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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

2021-07-08 @ 9:00 am 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 systemic institutions. However, here in Canada we tend to feel uncomfortable discussing racism, let alone anti-Black racism. Black mental health challenges are on the rise and we need to be committed to acknowledging and challenging racial disparities in mental health organizations. 

Clinicians will be able to unpack anti-Black racism and understand the lived experiences of the Black diaspora, understand systemic barriers and oppression (white supremacy), identify and challenge their own biases and stereotypes, and communicate with Black clients in order to build trust. 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify oppressive systems (white supremacy and racial discrimination) in the workplace
  • Understand and challenge their implicit bias pertaining to anti-Black racism
  • Identify anti-Black racism in mental health
  • Develop strategies to support their Black colleagues who experience racism by clients and other staff members