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Mindfulness for BIPOC clinicians teaches how to facilitate self-care, develop a healthy identity, empower individuals to respond to intergenerational fatigue (M. Winters, 2020), and increase social esteem for their clients.
Clinicians will learn about Mindfulness as a guide to trauma-sensitive treatment that leads to resilience. They'll understand how befriending the body and seeing it as the depository of memory is a way to recover our natural intelligence and capacity to heal and overcome mental health issues that derive from oppressive systems. We explore the indigenous premise that we are the medicine we need to heal ourselves (Kopacz & Rael, 2021).
Through mindful writing, the participants explore how the personal narrative, "the story" we tell of ourselves, is set by the long history, including cultural givens (Marra, 2020), wars, slavery, and other paradigms shaping relative reality. We will also discuss the importance of transcending relative reality, where there is discrimination, racism and other "isms" to embrace the ultimate reality where we are boundless. Finally, we'll examine how psychological variables, such as depression, sense of coherence, social support, and the sociodemographic variable of educational and financial access, impact the personal narrative. We'll also look at how treatment plans can change these variables that address emotional, cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal components of a person's life.
Through writing, meditation, and clinical reflections, the participants will leave with a sense of direction for facilitating psychological healing and personal transformation in those they served. This webinar aims to prepare mental health clinicians who are BIPOC and serve BIPOC communities to deal with issues of depression and low social/self-esteem, while securing adequate responses to the identified issues.
Introductions and discussion of the material and other logistics (20 minutes).
Discuss the principles behind Mindfulness for BIPOC people, including hands-on activities (40 minutes).
Discuss how the large history shapes the personal story, emphasizing scientific papers written by BIPOC mental health researchers that affirm representation and further introspection on how systemic and structural racism impacts the mental health of BIPOC individuals (30).
10 minutes break
Discuss the importance of tending to the body as the depository of memory and how to move from traumatic memories into post-trauma growth narrative by using mindful writing (40)
Break out group (20 minutes)
Discussions and intentions for future practice. (20 minutes)
- The participants will be able to explain what Mindfulness is and how it informs daily living.
- Participants will be able to describe the practical use of Mindfulness in the therapeutic context of working with BIPOC people.
- Participants will be able to list resources they can apply with themselves and those they served.
- Participants will be able to explain "intergenerational fatigue," "social esteem," "cultural givens," and other relevant terms.
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives
This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.
- This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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