Schizophrenia Diagnosis and Treatment in the Black Community

12:00pm - November 18, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 18, 2021
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Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder involving chronic or recurrent psychosis associated with impairments in social and occupational functioning. It is among the most disabling and economically catastrophic medical disorders worldwide. Recent research suggests persistent racial inequity in schizophrenia diagnosis. Incorrect or delayed diagnosis of schizophrenia may result in significant impact on the long-term functioning of the individuals treated. This webinar will review the presentation of schizophrenia in the African American community and discuss ways to address disparities in diagnosis and treatment.

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Welton Craig Washington, Jr., MD
is an adult psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, MI. He is a clinical adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and is an attending psychiatrist at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards including the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, the Alpha Omega Alpha award for Clinical Faculty of the Year, and the Irma Bland, MD Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Psychiatry Residents. He currently serves on the executive board of the Black Psychiatrists of America. He completed his undergraduate training at Morehouse College and both his medical training and psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Washington has special interest in treating severe and persistent mental illness in minority communities.

Annelle Primm, M.D., MPH
is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color. She is also a member of the Black Psychiatrists of America Council of Elders.


Learning Objectives:

  • Review the diagnosis of schizophrenia 
  • Discuss the diagnostic challenges associated with schizophrenia in the African American community     
  • Examine the potential impact of the use of psychological testing in Black patients


Who Should Attend?
Clinicians, caseworkers, peer recovery support staff, administrators, and others who work on behalf of adults with serious mental illnesses


Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (30 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). The webinar slide presentation and recording will be posted to the website.