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"The Invisible Struggle": Expanding Wholistic Cultural Awareness to Increase Effectiveness When Working with Black Clients

7/17/2020 to 7/24/2020
When: Friday, July 17 and 24, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Virtual Event via GoTo Meeting
United States
Presenter: Brandon Williams, BSW, MSW, LCSW
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Friday Webinar

"The Invisible Struggle": Expanding Wholistic Cultural Awareness to Increase Effectiveness When Working with Black Clients 

Two-part series:

Session 1 - July 17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Session 2 - July 24, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

You must attend both sessions to receive 2 hours of CE credit

Description:

The goal of this training is to provide information related to manifestations of prejudice, discrimination, and racism that will empower providers to better serve Black clients. This training will involve both psychoeducation and processing. Challenges inherent to both the provider and client will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain awareness concerning the general needs of many Black clients.
  • Begin the process of increasing self-awareness concerning bias.
  • Increase tolerance of uncomfortable conversations concerning “race”.

Presenter: Brandon Williams, BSW, MSW, LCSW

Brandon Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and currently works full-time at the Durham VA Medical Center (DVAMC). He provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy through the VA and via contract work with a counseling agency in Greensboro, NC.  He received his Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2005 (UNCG), his Master of Social Work in 2012 (JMSW Program), and his clinical license in 2012.  Mr. Williams carries a national certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression. He also specializes in personal/spiritual development, transitional thinking, and cultural competency with a focus on the Black community.

Mr. Williams is involved in multiple efforts that contribute to allyship, diversity and inclusion, and anti-Black racism efforts at the departmental and facility level at the Durham VA. Mr. Williams created, developed, and facilitates “The Invisible Struggle” therapeutic group which focuses on providing clinical mental health care for veterans dealing with stress unique to Black people in America. He also serves on multiple boards/teams at the DVAMC including: The Antiracism and Black Equity Advisory Board, the Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup, and the Social Work Service (SWS) Diversity Team. Mr. Williams provides consultation to the SWS Mental Health Supervisor and the Mental and Behavioral Health Services Division Chief (outpatient) around diversity and equity.

Mr. Williams is a Racial Equity Institute Alumni, has participated in their Black and White caucuses, and continues to contribute to the cause of equity when possible. Mr. Williams also created and leads a community organization called “Lion Tamers” that is dedicated to the holistic development of Black men.   This development takes place mainly in “Sharpening Sessions” which are held in the community and/or virtually multiple times throughout the year. During these sessions focus is placed on education, fellowship, and general support.


Webinars are FREE for LPCANC members, and $10 for each session for non-members.  

LPCANC is an NBCC-approved provider (ACEP) #5807.

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