Deep, Dark, Secret: A Closer Look at Mental Illness in the African American Community

Deep, Dark, Secret: A Closer Look at Mental Illness in the African American Community


Tuesday, July 31 at 1:30pm CDT (lasts approximately 1 hour)

Registration Fee:

Free (CEU for $10 fee)

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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

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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.


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We offer the following accreditation which is available during the Web Conference, via a link below the video window: The University of Missouri-St Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this activity.MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri.

Missouri Institute of Mental is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)TM approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. MIMH is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This program has been approved for 1 clock hour of continuing education credit.

Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
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