Category: Ethnic / Cultural Diversity

Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop 11 - Cultural Competence Matters: Clinical Adaptations to Effectively Address Race-Based Stress in Black Clients

Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Aqua 300 A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: African Americans | Cross Cultural / Cultural Differences
Presentation Type: Mini Workshop
Level of Familiarity: All

Recent events in the U.S. have begun to draw attention to the historical and current incidents of racism affecting the Black community. The impact of perceived racism and racial discrimination on Black individuals has been widely documented in a vast body of interdisciplinary literature, which note the physical, emotional, and economic effects of racism including numerous symptoms associated with trauma. It is imperative, then, for mental health practitioners to recognize the historical and ongoing experiences of racism for Black Americans and its impact on mental health. Culturally appropriate assessment and adaptations to evidence-based treatments is essential for the delivery and efficacy of care to minority populations. This presentation will focus on the effects of racism on mental health, group differences in the presentation of symptoms with specific focus on reducing misdiagnosis of African Americans by practitioners, and culturally appropriate treatment considerations will be highlighted that can be integrated into evidence-based practice.

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Monica Johnson

Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Health Consultant
Cherokee Health Systems

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Michelle Melton

Clinical Psychologist
US Department of Veteran Affairs, Phoenix

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