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Promoting Positive Mental Health Outcomes for Black Youth: How Schools, Home and Community Members Can Help

This is a live webinar. There is no charge for participants, but registration is required. Please register early as space is limited. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop. 

Presenter: Dr. Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C

Course description: 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 youth of color. 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 youth of color.

CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: This workshop is designed to help participants:

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.

Target Populations:

  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Faith leaders/community members
  • Occupational therapists
  • Organizational leaders
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Parents/caregivers
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Students
  • Support and other school staff members

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. 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 populations. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding).

This training is sponsored by the Maryland Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN) in collaboration with the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. MD-SPIN is led by the Maryland Department of Halth Behavioral Health Adminstration. 

Maryland Center for Developmental Disability at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555. 

Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9:00am to 12:15pm

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