Black History Month - Resources for February

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During the month of February, we honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans, as well as pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. We also focus on increasing awareness and highlighting resources and events that can be helpful to African Americans.

Because the MHTTC's focus is on improving mental health, most of these resources relate to mental illness awareness, prevention and treatment. Please contact us if you find additional resources we have missed, especially in the 4-state region of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 

Black History Month Behavioral Health 1-Day CE Conference: The Black Experience in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling

February 28, 2020, 8am - 5:30pm EST
Augusta, GA

This conference is in observance of Black History Month. The focus will be geared towards better educating behavioral health professionals, who work with the African-American population to include males, females, youth and the LGBTQ community. This one day conference will also serve as a resource for professional networking as we assist one another in our effort in providing effective counseling and treatment for our African-American clients.

To learn more and register, click here. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health: Black History Month 2020

During Black History Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will join partners in reflecting on the achievements of African Americans while promoting pathways to a healthier future with better health outcomes. During February, OMH will focus on the importance of daily physical activity and living an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Read more and access resources here

Mental Health America: Honoring Black History While Honoring Mental Health

As part of Black History Month, Mental Health America honors MHA partner, Minaa B's blog post, "Respect Your Struggle."

Read the thought-provoking article here. 

Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities And Mental Health

A wealth of information, statistics and resources about how communities of color experience unique and considerable challenges in accessing mental health services. 

Explore here. 

Pacific Southwest MHTTC's List of Black Psychologists

In recognition of Black History Month, Pacific Southwest MHTTC lists black therapists and other resources. 

View here.

Mental Health America: African American Pioneers In Mental Health

African Americans' contributions to the field of mental health have been long overlooked. 

Learn about these pioneers here. 

Northwest MHTTC Research Brief: Cultural Considerations in Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups with Serious Mental Illness

Over 100 million people in the US identify as belonging to a racial and/or ethnic minority group. Individuals with a serious mental illness who also identify as a racial/ethnic minority tend to receive poorer quality of care, have less access to services, and experience higher dropout rates and poorer outcomes when compared to their White counterparts. These differences have spurred initiatives to integrate cultural perspectives into evidence-based treatments.

This practice brief is intended to help clinicians —particularly those who administer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for individuals with serious mental illness—to enhance their cultural awareness and incorporate culturally-relevant practices into their formulation and treatment approach.

Download the brief here. 


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