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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/Black Males

Course Details:

Date: April 6, 2018

Venue: Concordia University Columbia River Campus–11703 NE Glenn Widing Dr, Portland, OR 97220

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, check-in from 8:30 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/Black Males

Training Components

  • Understanding trauma through an Africana Paradigm
  • Understanding race-based schemas and the connection to trauma
  • Understanding the neurobiological impact when engaging issues of race and oppression
  • An Ecological System approach to both the historic and current trauma experienced by African American/Black males
  • Culturally relevant healing components 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 the skill(s) to create positive race-based schemas to heal from trauma
  • Participants will develop three skills to change the neurobiological impact from racism and oppression.
    • Develop different neuropathways using affirming pictures (illustrations)
    • Alter negative images of African American/Black males through the use of a music video
    • Learn Self-reflective techniques to address internalized racism
  • Participants will increase their knowledge around the historical and current impact of systems of oppression and how it adds to trauma

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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