As a part of its series, Innovations in Counseling, the NBCC Foundation invites you to a no-cost webinar on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 1–2 pm EDT. Live webinars are available at no cost to NCCs and NBCC Foundation scholars and fellows, and documentation of one clock hour of continuing education is available for registrants who attend the full webinar.
Overall, the United States’ population is becoming more diverse, and children from underserved populations have many disadvantages because of circumstances beyond their control. They experience more poverty, unequal educational opportunities, discriminatory practices, trauma, mental health diagnoses, and inadequate mental health services. Mental health professionals who work with children, specifically play therapists, are called to be more responsive to the increasing diversity of the growing population of children.
To support diverse children and support therapists in offering responsive services and advocacy on behalf of minority children, play therapists need to learn how to be strong social justice advocates. Researchers have explored play therapists’ social justice advocacy attitudes, but they have not thoroughly discussed how play therapists can go from attitudes to action to become active social justice advocates serving children of diverse backgrounds. This webinar will discuss how play therapists and other mental health professionals who work with children from minority and other underserved populations can advocate for the children they serve.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
Lauren Chase is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the counselor education and supervision program with a concentration in play therapy and will graduate in May 2021. She is also a clinical therapist in private practice, working with clients across the life span from young children to adults. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina, and she holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Her education and professional career have been focused on culturally responsive child-centered play therapy with children and families. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, high school, university disability services, homeless shelter, and residential facility. She has won awards for her commitment to the field of suicide prevention and for promoting creativity in the counseling profession. Her research interests center on social justice advocacy, trauma, cultural humility, and play therapy.Register
As a part of its series, Innovations in Counseling, the NBCC Foundation invites you to a no-cost webinar on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 1–2 pm EDT. Live webinars are available at no cost to NCCs and NBCC Foundation scholars and fellows, and documentation of one clock hour of continuing education is available for registrants who attend the full webinar.
Counselors often function in leadership roles in various professional settings and have ethical and legal responsibilities to protect the welfare of clients, supervisees, and their communities at large. Many clinicians have or will experience gatekeeping issues in their work, and when working with individuals from minority populations, gatekeeping can be more complex; however, counselors must consider the multicultural intricacies of gatekeeping without compromising professional ethics. These issues may include but are not limited to utilizing gatekeeping practices to protect the public from impaired professionals, who may be colleagues, employees, supervisors/superiors, or supervisees, making these tasks more challenging, overwhelming, and confusing. Therefore, in this presentation, we will address what professional gatekeeping is, share ideas and resources, discuss multicultural considerations and implications, and answer questions participants may have about multicultural gatekeeping.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
Dr. Letitia Browne-James is the founder and owner of Victorious Living Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL), Qualified Clinical Supervisor (FL), and Florida Behavioral Health Case Manager Supervisor with over 10 years of experience working with adults, children, families, and couples in many clinical settings as a counselor and administrator. She is an assistant professor and the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling Program Coordinator at Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and adjunct faculty at Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
Dr. Browne-James is an author, sought-after speaker, researcher, and consultant for issues in mental health, teaching, clinical and administrative supervision, multiculturalism, social justice, advocacy, ethical practices, human trafficking, the intersections of mental and physical health issues, and many other topics. She is the president of the Florida Counseling Association, immediate past treasurer of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and a past-president of the Florida AMCD. She is an active volunteer mentor with the NBCC Foundation and a member of the American Counseling Association, Florida Counseling Association, Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and Orange County Chapters of the NAACP and Bethune-Cookman University’s National Alumni Associations. Additionally, she serves as a non-physician Board Member on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Specialty Board.
Dr. Browne-James is also the recipient of many national and local awards, including: the 2019 National Board for Certified Counselors Excellence in Clinical Mental Health With Underserved Populations Award, the 2019 Black Women Handling Business Women in Medicine Award, Bethune-Cookman University 2019 40 Under 40 Outstanding Alumni Award, the 2017 National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship-Doctoral, the 2017 Chi Sigma Iota-Omega Zeta Chapter Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, the 2017 Valencia College Bridges to Success Woman of Distinction in Health Award, and the 2016 Orlando Strong Florida Governor’s Medal of Unity Award for providing crisis counseling to survivors and family members of the Pulse shooting tragedy in Orlando.Register
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