Don’t miss an opportunity to update your accuracy and sensitivity when it comes to working with Black couples (or Black individuals who are in any form of a romantic relationship). If you feel like a deer in headlights discussing race/ethnicity, or you’ve taken the risk to connect and it’s backfired, it’s likely because you’re missing this critical additive to the therapeutic alliance – and they are too! This workshop will give you knowledge, tools, and complexity that you just don’t get in your average multicultural therapy class or routine couples therapy training.
Ayanna Abrams, PsyD
Dr. Ayanna Abrams is a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia and CEO/Founder of Ascension Behavioral Health. She obtained her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with emphasis on diverse populations and families. Dr. Abrams’ specialities include working with college aged populations and graduate/professional students, adults, and relationship/marital counseling. She has extensive clinical experience working with people of color, specifically Black women, Black men and Black couples. As a trained Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT), Dr. Abrams meets couples at the intersection of their racial/ethnic culture and their attachment styles in order to improve short-term and long-term emotional insight and relationship satisfaction.
Dr. Abrams enjoys providing consultation and creating training/workshops for organizations, schools, churches, hospitals, & other media. She has been featured in the New York Times, Essence, Allure, and MindBodyGreen, as well as AfroPunk, Therapy for Black Girls, and Silence the Shame. Dr. Abrams is the co-founder of Not So Strong, an initiative to improve the mental health and relationship functioning of Black women through use of vulnerable storytelling.
The Impact of Racism Based Trauma on Black Relationships
Note: This took place online, LIVE via Zoom.
This workshop will focus on culturally appropriate referral, assessment and clinical intervention use in couples therapy with Black clients. With an overall increase in service provision to Black couples, culturally relevant and ethical care is imperative. Couples therapists, whether racially or culturally congruent to couples or not, are tasked with a unique opportunity to improve individual and relationship functioning with use of interventions that meet clients’ emotional, interpersonal and attachment needs.
All, if not most, psychologists receive at least one semester of formal didactic training in working with diverse populations which, by itself, is not enough to remain as culturally responsive as clients deserve. This workshop will provide a didactic overview, vignettes and discussion to increase awareness, clarity and provide tools to better connect with Black couples in need of help. This workshop will pay specific attention to the needs of Black couples, as differentiated from couples of other racial backgrounds. Participants will leave with new and/or strengthened tools to assess, communicate, process, and intervene. Come with curiosity and compassion!
- Define racism-based traumas, then use this to critique assessment and clinical interventions with Black couples.
- Explain how racism & racial aggressions impact worldview and emotional functioning of Black clients.
- Discuss implicit bias, self of the therapist, and the therapeutic alliance.
- Conceptualize a clinical case from assessment through termination using a culturally informed lens.
- Create a culturally responsive and personal intervention plan for Black couples.
Continuing Education Credit – 3 Hours
- APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- LCSW – This workshop is approved for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
- LPC, LMFT- Related hours