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Racism as a Mental Health Challenge: An Antiracist Counseling Perspective

October 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies

Racism as a Mental Health Challenge: An Antiracist Counseling Perspective

Friday October 2, 2020

1:00pm-3:00pm ET

Event held online via Zoom Link, link to access provided upon registrationThis program, when attended in its entirety, offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists and 2 BBS California CEUs for LMFTs, LPCC’s and LCSW’s.

Workshop Description:

This program explores racism as a mental health issue. Given the historical and contemporary impact of racism on the mental health of both People of Color and Whites, it is important for mental health professionals to address important issues associated with this challenge in their clinical work. In this workshop the historical roots of racist ideas in America and how they have been broadly expressed in the field of mental health will be explored first. Next, the impact of racism on mental health will be considered from the perspectives of both People of Color and Whites. Finally, an anti-racist perspective on counseling both victims and perpetrators of racism will be presented.There will be a Q&A session at the end of the program where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A PowerPoint will be shared with participants outlining anti-racist counseling frameworks.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the program participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of racism and racist ideology.

2. Delineate and discuss racism as a mental health issue.

3. Assess how racism contributes to trauma for both victims and perpetrators of racism.

4. Identify culturally competent counseling interventions for people impacted by racism.

Professional Bio of Presenter:

Courtland Lee is the author, editor, or co-editor of 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 across cultures. Dr. Lee is a Past-President of the International Association for Counselling. He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the only American to receive this honor. Dr. Lee is also a Fellow and Past President of the American Counseling Association. He 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 served on the editorial board of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling and was a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling and Development.

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 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.


Alvarez, A. N., Liang, C. T., & Neville, H. A. (2016). The cost of racism for people of color: Contextualizing experiences of discrimination. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Feagin, J. (2013). Systemic racism: A theory of oppression. New York, NY: Routledge.Hardy, K. V. (2013). Healing the hidden wounds of racial trauma. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 22 n1, 24-28.

Helms, J. E., Nicolas, G., & Green, C. E. (2010). Racism and ethnoviolence as trauma: Enhancing professional training. Traumatology, 16(4), 53-62.

Kendi, I. X. (2016). Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America. NY: Nation Books

Kirkinis, K., Pieterse, A. L., Martin, C., Agiliga, A., & Brownell, A. (2018). Racism, racial discrimination, and trauma: a systematic review of the social science literature. Ethnicity & Health, 1-21.

Wallis, J. (2016). America’s original sin: Racism, White privilege, and the bridge to a new America. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press.

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. In order to receive CE credit for this program, participants must participate in the live webinar session.