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Helping People Heal: Resiliency in Communities of Color (2 CE)

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Panelists: Helen Hsu, PsyD, Monique Swift, PsyD, , LPC, LMHC, Aileen Torres, PhD, Sudha Wadhwani, PsyD
Moderators: Phyllis Bolling, PhD and Susan Herschman, PsyD

Program Narrative:

The COVID-19 pandemic and the concomitant issues related to racial discrimination and injustice {sometimes referred to as the ‘double pandemic'} has impacted most of the US population and exposed deep vulnerabilities in many systems and institutions; such as our fragmented healthcare system and our extreme income and racial inequalities. This double pandemic, and overall trauma associated oppression and communities of color, often impacts people of color more significantly with racism and COVID-19 representing a pandemic on a pandemic for BIPOC populations. While communities of color may be at risk for psychological distress and mental health difficulties, resiliency, healing, and overcoming the potential for negative consequences are evident in many BIPOC individuals who are coping with these experiences. APA defines resiliency as ‘the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.’ Resilience is often traditionally conceptualized through a focus on individual or personal qualities or traits, and fails to consider protective factors that may relate to culture, the role of the family, community, and other aspects of culture, such as strong affiliation with racial/ethnic identity or spiritual or religious beliefs that are important in developing and building resilience and fostering health and healing.

This workshop will explore culture, resilience, and various approaches to helping, such as racial socialization and healing circles, that consider the role of race, culture, and community in healing and resiliency. Participants will be provided examples of interventions that go beyond conventional approaches to helping and healing that foster resilience and address Black/African American, Latinx, and Asian populations and college students of color.

Level of Learning: Intermediate: some basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

Program Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to define the role of culture/race/ethnicity in resilience

2. Participants will be able to apply culture-based concepts to work with communities of color to enhance resilience

3. Participants will be able to describe culturally-relevant strategies and interventions for working with clients and communities of colors that go beyond the traditional individual approach to treatment and helping

Identification of Target Audience: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Graduate Students

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