New Lectures in the APSAC Systemic Racism Certificate Program & Lecture Series | September 28, 2021

Join us on September 28 from 12:00 to 3:30 PM ET for the next two lectures in the APSAC Certificate Program.


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How Racist, Homophobic and Other Targeted Violence Against Children Affects Brain Development and Mental Health

Presenter: Jessica Black, PhD

12:00 - 1:30 pm ET


Recent advancements in social and cognitive neuroscience, including technology such as functional neuroimaging and research to practice dissemination of findings, should be put to more consistent use and wider access in relationship to both prevention and treatment of mental health effects for children and adolescents who have been victims of targeted violence, including but not limited to racism and homophobia. Behavior, including physical and psychological, cannot be understood without first recognizing how the brain develops in supportive environments and the impact violent environments have on neural structure and function. It is essential that practitioners working with these young people understand and can therefore assess and act on the two primary routes by which such violence negatively impacts the brain and therefore mental health. First, the brain is directly and indirectly impacted by stress and trauma that such violence yields. Second, the stress and trauma interrupts sleep, play and nutrient metabolism that are required supporting factors for healthy brain development. This presentation brings light to both pathways and provides resources and evidence-based approaches to integrating these neuroscientific findings into prevention and intervention of targeted violence at both an individual and wider systems lens to improve mental health and wider development.


Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Impact of Implicit Bias on Mental Health Service Delivery

Presenter: Akeem Marsh, MD, FAPA

2:00 - 3:30 pm ET


Social determinants of mental health are directly correlated to extensive history of structural and systemic racism. This course provides a context for current racial disparities in mental health and reviews the source of so-called risk factors that disproportionately affect communities of color. Grounded in principles of social justice and racial equity, clinicians will understand the influence of biases and be encouraged to examine their role in both the mental health field and their own clinical practice. Through the use of clinical vignettes, practical applications for engagement on issues of race and racism will be explored. ​Psychology and Social Work CE credits are available for these sessions. Participants must attend in-person to receive credits. Participants will receive a certificate after attending 8 hours of sessions. Participants have the option to attend the sessions live or to view recordings on APSAC's Learning Management System (LMS). Only individuals who join the live session will be eligible to earn CE credit.

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