Counseling African American Women: Examining Strengths and Vulnerabilities
Online Course Materials: Articles Audios Articles Videos
Developed by Tamika Damond, Ph.D.
Tokens may NOT be used with this course.
General Course Description
African American women cope with life stressors in a variety of ways. Often times, talking to a mental health professional is the last resort. When they do, they report feeling misunderstood and unheard.
In this beginning-level course, which includes a video, audio and text transcript of her webinar, Dr. Tamika Damond discusses how African American women may present in therapy, commonly used coping strategies, factors related to the under-utilization of counseling services and the resulting maladaptive stress-related behaviors that threaten their mental health. Culturally responsive strategies and treatment options are discussed that can more effectively address underlying concerns that may not be readily apparent.
- This course will teach the participant to
- List common perceptions of stress, strength and mental health by African American women.
- Describe how the attributes of strength affect African American women’s help-seeking behavior.
- Identify culturally sensitive intervention strategies when counseling African American women.
- Clinical Presentation of African American women in therapy
- African American women’s perception of stress, strength and mental health
- Contributing historical & sociocultural factors
- Strength as an asset: What are its benefits?
- Strength as a vulnerability: What are the liabilities?
- Factors associated with help-seeking behavior
- Intervention strategies and therapeutic suggestions or best Practices