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The historical and present-day murder, victimization and hostile treatment of Black Americans exhibits society's dehumanized view of the African American community. A major challenge in counseling for African Americans is the desire to be understood and to receive appropriate mental health care. This webinar will present specific guidelines for counselor education programs and licensed professional counselors to work effectively with African American clients.

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When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Where: Online
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Black Clients Matter: Promoting Competent Counselor Training and Practice in Counselor Education

Carla Adkison-Johnson, Ph.D., LPC
Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

PLEASE NOTE: CSI typically allows registrations until the date of the webinar. However, due to an upcoming transition to our database and website, we will need to receive all registrations for this webinar by Sunday, July 19, at 11:00 PM EDT. If you are unsure about whether you will be able to attend, you can still register, and you will receive a link to the recording if you are unable to join us for the live presentation.

How we think about African Americans is how we respond to them. The historical and present-day murder, victimization and hostile treatment of Black Americans exhibits society's dehumanized view of the African American community. Over the last four decades, much has been written about meeting the counseling needs of clients of color.  Specifically, the 2016 CACREP standards and AMCD’s multicultural and social justice competencies address the importance of multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skill in professional counseling practice. However, these important preparation requirements  are necessary but not sufficient to meaningfully engage in culturally responsive counseling with African American clients.

A major challenge in counseling for African Americans is the desire to be understood and to receive appropriate mental health care. This webinar will present specific guidelines for counselor education programs and licensed professional counselors to work effectively with African American clients.

Learning Objectives:

1. To briefly examine the inner lives of African Americans. 
2. To assist participants with identifying programmatic barriers in counselor education that impact culturally competent training.

3. To assist participants with developing practicum, internship and continuing education experiences/requirements that facilitate culturally competent service delivery with African American clients. 

Dr. Carla Adkison-Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University (WMU). She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development from Kent State University. Dr. Adkison-Johnson has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for over 25 years and is committed to meeting the counseling needs of adults, families and children. She has published extensively in the areas of culturally competent mental health counseling, preparing counselors for the professoriate, and African American child rearing practices. Her research has garnered attention in the legal, child welfare and counselor education literature.

Dr. Adkison-Johnson’s current research regarding intentionality verses criminality in African American child rearing practices was presented at the 2019 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts National Conference. She has served as a child discipline expert witness in civil and criminal courts in Michigan and Wisconsin. In 2017, Dr. Adkison-Johnson received the WMU College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Scholar Award. She is also the recipient of the Kent State University Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Adkison-Johnson is a Life Member and past national Treasurer for Chi Sigma Iota. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). In this capacity, she served as Chair of CACREP’s Training Committee.

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International (CSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2057. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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