December 22, 2020

601 - Mental Health and the Black Community

A Conversation for the Psychotherapy Field

Therapists play a crucial role in today’s push for racial justice and healing racial trauma. As Taraji P. Henson writes, “African Americans are taught to stay silent in the face of pain and trauma. They’re misdiagnosed and undertreated more than any other population in the country. But it doesn’t have to be that way.” This discussion will explore how the mental health field can become more culturally competent, better address issues of race and racism, and work to promote healing within the therapy room as well as in schools, communities, professional trainings, and the wider social context. Join the conversation with a panel of well-known experts and activists working to raise mental health awareness. You’ll discover ideas concerning:

  • The importance of engendering self-compassion and self-care for Black and Brown bodies and minds
  • What kinds of conversations and practices promote healing and strength for people of color amid exposure to daily macro- and microaggressions, mass incarceration, and police violence
  • How culturally competent therapists can address race-based stress and cultural trauma
  • The emotional health support needed in urban schools to address ACEs, the rising rate of suicide among Black youth, and the stigma too often attached to Black students


  • Taraji P. Henson, Golden Globe-award winner, mental health advocate, and founder of the Boris L Henson Foundation.
  • Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, Somatic Experiencing trainer, trauma specialist, and author of My Grandmother’s Hands and the upcoming Our Grandchildren’s Souls.
  • Daphne Fuller, LCMHC, clinical therapist and founder of Black Minds in Meditation.
  • Ken Hardy, PhD, author, president of the Eikenberg Academy for Social Justice and Eikenberg Institute for Relationships, contributor on Oprah, Dateline NBC, and 20/20.
  • Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C, community healer, national speaker, and advocate for racial equity in mental health care.


  • Deran Young, LCSW, founder of Black Therapists Rock and trainer with Brené Brown and the IFS Institute.

Note: This workshop is live. It also fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.


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