FRI-001 Keynote: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence: A Framework for Effective Mental Health Treatment in Black Communities
Althea T. Simpson, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S™
Contact CE Hours: 1
CE Classification: Skills & Methods; Cultural & Social Diversity
This individual session includes session admission, symposium handouts & materials, and snacks & beverages.
Being knowledgeable of the historical context of the profound and enduring effects of historical trauma and systemic racism on Black mental health is essential for providing empathetic and effective care. Acknowledging and addressing the role of various types of traumas in the Black community and their impact on individuals and families is crucial for fostering healing. In this session, we will engage in a discussion about the essential topic of using cultural humility and empathy when providing mental health treatment, including play therapy, to Black individuals and families. The goal of this keynote is to equip mental health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to move beyond mere cultural competence and deliver effective mental health care, including play therapy, that is genuinely responsive to the needs of Black individuals and families. Throughout the keynote, emphasis will be placed on the importance of an ongoing journey of self-awareness, reflection, and learning for mental health professionals. There is an experiential learning component to this keynote.
After attending this session, participants will be able to…
- Recognize the limitations of cultural competence and the need for a more humble and empathetic approach when providing play therapy treatment for Black communities.
- Use self-reflection and self-awareness to assess personal cultural humility and identify areas for growth in providing mental health care to Black communities.
- Integrate play therapy as a culturally responsive tool in their mental health practice with Black individuals and families.
*CE Credit for mental health professionals only.
**If you require any specific accommodations to access or participate in any aspect of this symposium, please get in touch with our event organizers no later than July 1, 2024 at firstname.lastname@example.org.