Directly Inform Your Work to Improve Support & Services
Despite extensive efforts aimed at curbing mental illness among college and university students, rates of mental illness and use of mental health services have continued to rise. In addition to the stressors impacting all college students, Black men must also contend with systematic racial oppression which can erode coping resources.
This can be especially true for those Black men attending Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). In order to successfully address the mental health needs of Black American males, university counselors and personnel must be aware of the history of systematic oppression, nuanced cultural mores, as well as the heterogeneity within the Black community.
Our expert presenters highlight the experiences of Black men navigating mental health on college campuses. The presenters discuss the impact of societal and higher education context, offer and critique existing theoretical frameworks, and share emerging practices to support empowerment-based engagement. Understanding the intersectionality, the presenters discuss the importance of exploring one’s own positionality, identity-consciousness, and biases as a strategy to decrease harm.
Get crucial, actionable takeaways that will help you:
- Understand the social construction of race and gender with greater complexity through the contextualization of Blackness, gender beyond a binary and masculinity – broaden and improve your ability to provide mental health support to Black male students.
- Identify on-campus social and environmental factors which may negatively impact Black men – reduce and remove barriers to engagement, satisfaction and successful degree completion.
- Increase awareness of your own culture, positionality and biases as a strategy to decrease harm – avoid unintentional harm or alienation as a result of a misunderstanding, or lack of knowledge.
- Gain knowledge of the history of systematic oppression, nuanced cultural mores, and heterogeneity among Black men – utilize this information to directly inform your clinical work.
- Discuss strategies for providing empowerment-based psychotherapy and educational interventions to late adolescent/early adult Black men with specific attention to establishing rapport, instillation of hope and deepening coping resources.
Robert Brown (he, him, his) serves as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Outreach in the Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he works alongside students, faculty, and staff to reimagine pedagogy, policy, and programs. Previously, he served as the inaugural Director of Social Justice Education at Northwestern, where he led several curricular and co-curricular institutional social justice education initiatives. He also provides organizational development consultation and training with a focus on social justice, leadership and organizational change. His work centers on dismantling systems of oppression through critical dialogue and reflection intertwined with theoretical concepts.
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Dr. Bill Johnson II is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Chicago, Illinois. He has published articles and delivered presentations at national and international conferences confronting hegemonic masculinities, racism, sexism and advancing the discourse on culturally competent mental health treatment for African American and diverse males. His paper entitled: Towards an anti-sexist Black male identity was published in the APA Journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity, the paper offered a conceptual framework for envisioning an alternative to patriarchal socialization.
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