This 2 hour workshop is designed for mental health clinicians (social workers, front line workers, psychotherapists) and those currently working with racialized Black communities.
Anti-Black racism is an ongoing problem, and discussing racism let alone anti-Black racism tends to be seen as “uncomfortable”, especially in Canada. No matter how uncomfortable it may be for some, racialized Black people are constantly exposed to the violence of racism, more specifically, anti-black racism. Black people continue to be marginalized and face racial disparities in mental health care, which in turn, interferes with their ability to receive adequate health care and resources. Due to anti-black racist practice, society has adopted stereotypes and biases whether conscious or unconscious, the impact continues to oppress Black people.
The workshop will teach White mental health clinicians about anti-Black racism by unpacking and understanding the lived experiences of the Black diaspora. Through interactive exercises and videos, participants in the workshop will be challenged to confront their own prejudice and stereotypes in a safe space, while disarming their fragility and progressiveness in order to effectively treat Black families and individuals seeking mental health care.
Participants will learn:
- What is anti- Black racism?
- Understand the Black experience.
- Identify their own biases, prejudices, and stereotypes.
- Unpack White Progressiveness and Shame.
- Identify anti-Black racism in mental health.
- How to provide support to racialized Black colleagues and clients.