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Anti-Black racism: What mental health workers need to know in order to work with the Black community in clinical/organizational practice

August 10 @ 9:00 am August 11 @ 12:00 pm

Anti-Black racism has been given a lot of attention in the media and has sparked a movement to eradicate racial disparities within our systemic structures. However, here in Canada we tend to feel uncomfortable discussing racism, let alone anti-Blackness. Black mental health challenges are on the rise, and we need to be committed to acknowledging and challenging racial disparities in mental health practice. Participants will understand the lived experiences of the Black diaspora, learn about systems of oppression, and have practical knowledge on incorporating a culturally appropriate lens into their clinical/organizational practice. Through interactive exercises and videos, participants will be challenged to confront their own prejudice and stereotypes in a safe space, while confronting their implicit biases and fear in order to effectively work with the Black community in mental health care. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the foundation of Canada’s role in racial discrimination and oppression of the Black community 
  • Identify and unpack how White supremacy creates oppressive systems such as disparities in mental health treatment 
  • Challenge and unpack your implicit bias and implicit racial bias in order to cause less harm when providing services to the Black community  
  • Learn how to apply and use Multicultural and Social Justice Counselling Competencies within organizational and clinical practice to create a culturally adaptive approach
  • Develop policies and procedures to support Black clients and Black staff from racism and discrimination