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Counseling African Americans: An Afrocentric Perspective

February 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies

This webinar is being hosted on Zoom. The link to the Zoom meeting will be included in your order confirmation email from Eventbrite.


This live course offers 2 APA CE credits for Psychologists, 2 BBS California CEU for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers or Marriage and Family Therapists, or 2 NBCC Clock Hour.

About This Event

This presentation will provide insights on counseling African Americans in contemporary society. An historical overview of African American perspectives on counseling will be offered followed by an examination of the philosophical assumptions of Afrocentricity and their role in promoting African American mental health. This will be followed by an examination of important issues that must be considered for culturally competent counseling with African Americans.

The presentation will be highlighted with counseling case studies that focus on mental health challenges facing African American clients. Participants will have the opportunity to explore culture-specific interventions for dealing with the issues presented in the cases.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program participants will be able to:

1. Describe historical markers in the evolution of an African American perspective on counseling.

2. Describe how Afrocentric philosophical tenets influence the mental health and well-being of African Americans.

3. Identify five important issues that must be considered for culturally competent counseling with African Americans.

4. Describe a culture-specific framework for counseling with African Americans


Dr. Courtland Lee has published seven books on multicultural counseling and three books on counseling and social justice. He is also the author of three books on counseling African American males. In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on counseling African Americans. Dr. Lee is the former editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and currently serves on the Council of Consulting Elders for that journal. He is also the former editor of the Journal of African American Men.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.


Asante, M. K. (2017). The philosophy of Afrocentricity. In A. Afolayan & T. Falola (Eds) The Palgrave handbook of African philosophy (pp. 231-244). Macmillan

Hays, K. (2015). Black Churches’ Capacity to Respond to the Mental Health Needs of African Americans. Social Work & Christianity, 42(3).

Hollingsworth, D. W., Cole, A. B., O’Keefe, V. M., Tucker, R. P., Story, C. R., & Wingate, L. R. (2017). Experiencing racial microaggressions influences suicide ideation through perceived burdensomeness in African Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(1), 104.

Trahan Jr, D. P., & Lemberger, M. E. (2014). Critical race theory as a decisional framework for the ethical counseling of African American clients. Counseling and Values, 59(1), 112-124.

Registration and Fees

Chicago School Faculty, Students, and Alumni: Free (Chicago School email required for free registration)

Community Members: $25.00

Potential Students Only (*No CEUs Provided*)

All funds raised through this workshop will benefit The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington DC Campus Counseling Department Scholarship Program.

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.

Continuing Education

Target Audience: Professionals from all mental health disciplines and graduate students from all mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program, and pass a brief comprehension quiz, in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3061. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


February 11, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST


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