African American Mental Health & Best Practices

It has become a critical need to examine the historical trauma of African Americans in determining the basis and outcomes of mental health issues within the community. This course addresses areas related to race, demographic characteristics, historical factors and sociopolitical issues for African Americans and how they influence and impact mental health. Specific topics such as identity, cultural values, religion and spirituality, traditional health beliefs, gender role socialization and social class are discussed. This course also examines influential contemporary issues and practices.

Who Should Attend

Those who are interested in examining social problems in cultural, historical, and current political contexts; who seek to understand social problems from multiple perspectives; and who would like to investigate the opportunity of change among individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of demographic characteristics and influences for African American individuals, families and communities, such as within-group differences, social class and cultural values
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of sociopolitical and historical issues for African American communities
  3. Increase awareness of culture and cultural values of African American individuals, families and communities, including the roles of religion, spirituality, gender role, racial identity development and the intersection of multiple identities


Access to Course Site
Look for an email approximately one week prior to the course start date with instructions on setting up your username and password and how to access the online course site.

Course Requirements
This is an instructor-facilitated, online, asynchronous (self-paced) course. You are required to have regular access to a computer with an internet connection (with the recommendation of having a high-speed connection such as DSL or cable modem). You are also required to have a recent version of Microsoft Office Suite or comparable program to include Microsoft Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets) and PowerPoint (presentations) in order to both view and create documents needed to participate in this course.

Each week you receive readings and assignments to complete. Each week you are expected to log in and complete assignments within the deadlines given in order to be awarded CEUs and the certificate of completion. However, within the deadline, you can complete the readings and assignments at your leisure.

Certificates of Completion are mailed within two weeks after the last day of class.

Dates and locations to be announced.


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