Culturally Appropriate Therapeutic Models: Understanding Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Public Programs and Performances WKS 091 1.00

This workshop focuses on the suffering and trauma associated with the African experience in America inclusive of the periods of capture, transport, enslavement, emancipation, and leading up to current times. Multigenerational patterns of adaptive behaviors passed along through generations will be explored, with an emphasis on assessment and interventions using evidence-based, culture-specific, and social-justice models. A relationship-based approach with a particular focus on strategies that inform practice will be presented. The goal of this workshop is to expose students to the historical events and policies that have led to contemporary social problems and structural inequalities that continue to negatively affect African Americans. The workshop will provide practical tools to inform practice and empower individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities throughout the change process. A crucial aspect of counseling involves sensitivity and competence in working with African Americans as an underserved population. This course is designed to enable students to develop a knowledge base and critical awareness of issues specifically affecting African Americans in practice and policy.

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