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Understanding Black Clients in Mental Health Care
April 15 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Are you a clinician/professional who works with Black individuals?
Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) is a volunteer, non-profit, organization with the mission to meet the mental health needs of the diverse Black communities in Canada.
To facilitate access to affordable, culturally safe and affirming mental health services to the Black community through education, advocacy, and provision of resources.
To bring awareness that Mental Health issues are a real and significant problem within the Black community and respond by promoting culturally empowering and equitable services.
About this event:
Understanding Black Clients in Mental Health Care, the workshop will equip mental health practitioners and service providers to support clients from a culturally and Africentric perspective.
Mental Health clinicians have been trained to provide service utilizing a Eurocentric framework in service planning and delivery, which have not always proved effective for clients of African descent.
Emerging literature have indicated that there are crucial benefits to incorporating an Africentric framework in service provision when working with clients of African descent; as instilling African values in interventions increases protective factors and build resilience to support recovery.
This workshop will delineate central differences between Africentric and Eurocentric treatment approaches and provide tangible strategies on how to integrate Africentric approaches in their work with clients of African descent.
What to Expect.
This event seeks to orient, educate, and train clinicians and Allied Health professionals on servicing clients of African descent by incorporating an Africentric perspective in their practice. We wish to increase understanding of race based trauma among racialized clients and teach clinicians and allied staff to provide services from an Africentric and asset focused perspective.
- Build knowledge base of Africentric framework in clinical practice
- Build awareness of the implications of Africentric modality in service provision
- Build capacity to translate framework in clinical practice
- Build knowledge base of race based trauma;
- Facilitate better understanding of the implications for clinical practice;
- Deliver a racism recovery plan on Black mental health wellness from an Afrocentric perspective.