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African American/Black Male Trauma 101 – 6 NBCC Clock Hours


Culturally Relevant Frameworks for Understanding the Impact of Trauma Experienced by African American Males

Course Details:

Date: April 6, 2018

Venue: Multnomah County Boardroom—1st floor; 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, check-in from 8 AM – 9 AM, 1 hour break for lunch 12-1 PM, Continental breakfast provided

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Course Description

Healthy Minds Group, LLC has been approved by the National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6922. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Healthy Minds Group, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

African American/Black Male Trauma 101: Culturally relevant frameworks for understanding the impact of trauma experienced by African American males

Training Components

Understanding trauma through an Africana Paradigm

Understanding race-based schemas and connection to trauma

Understanding the neurobiological impact when engaging issues of race and oppression

The historic and current trauma experienced by African American/Black Males

An Ecological system approach to trauma and the connection with systems of oppression affecting African American/Black males

Culturally relevant healing techniques that incorporate “Trauma Informed” interventions

Learning Objectives:

Participants will increase their knowledge about Africana Paradigm and its utility in contextualizing the experience of African American/Black males

Participants will develop three skills using a cultural framework to address the psychological impact of trauma

Participants will be able to identify unconscious cultural responses to trauma

Participants will increase their knowledge around the historic and current impact of systems of oppression and how it adds to trauma

Participants will improve culturally specific skills to manage symptoms of trauma.

Participants will develop skills to facilitate a healthy African American/Black Identity leading to a positive self-esteem/self-worth

Participants will develop skills in the aiding African American/Black males in their healing


Group Activities

1. Grounding

2. I See you

Content Developer and Speaker:

Andre Pruitt, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Empowerment Theory, and has been providing direct services for the past 16 years. He specializes in trauma in his private practice. Andre is currently a doctoral student focusing on how African Americans make meaning out of memory loss. Andre is also a research scientist regarding healthy aging African American community and the effects of Alzheimer’s, memory loss and dementia. Andre has provided diversity consultation and training for more than two decades. In Seattle and Portland, Andre has been a strong advocate for equitable health care for people living with HIV/AIDS focusing on ethnic communities, woman, gay and bisexual men.  

Our cancellation policy

We reserve the right to cancel a Continuing Education Course and refund all fees in the event of insufficient registration. Participants who cancel their registration will receive a 90% refund when notice is given at least 7 days prior to the course date.

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