Weekly Wellness Tip: Stay Connected
For months, The Ladipo Group and MTR Therapy worked to introduce the inaugural Diversity of Us Summit in Philadelphia - a two-day platform for clinicians of color to share, speak and teach about their experiences as persons of color in a field of therapy that has been whitewashed from its creation to now.
The pandemic altered our plans but didn’t halt them. On Thursday, June 11, The Ladipo Group and MTR Therapy will bring the Diversity of Us Summit to you, with two programs set to inform, challenge, and empower. While we are apart, it is imperative that we stay connected.
At 11 am, Dante Barfield will lead the conversation, “As a Black Man, Am I Allowed to Grieve?”, wherein we will discuss the impact of grief on black men in America within the current pandemic of Covid-19, and the murder of Ahmad Arbury. Historically, black men have been forced to be providers, sheltering their feelings, enduring mental health challenges, and experiencing systematic racism and oppression through all walks of life. The goal of this presentation is to deconstruct the false pathology of the experience of being a black man and acknowledge the impact of holding onto multiple traumas and fears at once.
Then at 2 pm, Dr. Cheryll Rothery will lead a workshop on “Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Clients and Clinicians of Color.” COVID-19 has further elucidated and added a multitude of additional stressors and disparities, exacerbating the challenges of daily existence, particularly for African Americans. And like many mental health clinicians, African American clinicians were challenged with the task of making a swift transition to the delivery of telehealth services to ensure continuity of care for our clients. This transition required research, training, and preparation in order to ensure clients’ confidentiality and privacy, as well as consideration of other legal compliance and risk management requirements related to telehealth clinical practice. This workshop will present a model for ongoing assessment and intervention for clients, as well as collateral strategies for self-assessment and self-care for clinicians.
We'll see you on June 11th!
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