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Deep, Dark, Secret

A Closer Look at Mental Illness

in the African American Community

Free Web Conference

Tuesday, July 31st at 1:30pm CDT

CEUs Available ($10 fee per person)

Please join us Tuesday, July 31st, at 1:30PM CDT for a free web conference called, Deep, Dark, Secret:  A Closer Look at Mental Illness in the African American Community.  This program may be seen by clicking the links above.  No pre-registration is required.
Program Description:

This web conference will examine the taboo subject of mental illness in the African American community. It will explore topics surrounding the causes of the illness, the reason for the secret, and the need to break the silence.

Learning objectives-

This web conference will explore:

  • The major mental health issues in the African American community, their causes and effects on physical health
  • Why mental health remains such a taboo subject amongst the African American community
  • The role of the clergy in combating the stigma against mental illness
  • Mental Health First Aid-an education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders

Program Presenters:

Vetta Sanders Thompson, currently on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, the Brown School, was an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health, at Saint Louis University. Dr. Thompson’s research has covered a broad range of issues addressing health and mental health. Her research includes developing and applying measurement tools to assess ethnic/racial identity, racism, discrimination and stressful life events, and socio-cultural determinants and correlates of health and mental health in African Americans. Dr. Thompson served as the PI for the Elimika Project of the St. Louis University 4C (Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research). The study followed 820 African American males and females at 2-, 12-, and 22-weeks post-enrollment and addressed the communication effects culturally appropriate print materials. Other funded research has addressed the impact of psychotherapy protocols related to the discussion of race and their impact on therapy ratings and therapeutic outcomes, as well as the psychological impact of perceived experiences of discrimination.

Jermine D. Alberty, BSB/M works currently at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health as the Mental Health First Aid Training Director in the Child and Family Mental Health Services division. Jermine received his undergraduate degree at the University of Phoenix, and is currently working towards a Master of Divinity at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He has over 20 years of experience in human service-oriented positions within non-profits, churches and the city of Kansas City, Missouri. He has worked in the mental health field for seven years and worked for Comprehensive Mental Health Services as the Coordinator of Staff Development and Community Education before joining MIMH. He is a statewide trainer of Cultural Competency in Mental Health Services and a National Trainer of Mental Health First Aid.

If this will be your first time joining one of these presentations, no pre-registration is required, but we do encourage you to view our test video at your convenience.  This may be seen by clicking here.

Thank you for your interest in our programs.  Our website, www.MIMHTraining.com, is constantly updated with information regarding all of our training programs, now available in two live and two enduring formats.  We hope you find these programs useful.

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