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Working with Clients of Color: Barriers to Mental Health Care
Recorded on October 27, 2022
On Demand Education
Free
1.75 CE Hours
Cultural Competency, General
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Description

Despite progress in recent years regarding discrimination, racism continues to impact the mental health of Black and African American populations. According to Mental Health America National, Black and African American adults are more likely to experience sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than white adults. Additionally, Black and African American teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than their white counterparts. In this presentation, you will learn the following:

 

  • Concerns for Blacks and African Americans experiencing mental health issues.
  • Signs & Symptoms specific to Blacks and African Americans when it comes to mental health concerns.
  • Cultural Considerations for Blacks and African American families when seeking mental health support.
  • Statistics on mental health concerns for the Black and African American population.
  • Tools & Recommendations.
  • Resources to share.
Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3-4 concerns in the Black and African American community around mental health issues
  2. Identify 3 signs & 3 symptoms specific to Black and African American clients when it comes to mental health concerns
  3. Learn 1 new theoretical approach when working with Black and African American clients seeking mental health support
  4. Cite 5 statistics on mental health concerns for the Black and African American population
  5. Describe 3 research-driven treatment plan tools to support Black and African American clients
CE Details
Introductory
Cultural Competency
General

TPN.health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7267. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. TPN.health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, 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-0220.

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

TPN.health, #1766, 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. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, 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-0654.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, 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-0097.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and TPN.Health. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 

Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and TPN.Health. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 2 ANCC contact hours.

TPN.health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by Aetna Better Health Louisiana. There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
Leslie Holley

Leslie Holley is a Nationally Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPC, NCC (MD, DC, VA, MO) who earned her Masters in Community Counseling from DePaul University, where she also taught masters level clinical counseling courses as an adjunct professor. She is the owner of Healing-Circle, LLC, a private counseling practice in downtown Silver Spring, MD. Healing-Circle’s team provides psychotherapy and coaching interventions and strives to provide affordable counseling services for black and brown communities.

Her team is a community of relatable black women who hold space for trauma and are responsive. Healing Circle reminds its clients that therapy is where they choose themselves. They hold their clients accountable and highlight the importance of self-care. Healing-Circle recognizes the threat of systematic racism in our world and how it impacts people of color. At Healing Circle, you are seen. They offer a sliding scale and promote wellness in all aspects.

Leslie Holley also provides mental health presentations throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). She has been working with organizations in the community for over 10 years, giving presentations on mental health topics, providing thoughtful mental health content, organizing and leading groups, and developing care plans. Some of her clients include Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, Evan Smith Funeral Services, the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA), Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the Maryland Counseling Association Multicultural Division (MAMCD), to name a few. Some of her many presentations include How to Deal With Prolonged Grief, Conquering Cumulative Stress, Depression & COVID-19, Effectively Working with Coworkers, Mental Health Awareness, Managing Change, therapy 101, how to start a private practice (3 part series), trauma in children and adolescents, how to manage a crisis, conflict resolution, bullying in the workplace, assertive training, and thriving in a multigenerational workforce.

She has given presentations to groups as small as 5 attendees up to 400 attendees at a time and has facilitated organizational mental health groups to fit an array of needs. As former President of the Maryland Counseling Association Multicultural Division and Secretary for the Maryland Counseling Association, Leslie is reliable and qualified to work collaboratively, prepare timely presentations and care plans, and engage authentically with her audience.

Leslie offers counseling for adults working through anxiety, depression, codependency, life transitions, and relationship building in her counseling practice. Leslie helps clients establish boundaries and practice healthy communication strategies through their mental health journey. She specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), working with Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), has been extensively trained in trauma and is Reiki I Certified. Moreover, she completed her
Master’s thesis, with distinction, on the help-seeking behaviors of African American men. Leslie annually offers an African American (AA) Women Support Group and adolescents of color group. Topics for AA women include post-baby issues, divorce support, and building healthy relationships. Lastly, during group work with adolescents, she focuses on empowering and strengthening their self-esteem.

Leslie has shared her mental health knowledge on Chicago WGN Radio and the online radio show, Let’s Stay Together, during their monthly mental health segment. She has been a contributing writer for about.com and UrbanBalance.com, covering her work with couples in counseling, anxiety coping tools, and understanding depression. In her downtime, Leslie enjoys hot yoga, film, and spending time with her two sons, Quinton and Malcolm.

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