APA has partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health - Center of Excellence to develop the Striving for Excellence educational series.
- Free to all Participants
- 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ Available for Physicians for Each Activity
Each learning activity will focus on a different subject that will bring awareness to disparities in African American/Black mental health care. The information provided in the series will help to increase behavioral health systems' capacity to provide outreach, engage, retain and effectively care for African American/Black care seekers.
Self-Paced Training Modules
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How Racial Socialization Perpetuates Racial Inequities in Psychiatry
Available until March 29, 2025
Racial socialization is a process that can erect significant attitudinal barriers to eliminating racial inequities. Our socialization into racial identities shapes what we understand of our experiences in the racialized contexts we inhabit. The work of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals occurs within many racialized contexts thus the pervasive racial ideology in the field is worthy of exploration. This activity will explore how racial socialization contributes to colorblind racial ideology (CBRI) and discuss its impacts on understandings of racial inequities.
Click the titles below to learn more and register for the activity in APA’s Learning Center.
- "But Why Though?": The Marginalization of Black Americans in Children's Media
- The Past Is Never Dead, It’s Not Even Past: Implications of the Legacies of American Slavery and Genocide for Therapeutic Practice and Treatment
- Injustice Rolling Down Like Boulders: The Traumatic Impact of Supreme Court Rulings on the Mental Health of Marginalized Populations
- Understanding the Impact of Racism on Psychosis for Black Americans
- The Shades of Justice: Blue, Brown, Black, and Green
- Approaching Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice through Creating Sustainable Organizational Change
- Who Gets Left Out? Racial Inequities in Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
- Call to Action: Addressing the Black Youth Suicide Crisis
- Healing from Racial Trauma: A Social Ecological Approach
- Psychological Impact of Racism
- Understanding African American Female Mental Health
- Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool
- From Drapetomania to Schizophrenia: Systemic Racism, Psychiatry, and Potential Solutions
- How Did We End Up Here? Racism & the Root Cause of Mental Health Disparities
- Challenging Racial Violence in Mental Health Encounters
- Protective Diagnosis – A Black Mother’s Response to Structural Violence and Disability
- Black Minds Matter 2! Learning through the Lens of an African American Family Member
- Black Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic—What Does the Data Say?
- Increasing Access to Evidence-based Interventions for Common Mental Disorders in Underserved Communities in the United States: Lessons from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- Microaggressions and Strategies to Overcome Prejudice
- Returning Race to the Clinical Dialogue: Maximizing Use of Ethnoracial Demographics in Clinical Care
About the Series
Each live webinar will cover practical problems and offer culturally appropriate, evidence-based practices and approaches for caring for African Americans/Black people. Your participation can help inform your clinical practice through a more comprehensive understanding of the African American/Black lived experience.
- Intended Audience: Psychiatrists, as well as other physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, medical students, and other mental health professionals.
- Cost: Through the generous support of Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health - Center of Excellence, there is no cost to participate in any of the activities.
- Format: Live virtual events where participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with subject matter experts during a 10-15 minute Q&A period. Each webinar will be recorded and hosted in the APA Learning Center for learners to access at their convenience. Interactive self-paced activities to use at participants’ convenience.
- CME: Each activity will offer a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ for physicians and a certificate of participation is available to non-physicians.
As a result of participating, learners will be able to:
- Increase their, and subsequently, behavioral health systems’ capacity to provide outreach, engage, retain, and effectively care for Black/African American (B/AA) people.
- Learn up-to-date information and culturally appropriate evidence-based practices/approaches for Black/African American people.
- Increase workforce development opportunities focused on implicit bias, social determinants of health, structural racism, and other factors that impede high-quality care for Black/African American people.
Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.