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Applying the Wellness Trinity in Communities of Color

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Program Offers 2.5 APA CE for Psychologists and 2.5 BBS CEU for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers

*Please note, once this course is completed an APA Certificate will be automatically generated. If you require a BBS California CEU Certificate it may take up to two weeks to receive via email.*

Presented by Soneakqua J. White, M.A. LPC and Kelley Haynes-Mendez, PsyD

The Wellness Trinity discussed in this course refers to the balance of the mind, body and spirit and how to maintain it when societal norms are not your reality. Because of the current climate of racial tensions around equity, equality, and injustices as it pertains to people of color living in America, there is a need for mental health professionals to become more culturally aware. This course is designed to highlight covert struggles that may be overlooked or underrealized in communities of color.

Take a look at life balance from a perspective other than your own because what you view as “normal” may not be to your clients or counterparts. You may not achieve cultural competency, but you can express cultural humility when you acknowledge the differences. Although there have been advances, mental health, physical health and religion continue to present as barriers to balance in communities of color.  Understand these issues and close the gap in the disparity.  

Professional Bio of Soneakqua White, MA, LPC-S is the owner and primary counselor of At the Table Counseling, PLLC. She is a co-founder of the Kelson Institute.

Soneakqua J. White, M.A., LPC has been in the mental health field for the past fourteen years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family and Consumer Sciences from Baylor University in 1998. She completed a Master of Arts in Counseling from Amberton University in 2002.  Her credential as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) was granted by the Texas State Board of Examiners in January 2006.  She received the certification to supervise counseling interns in 2008. Soneakqua opened At the Table Counseling as a part time psychotherapeutic private practice in April 2009 and successfully transitioned into the practice full time in April 2011. Soneakqua created a copyrighted basic skills program that she consistently runs in her private practice with her clients.

Professional Bio of Kelley Haynes-Mendez, PsyD is a faculty member at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a co-founder of the Kelson Institute.

Kelley Haynes-Mendez, PsyD is co-founder of the Kelson Institute. Dr. Haynes-Mendez has been in practice as a provider of psychological services and a professor of psychology for 20 years. Her specialties include the provision of culturally affirming psychotherapy as well as the teaching of psychology through a lens of diversity and inclusion. Her professional interests also include the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as global citizenship education. Dr. Haynes-Mendez completed a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She is currently licensed as a psychologist through the Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1) Identify and list 3 barriers to life balance in current clients or potential clients from communities of color.

2) Demonstrate cultural humility in assessing and treatment planning with people of color.

3) Describe how normative data negatively affects people of color.

Registration and Fees:

General Admission: $60.00 USD


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