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Black History Month

This month we celebrate and honor Black and African American contributions to the mental health movement. Read on to learn about these pioneers, the origins of Black History Month, data on mental health disparities, and gain access to articles, a podcast, upcoming training, and recorded interview. Advancing health equity and eliminating racism requires ongoing education and purposeful action every day throughout the year.

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The origins of Black History Month
History Channel: Article, Resources, Videos, Image Gallery

7 Black History Month Resources for February and Beyond
Teaching materials to help students grasp the challenging topics surrounding race and prejudice.

Learn more at Mental Health America about the infographic below on Black And African American Communities And Mental Health.

Black And African American Communities And Mental Health

Historical Trauma Among African Americans, ACEs, and Hope

The traumatic history of African Americans, how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) compound multi-generational trauma, and what hope looks like are considered in this podcast.

Three experts from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Child Traumatic Stress Center, NC State University, and a local Head Start Program provide evidenced-based information on ACES, historical trauma and bias, and how hope and resilience play a role in mitigating these hardships in African American families. Listen to learn about adjustments practitioners can make to improve trust and inclusiveness in programs services.

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Virtual Training

Critical Conversations: Trauma Informed and Trauma Focus Interventions Using Telehealth with Children, Adolescents and their Families A Virtual Training

March 17, 2022  |  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST)

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objectives and continuing education

CIBHS is proud to announce the second of a 3-part webinar series for 2022 that continues the discussions started to respond to racial inequities in the U.S., and how those inequities serve to negatively affect underserved and marginalized members of society as it relates to both mental and medical health equity.

This training will primarily expand participants’ skills on telehealth adaptations, in conjunction with in-person work, of trauma-focused and trauma-informed interventions in working with children and adolescent clients. Given the context of inequities in the use of telehealth and the digital divide, this training will also integrate telehealth adaptations of some culturally-adapted trauma-focused interventions in working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) clients. Lastly, this training will guide the participants in developing a tentative plan on how to implement trauma-focused telehealth tools in their individual clinical practice and/or behavioral health programs.

Questions for your clinical work:

  • What are various ways we can make trauma-informed practices culturally-responsive for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) clients?
  • How do we integrate Trauma-Informed Care into our telehealth work with clients?
  • What are some best practices in tele-adapting trauma-informed interventions?
  • How do we provide trauma-focused therapy with a hybrid in-person and telehealth work?

This virtual workshop will provide answers. 

Behavioral Health for Black Lives

The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health shared with us some of their outreach and education for Black History Month 2022.  February 11th, Rev. Dr. Karen Crozier sat down to discuss Behavioral Health for Black Lives with an emphasis on individual, institutional, and legislative responsibility and imagination in addressing historical and contemporary assaults on Black lives, minds, and bodies.

Before you check out the video, here’s a little more about their dynamic guest!  A committed Christian academic, activist, and ordained minister for personal and social change, healing, and hope, Rev. Dr. Crozier brings a dynamic, energetic voice to her research, scholarship, and leadership.  She is a native, and current resident, of Fresno 93706 with over twenty years of service in both education and church ministry, and nearly ten years of service in grassroots activism, advocacy, and organizing.

Some of her current community leadership efforts include black reparations, African American infant mortality, and the West Fresno Christian Coalition which is a ministry of presence, support, advocacy, and accountability in pre K-12 public education.  Currently, Rev. Dr. Crozier is the founder and President of Jewel of Justice, which provides consulting and training on reparations, racial healing and justice, and a critical examination of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and paradigms.

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