Why you'll love this course

In our country, issues such as the Black Lives Matter Movement are striking and polarizing. Many of us are not personally involved with these potent cultural politics. However, all of us, as mental health providers, encounter racial dynamics as a daily part of our job. The most effective and sought after clinicians have the proficiency to effectively work with people of many different backgrounds. This skill set, Culturally Responsive Counseling, is both measurable and attainable.

Whether your practice consists primarily of African American clients, or the occasional person of color, Culturally Responsive Counseling will improve your client outcomes and provide you with greater competence and satisfaction as a clinician. 

Course description

This intermediate-level workshop combines clinical research, social policy and historical frameworks to improve clinicians’ ability to effectively and competently provide mental health services to African American clients. This training helps clinicians to better understand and negotiate the complex social, economic and political dynamics that impact African Americans and their mental health needs. Participants will learn concrete tools for providing culturally responsive mental health services to African American clients.

1.5 hours CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three current socio-economic and political factors that influence clinical work with African Americans

  • Define African American Mental Health

  • Identify at least three mental health disparities impacting the African American community

  • Identify at least three culturally appropriate strategies for effectively working with African American clients

Course outline

1. Ethically Approaching Psychotherapy with African Americans
2. Defining the African American Community
a. Diversity in the African American Community
b. Socio-economic and Political Realities for African Americans
c. Intersectionality
3. Conceptualizing African American Mental Health and Well-Being
4. Mental Health Disparities and the African American Community
a. Culturally Responsive Assessment
5. Differential Presentation of Symptoms and Diagnoses For African Americans
6. Culturally Responsive Counseling with African American Clients
7. Instructor Q&A interview

References

Instructor

Shawan Worsley, PhD, LMFT, LPCC

Shawan Worsley is a California-licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor specializing in providing culturally-responsive counseling to clients with diverse identities. She earned her PhD in American Culture, specializing in 20th Century African American Literature, History, and Identity Formation. She serves as Adjunct Professor for Pacific Oaks College and as a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Additional information

Format and Length:

Recorded video (non-interactive) format; Total running time 94 minutes

Topic Area:

Social and Cultural Competence

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level competence in providing clinical services across diverse populations.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. 

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: October 8, 2020

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Contact Information:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credits in the Social and Cultural Competence topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582. 

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0206.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.


This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.