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Anti-Racism: Clinical Training for Mental Health Professionals

This event will be live on November 14th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Systemic racism negatively impacts healthcare access, treatment engagement and completion, and the effectiveness of mental health care. Hence, evidence-informed and community-centred anti-racist care needs to be embedded into different healthcare settings, including hospitals and mental health clinics. A critical aspect of anti-racist care is implementing clinically applicable, guided by the best practices of psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation training to increase the professional capacity of mental health professionals. Notably, didactic and lecture-based training have been found to be ineffective in shifting biases and reducing prejudice to transform clinical practices.  

Acceptance-commitment, contextual behavioural science, and critical race theories were integrated to create this evidence-informed anti-racist clinical training for mental health professionals. Along with developing self-reflective skills to identify personal and systemic bias, prejudice, and racism interfering with the quality of provided mental health care, the training will offer concrete clinical (e.g., case conceptualization) and organizational techniques and practices that could be integrated to create psychological safety and improve outcomes for racialized populations. The five learning objectives of this clinical anti-racist are:  

  • Enhance understanding and expand knowledge on key concepts associated with anti-racist clinical care and their impact on psychopathologies, mental health, assessments, and intervention relevance and response. Examples of key concepts include racial traumas, systemic adversities, and the theory of intersectionality. 
  • Understanding the limitations and possible oppressions associated with some assessment and intervention practices in the context of racial traumas, systemic adversities, and related interlocking identities and experiences and how to address them using evidence-informed practices. 
  • Learning to engage in mindfulness and distress tolerance exercises to personal and professional resistance to engage in anti-racist clinical work 
  • Incorporating anti-racist clinical practices at three levels: clinical (assessment, intervention, and consultation), relational, and organizational 
  • Receiving support in integrating a data-informed progress monitoring system into anti-racist organizational outcomes  

Those who view the live or recorded webinar will be eligible to obtain continuing education credits. Earn 8 Continuing Education (CE) credits from the Canadian Psychological Association for attending this event. The webinar is available for 12 months from the live event.

Hexagon Psychology (formerly Build Great Teams) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Hexagon Psychology maintains responsibility for the program. The CPA’s approval of an individual, group, or organization as a CE Sponsor or Provider is restricted to the activities described in the approved application or annual report form. The CPA’s approval does not extend to any other CE activity the Sponsor or Provider might offer. In granting its approval, the CPA assumes no legal or financial obligations to Sponsors, Providers, or to those individuals who might participate in a Sponsor or Provider’s CE activities or programs. Further, responsibility for the content, provision, and delivery of any CE activity approved by the CPA remains that of the CE Sponsor or Provider. The CPA disclaims all legal liability associated with the content, provision, and delivery of the approved CE activity.

Presenter information

Dr. Maisha Syeda, Psychologist

Dr. Maisha Syeda, C. Psych is a licensed clinical, counselling, and school psychologist in Ontario. Dr. Syeda is a clinician scientist and adjunct research professor at Western University and researches school and community interventions to promote the mental health of refugee children, youth, and families. Additionally, she leads clinical and organizational training and scholarship on supporting mental health clinicians in integrating anti-racist and anti-oppressive clinical practices in different settings, including pediatric hospitals, mental health agencies, and schools. Dr. Syeda is also affiliated with Toronto Psychology Centre and Sunrise Psychology.

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