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Women of Color and the Superwoman Syndrome

February 12, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST

Presented by the Office of Continuing Education

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 1.5 APA CE credits for Psychologists, 1.5 BBS California CEUs for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers or Marriage and Family Therapists, or 1.5 NBCC Clock Hours.

About This Event

To be effective, we in the mental health field have the responsibility to gain further knowledge on how the Superwoman Syndrome effects Women of Color mentally and physically. Even though change is occurring, in academia and the work environment, women of color tend to neglect themselves while seeking to “do it all” to perfection and stretching herself too thin. Often those going through the rise of academia, business and government show signs of stress, anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, self-doubt, struggles with self-esteem, and broken relationships.

In this presentation, Dr. Moore Reynolds, Cassandra T. Spann, and Breanna J. Coleman will assist mental health providers in determining the best practices to provide continued support to clients who are Women of Color going through the process of rising through academia, business, and government, while also discussing how counselors can further assist in the fight for academic and workplace equality.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Identify clients that are struggling with a “Superwoman Syndrome” in their academic and work environments.

2. Identify your role as a counselor. Is your role to help clients change internally (within themselves) or externally (within their corporate or government world).

3. Identify your role in advocating for your clients and the community.


Dr. Shauna Moore Reynolds, Ed.D., LCPC-S, NCC, ACS is an Assistant Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Department of Clinical Mental Health. Dr. Reynolds holds a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas Southern University.

Dr. Shauna Moore Reynolds is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LCPC-S) in Maryland, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Washington, D.C., a NBCC National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Shauna has served her community discussing the importance of mental health care and self-care. She holds positions as a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer and continues to be a source of support and mentorship for master’s level mental health counseling interns, pre-licensed and post-licensed counselors. During Dr. Shauna’s time of government services, she has held positions at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, The Washington, D.C. Attorney Generals’ Office, The United States Attorneys’ Office, and The Department of Justice. Currently, Dr. Shauna is the owner and Executive Director of SMR Counseling Services, located in Maryland. Dr. Shauna’s areas of research include Women’s Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Crisis, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Cassandra T. Spann, M.A., achieved her Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2004 and her master’s degree in Professional Counseling in 2007. Cassandra entered the field of mental health at a psychiatric center and then a residential substance abuse treatment facility in Atlanta, GA. Cassandra obtained her certification in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University-Atlanta and served as a Biblical Counselor for an international ministry in the Atlanta area before starting her doctorate in Professional Counseling Psychology at Liberty University. Through the dissolution of the doctorate program and multiple career shifts, Cassandra maintained her love for mental health and leadership. In 2016, Cassandra chose to merge business and psychology by completing her doctorate through the doctoral program for Organizational Leadership Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After starting her own practice as a Success Strategist, Cassandra noticed the lack of visual representation of women of color in executive roles. Bothered by the disparity between races/ethnicities and genders, the success of African American/Black women leaders in the United States quickly became the focus of her dissertation research. Cassandra’s primary concern now is assisting women of color in identifying the practical steps to achieving success. Cassandra is actively completing her dissertation as she eagerly awaits completion of her PhD in Organizational Leadership Psychology at the end of 2021.

Breanna Coleman, M.S., received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2020. Breanna is currently a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and a National Certified Counselor. Using her experiences as a woman of color that navigated through academia, college sports, and government employment, Breanna regularly speaks out on building the self-esteem and self-worth of young adult women of color. Breanna’s areas of interest include women’s issues, social justice, crisis counseling, adolescents, anxiety management and adjustment disorders. Apart from performing duties as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, Breanna is also employed as an Analyst with the Department of Justice and serves her community as a Youth Leader.

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.


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San Diego Health Magazine. (2019). Do you have superwoman syndrome? Retrieved from: https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/guides/do-you-have-superwoman-syndrome/article_c4be7b5a-291d-5b19-bab3-c3f09421712b.html.

Sepand, V.C. (2015). The black ceiling: Barriers to career advancement for African American women in the US. Scripps Senior Theses: Paper 639. Retrieved from: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/scripps.

Woods-Giscombe, C., Allen, A., Black, A., Steed, T., Li, Y., & Lackey, C. (2019). The Giscombe superwoman schema questionnaire: Psychometric properties and associations with mental health and health behaviors in African American women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40(8), 672-681.

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Registration and Fees

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

Community Members: $15.00

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 12, 2022
9:00 am - 10:30 am CST


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