From the onset of the transatlantic slave trade, Black Americans were not afforded the opportunity to learn to read. Today, Black Americans are fighting national education systems which far too often ignore the cultural learning needs and considerations of their communities. Specifically, counseling education in America for substance use disorders (SUD) has been rooted in western theory and often is designed without consideration for the unique learning needs of Black Americans and other people of color (POC). This presentation focuses on best practices and curriculum components that will support the development of Black SUD counselors in educational, vocational, and internship-based programs. The goal of incorporating research on unconscious biases and culturally relevant theory is to fill the gaps in treatment for Black substance users and better address the health disparities within the community. This presentation is useful for all SUD counselors, supervisors, educators, and administrators.
Participants will be able to identify the historic and current educational disparities in SUD education for Black addictions professionals.
Participants will be able to describe culturally relevant addictions theory and intervention approaches.
Participants will be able to apply culturally relevant addictions theory to their professional development and educational practices.
Beginner and Intermediate.
This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email email@example.com for specific information.