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Celebrating Black History Month

Highlighted ATTC Resources

Treatment & Recovery in African American Communities: Panel Discussion with 2022 Recovery Hall of Fame Inductees

Treatment & Recovery in African American Communities: Panel Discussion with 2022 Recovery Hall of Fame Inductees   Presented by The Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery.    Each year, the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery inducts several addiction treatment professionals into the museum’s Hall of Fame. In this panel presentation, four of the recent inductees share their insights on how to work more effectively with African Americans with substance use disorders.   Panelists:     Michael Askew           Rev. Jan Brown        Dr. Mary Roberson    Roland Williams Click here to learn more about our panelists and the rest of the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES Learn strategies for working more effectively with African Americans seeking recovery. Understand the importance of applying culturally-specific approaches to working with African Americans with SUD’s. Help African American clients maintain ongoing recovery.     WEBINAR MODERATOR   Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the Illinois State Project Manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. Mark is a published author, trainer, educator, and mentor, as well as the founder of the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery and the co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. Mark is the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the field.

The Recovery Legacies of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X

  View the recorded webinar here:    Presented By: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC February 3, 2022   DESCRIPTION Frederick Douglass escaped slavery to become a national leader in the abolitionist movement. Malcolm X overcame a troubled childhood and a prison sentence to gain prominence as one of leading civil rights activists in the U.S. Both Douglass and Malcolm X offer lessons and implications for counseling African Americans with substance use disorders today.   You can read more on this topic in the article, "Lessons from the Recovery Legacies of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X" by Mark Sanders. 

Southeast ATTC: AABH X COE | Structural Racism and Black Mental Health

        The history of formerly enslaved black people in the United States and their descendants have a unique place in the United States. While slavery is often thought of as a thing of the past, the institution was a far-reaching financial cornerstone and slaveholding states had an outsized influence on the nation’s formative years. The trauma of slavery, its social stratifications, and the rationalizations for its existence has been perpetuated by other social assaults such as Jim Crow, domestic terrorism through organizations such as the Klu Klux Klan, and discriminatory housing policies from the federal government. In understanding the entrenched, pervasive nature of these issues, it is imperative to draw upon the contributions of historians and sociologists.    The ongoing impact of these events contributes to present-day social determinants of mental health for African-Americans such as black disproportionate exposure to poor academic opportunities, families, and communities disrupted by mass incarceration, exposure to violent communities, and the stressors of incessant micro and macro-aggressions. Additionally, the rationale for the justification of slavery, the inferiority of blacks, is one that remains prevalent in American messaging, whether it be through the educational system, from politicians, or through media representations. In this presentation, a structural competency approach will be applied to explore the ongoing impacts of slavery and institutional racism, the ways in which these issues can impact patients and clinicians, and the medical and mental health professional's role and responsibility in not only being aware of but combatting these issues.      Objective 1: Understand the historical and present-day context of structural racism and its role in the social determinants of health Objective 2: Describe the implications of population mental health including assessment, diagnosis and treatment Objective 3: Identify actions that can be taken by public servants to identify and address the mental health ramifications of structural racism. ======================================       Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D., F.A.P.A. is a physician who specializes in adult, child & adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. She is the founder of the Lorio Psych Group, an Atlanta, GA-based mental health practice providing expert care and consultation. Dr. Vinson is also the founder of Lorio Forensics, which provides consultation in a wide variety of cases in criminal, civil, and family court cases. After graduating from medical school at the University of Florida with Research Honors and as an Inductee in the Chapman Humanism Honors Society, she completed her general psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. While there, she also received specialized training in trauma through the Victims of Violence Program. She then returned to the South to complete fellowships in both child & adolescent and forensic psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to providing mental health care services such as psychotherapy, consultation, and psychopharmacology through her private practice, Dr. Vinson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. Just two years after joining the faculty she was honored as Psychiatry and Faculty of the Year in 2015. She is also Adjunct Faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. She has been elected and/or appointed to national and statewide office by her professional peers. She is the Past President of the Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Treasurer of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. Additionally, she is an Advisor for the Judges Psychiatry Leadership Initiative.  She has been a speaker at national conferences including the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, and The National Urban League Annual Meeting. Dr. Vinson has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership including the University of Florida College of Medicine Outstanding Young Alumna Award and the APA Jeanne Spurlock Minority Fellowship Alumni Achievement Award.

Southeast ATTC: Counseling African Americans with Substance Use Disorders

    This virtual presentation is sponsored by the Southeast ATTC Regional Center and will focus on a strength-based approach to engaging African Americans in substance use disorders treatment; rapport building with African American Clients within the first 10 minutes of contact; reasons African Americans resist substance use disorders treatment and intervention strategies; effective cross-cultural counseling skills with African Americans with substance use disorders; traditional and non-traditional approaches to recovery among African Americans; How to mobilize the entire African American Community to support recovery in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina. Treatment providers, peer support communities, and community-based organizations in Region 4 are encouraged to register for free.     BY THE END OF THIS PRESENTATION YOU WILL BE ABLE TO: Utilize 10 strength-based questions to help engage African American Clients into substance use disorders treatment. Build rapport with African American Clients. Engage African American Clients in the cross-cultural counseling relationship. Engage African Americans into substance use disorders treatment within the first 10 minutes of contact. Articulate non-traditional approaches to substance use disorders treatment with African American clients. Mobilize the entire African American community to support recovery. ..................................................................     Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the British Islands. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. Mark is co-founder of the Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. 

Latino Behavioral Health Supports ​Black History Month by ​Highlighting 3 Afro-Latinx professionals​

This Month of February​ Latino Behavioral Health Supports ​Black History Month by ​Highlighting 3 Afro-Latinx professionals​. Join us in honoring our colleagues!​ Este mes de febrero celebramos el mes de la Historia Afroamericana Como profesionales Latinos de Adicción ​y Salud Mental,​ Nos gustaría apoyar esta ocasión destacando ​a tres Afrolatinos(as).​ ¡Acompáñenos a honrar a nuestros(as) colegas!​ Este mês de fevereiro, celebramos o mês da História Afroamericana Como profissionais Latinos Abuso de Substâncias e Saúde mental, ​ gostaríamos de apoiar esta ocasião destacando três afro-latinos(as). Junte-se a nós para homenagear nossos colegas!!​ #BlackHistoryMonth #mesdelaHistoriaAfroamericana ​#mêsdaHistóriaAfroamericana​ #NHLATTC #NHLPTTC #NLBHA