Looking at Mental Health through the Lens of Stigma and Race: Implications for Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Service Delivery

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May 11, 2020

Looking at Mental Health through the Lens of Stigma and Race:  Implications for Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Service Delivery

Presented by: Tawanda Hubbard, MSW, DSW, LCSW

Location: Live-interactive webinar

Historically in our country as well as other parts of the world, persons with mental illness have been stigmatized, treated as inferior, and some forced to endure deplorable conditions and treatments.  Today, advances have been made in research and practice that has improved treatment and service delivery to persons with mental problems and mental illness, but they still must contend with the stigma that goes along with having a mental disorder.  To complicate matters for persons of color with mental health problems and mental illness, they not only have to deal with the struggles of their condition, encounter stigma, but also contend with discrimination.  In this full day workshop, participants will discuss disparities persons of color with mental illness encounter in mental health programs and society-at-large. Look at the history of how persons with mental illness have been seen and shamed; discuss how that view still lives today within the mental health system; prevalence of discrimination in mental health towards persons of color; and identify the role of service providers and agencies in fighting health inequalities and discrimination apart of ensuring quality care. Participants will become familiar and identify how they can operationalize key concepts, such as, social determinants of health, macroaggressions and microaggressions, difference, privilege and power, anti-oppression approach, cultural formulation, social location, etc. All instrumental in understanding and removing stigma and fighting discrimination within the mental health system across the treatment continuum of care working with persons of color.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss disparities persons of color with mental illness encounter in mental health programs and society-at-large.
  2. Restate at the history of how persons with mental illness have been seen and shamed; discuss how that view still lives today within the mental health system; and prevalence of discrimination in mental health towards persons of color.
  3. Identify roles of service providers and agencies in fighting health inequalities and discrimination apart of ensuring quality care.
  4. Explain how key concepts, such as, social determinants of health, macroaggressions and microaggressions, difference, anti-oppression approach, cultural formulation, social location, etc. can be operationalized in removing stigma and fighting discrimination within the mental health system across the continuum of care working with persons of color.

Course Level:         ☐ Beginner        ☒ Intermediate      ☐ Advanced

The course is open to social workers, counselors, substance abuse professionals, and other DMHAS licensed agency staff. Course certificates for 5 Cultural Competence CEs is presented upon completion of the course and evaluation. All courses are free. There are no penalties for cancellation.

Registration for this training opens in April. Deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020. To register, please click here.

TRAINING AGENDA:

Time Frame Course Content
9:25 – 9:30 am Welcome/Introductions/Objectives of the training
9:30 – 9:50 am Social Construction of Difference and Cycle of socialization – mini lecture and large group discussion
9:50 -10:20 am Look at the history of persons with mental illness have been seen and shamed; discuss the view that still lives today in the mental health system—mini lecture and large group discussion
10:20 – 10:50 am

 

-View Video Clip and Large group discussion: Looking at the burden of racism, difference, and privilege
               10:50am – 12:00pm

 

 

-Describe disparities person of color with mental illness encounter in mental health programs and society-at-large using case vignettes.

-Describe how concepts explained are instrumental in removing stigma and fighting discrimination within the mental health system across the continuum of care working with persons of color.

-Video and large group discussion on unconscious bias

12:00 – 12:45pm

 

Lunch
12:45 – 2:10 pm

 

-Explain key concepts, such as, social determinants of health, macroaggressions and microaggressions, anti-oppression approach, cultural formulation, social location, intersectionality, biopsychosocial risk, resilience and strengths approach.

-Dismantling Institutional Racism – Large group discussion

-Identify the role of service providers and agencies in fighting health inequalities and discrimination apart of ensuring quality care.

2:10-2:25pm Break
2:25 – 3:30 pm -Putting it all together Activity:  Case Study and table discussions

-Activity: Microaggressions and Social location

-Summary/Questions/Close

TRAINER BIO

Dr. Tawanda Hubbard is a social work educator and practitioner.  She has her LCSW and over 15 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, adolescent and family therapy, case management, and clinical practice.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomfield College, DSW and MSW from Rutgers University, Postmasters in Clinical Practice with Adolescents from NYU; and trained in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Therapy, and Family Therapy at Ackerman and Multicultural Family Institutes.  Dr. Hubbard received the honor of Outstanding Doctoral Instructor at Rutgers School of Social Work in 2016 and CSWE Minority Doctoral Fellowship Alumna.  She has taught at Rutgers School of Social Work as a part-time lecturer for over 7 years and was honored in 2013 and 2014 as Outstanding Adjunct Instructor.  Dr. Hubbard has served in a variety of positions since earning her MSW: DYFS worker (children protection), clinical youth case manager, lead youth therapist in a treatment home program and clinical supervisor in an out-of-home therapeutic foster care program.

Dr. Hubbard is currently teaching a part of faculty at Monmouth University School of Social Work; teaches part-time at Rutgers SSW; provides family and individual therapy as a private practitioner and trains DCP&P Workers (children protection) as part of New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership and Victim Advocates as part of the NJ Victim Assistance Program.  She provides clinical supervision and conducts workshops on her scholarship interests.  Dr. Hubbard is the immediate past President of the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter.

APPROVALS

Social Workers: We have applied for 5 CE credits for this course through ASWB  ACE.

Looking at Mental Health through the Lens of Stigma and Race:  Implications for Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Service Delivery, Course #3013, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Family Connections as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: [dates]. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Cultural Competency continuing education credits.

Family Connections, Provider #1252, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Family Connections maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 1/10/20-1/10/23. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Cultural Competency continuing education credits.

Family Connections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.  Family Connections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

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