SUN-001: The Black Secret: Using Narrative Inquiring to Assess & Treat Suicidality in Black Children and Adolescents
Althea T. Simpson, LCSW, RPT-S™
Contact CE Hours: 3
CE Classification: Skills & Methods; Cultural & Social Diversity; Special Populations
This individual session includes session admission, session handouts & materials, and snacks & beverages.
Acknowledging the stigma associated with seeking mental health support within the Black community, this session will shed light on the “Black Secret” that many children and adolescents carry that contributes to suicidal thoughts and concealing feelings out of fear of being labeled as weak or ashamed. Addressing the critical issue of suicidality among Black children and adolescents, this session will employ a culturally sensitive lens and the transformative power of play therapy. Rooted in the cultural significance of ancestors who endured major adversities, we will explore how their resilience can inform our approach to supporting this generation. Suicidality assessment and treatment in the Black community requires culturally responsive approaches considering individuals’ unique experiences and strengths within this diverse group. Play therapy and expressive interventions can be powerful tools for helping children and adolescents navigate their mental health challenges while honoring their cultural identities. Narrative inquiry is a powerful approach in play therapy that allows Black children and adolescents at risk of suicidality to explore their experiences, thoughts, and emotions through storytelling and creativity. Throughout the session, participants will engage in hands-on activities, group discussions, and case studies that demonstrate the power of play therapy in preventing suicidality. We will also present alarming statistics that highlight the pressing need for this crucial intervention. It’s vitally important to approach the topic of suicidality in the Black community with cultural sensitivity, empathy, and a deep understanding of the community’s unique experiences and needs.
After attending this session, participants will be able to…
- Explain the importance of culturally sensitive language in play therapy assessment and treatment of suicidality with Black children and adolescents.
- Identify signs and risk factors for suicidality in Black children and adolescents using a play therapy lens.
- Describe the cultural nuances and variations in how suicidality warning signs may manifest in Black children and adolescents.
- Demonstrate at least two expressive therapy techniques to integrate into play therapy with Black children and adolescents to externalize their thoughts and emotions through storytelling.
*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.