African Americans have less access to mental health than their White counterparts, are less likely to receive needed care, and are more likely to receive poor quality care when they are treated. In this workshop participants will be provided with activities aimed to increase awareness of their unconscious biases.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
1 pm – 4 pm
There are many barriers that contribute to these racial disparities in services. For instance, everyone has implicit (unconscious) biases that can influence our behaviors, decisions, and interactions with others. These biases, that we may not be aware of, often impact the services we provide and contribute to racial disparities in mental health. It is important that mental health professionals working with diverse populations be aware of the impact of implicit bias on client outcomes as well as other barriers preventing our African American clients from receiving quality care.
In this workshop participants will be provided with activities aimed to increase awareness of their unconscious biases. Case studies will be reviewed to practice cultural humility and to practice strategies to mitigate unconscious biases. Participants will develop a plan of action to build rapport, positive therapeutic relationships, and to provide more culturally appropriate services to African American clients.