Given the goal of Healthy People 2020, to achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups, there is the need for coalition building and strategies for promoting positive mental health outcomes for Black youth. Community, faith and clinic-based organizations and its professionals play a key role in promoting health among various groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, and therefore need to embed cultural and linguistic competencies into their practice for successful care outcome and in addressing health disparities. This workshop will provide a unique learning opportunity for participants on prevention and effective strategies, which promote positive mental health outcomes for Black youth. This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse population.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Family members
  • General community members

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Discuss the critical role that providers, faith community, and others play in promoting positive mental health outcomes for youth of color.         
  2. Describe ways in which Black youth are at a disadvantage in various areas of life including social, legal, and health.      
  3. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of best practices that produce more equitable experiences and outcomes for Black youth.
  4. Identify how to effectively support and involve Black youth in the community health promotion efforts.
  5. Discuss cultural differences in the role and function of parental support for Black youth.
  6. Utilize effective strategies which promote positive mental health outcomes for Black youth.