Racial Literacy for Therapeutic Encounters: Reducing Racial Stress for African American Children, Youth and Families

Presenter: Howard C. Stevenson, PhD

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017 *

*This is a new date for the program. The original date was January 21st.

Time: 9 am - 1 pm | 4 CEs
(Registration & light refreshments begins at 8:30 am)
Lankenau Hospital
Auditorium-Main Hospital Entrance- Lobby A
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Conference Parking included, Garage B

Click here for mail-in registration form.

About the Program:
Given the national unrest regarding racial conflict, injustice, and activism, there are many concerns about how children and families make emotional sense of this turmoil in their relationships. Parents and teachers question how best to raise their children within this climate of instability, and how these politics influence their emotional well-being. This interactive workshop will focus on research and therapeutic approaches to help clinicians develop the skills of racial literacy to help parents, children, and teachers navigate the emotional and psychological trauma of racial stress, rejection and inequity toward healthy academic and emotional coping.

Through the use of videos, role-playing, in the moment and face to face racial encounters relevant to social worker clinical experiences, participants will learn basic skills in racial socialization and literacy for clinical purposes. Relevant questions are, “How can clinicians talk to families about stressful racial issues in the therapeutic relationship? “How might clinicians help families to talk to their children about race? What does the research say about the emotional effects of racial stress on youth and families of color? What cognitive-behavior techniques can be used to reduce the stress of difficult ITM and FTF racial encounters?”

About the Presenter:
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at Penn, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, and justice institutions.  Dr. Stevenson is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy for independent and public K-12 schools, community mental health centers, teachers, police and parents. He is involved with two mental health research projects funded by National Institutes of Health to examine the benefits of racial literacy. The PLAAY Project (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) uses basketball and racial socialization to help youth and parents cope with stress from violence and social rejection. Dr. Stevenson also co-leads SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project, which trains Black barbers as health educators while they are cutting hair- to teach Black 18-24 year old males to reduce their risk of HIV, STDS and retaliation violence. His recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, is designed to reduce racial threat reactions in face to face encounters. He is the father of two boys, Bryan and Julian.

Clinical Objectives:

  • Participants will be taught to recognize and reduce their racial stress reactions during racial interactions with others.
  • Participants will learn to use racial literacy mindfulness to reduce their racial stress reactions during clinical situations.
  • Participants will develop skills to resolve racial conflict situations to promote more positive racial interactions with clients.
  • Participants will practice racial literacy skills and the cognitive-behavioral approaches behind those skills in role-play situations relevant to their work

8:30 AM -  9:00 AM                  Registration & Refreshments
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM                 Overview of racial socialization and literacy theory, model and research
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM               Practice racial storytelling, stress awareness and management skills
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM               Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM               Addressing racial encounter challenges in social work for participants
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM               Practicing healthy racial comeback lines and role-play strategies
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM                 Demonstration role-plays and Q and A

Registration Information:
You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card using the form below. Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount. All conference fees include a CE certificate. If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
For New Jersey Social Workers: This program is approved for 4 CE credits. Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).
For Delaware Social Workers: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9 AM until 1 PM.
Time will be strictly enforced.

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • January 14, 2017
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm