deeply distrustful of our mental health systems. This workshop will focus on what therapists need to know about the range of roles black women play in their families and communities, the messages they receive about their bodies, and the discrimination they encounter in the world. You’ll discover:
- The distinctive stressors black women face, and the most effective ways to address the physical and psychological toll they take
- The use of embodiment, authentic use of self, and integrative assessment tools that celebrate black culture and destigmatize mental health issues
- Grassroots approaches to inspire self-determination and collective healing among African American women
Note: Fulfills many state board requirements for cultural competency.
Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C, a liberation-focused community healer, trainer, and consultant, is the founder and executive director of Kindred Wellness, LLC and Kindred Community Healing. She’s the author of Return to Presence.