While many mental health professionals are now more aware of racial disparities in mental health, the field is predominantly White and there is a gap in understanding and subsequently, action. This interactive workshop will focus on increasing awareness of racism within mental health, building skills for managing emotions on race, and intentional action for racial equity and justice. This workshop seeks to guide participants on a journey of exploring their own mental health practice. Further, there will be space to reflect and discuss race and equity in the context of mental health services. The overarching goal is to move towards anti-racist practice.
a). Describe racial disparities in mental health
b). Describe ways to manage their emotions in difficult conversations about race
c). Evaluate their own practice, with particular attention to their knowledge, skills, and actions for racial equity
d). Identify at least two intentional actions to move towards using a racially sensitive approach to their work.
The target audience for this event includes addictions specialists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Amittia Parker, LMSW, MPA
Material Author(s): Amittia Parker, LMSW, MPA
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