March 14, 2024 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Online continuing education workshop

Pro Bono Counseling

2024 Professional Continuing Education Online Webinar

Black Bereavement Crisis: Unearthing the Impact of Grief in African American Communities

Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Online Workshop – 1.5 CE Credits

Fee: $19/person

FREE for Active PBC Volunteer Clinicians

Featured Presenter: Doneila McIntosh, MDiv, M.A.

Session Description: There is a black bereavement crisis, deeply rooted in the disproportionate rates of premature death and loss experienced by African Americans. This crisis spans both violent deaths, such as homicide and deaths following police encounters, and health disparities, including alarmingly high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the United States. Scholars have postulated that the structural pandemic of racism has led to a troubling acceptance of the magnitude of black grief and loss within the fabric of American society. This presentation aims to shed light on the current context of the Black Bereavement crisis.

The presentation explores how the perpetuation of empathic failures, or the absence of empathy, exacerbates disenfranchised grief for African American families. Additionally, the session will discuss culturally attuned interventions designed to support African Americans as they navigate the complex landscape of grief and loss. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of this critical issue and learn how to contribute to the healing and well-being of affected communities.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the current context of the Black Bereavement crisis.
  • Analyze the perpetuation of empathic failures, or how the absence of empathy exacerbates grief for African American families.
  • Identify culturally attuned interventions designed to support African Americans as they navigate the complex landscape of grief and loss.

Presenter Bio: Doneila McIntosh, MDiv, M.A.

Doneila McIntosh M.Div., M.A., is currently a third-year doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Doneila has a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (M.A.). She is psychotherapist at the African American Child Wellness Institute (AACWI) in Minneapolis. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she worked as a chaplain for nearly 10 years. A systemic interventionist, Doneila primarily works with couples and families. She specializing in compassionate grief therapy helping clients navigate the intersections of trauma, grief, and loss. She utilizes the African Centered Wellness Model© to work with clients and is also trained in a variety of modalities including Mindfulness Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC). Doneila’s research aligns with her previous work as a chaplain where she explores the intersections of disenfranchised grief among African American families, particularly in the aftermath of violent death.

Workshop registrants will receive a code prior to the webinar to log on to Zoom and participate in the online session.

IMPORTANT: Attendance will be monitored. Participants must be logged on to the meeting by the workshop start time and participate in the entire event in order to earn CE credit.

Pro Bono Counseling is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Pro Bono Counseling maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Maryland Boards of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors and Therapists certify that this program meets the criteria for 1.5 credit hours of continuing education for social workers (Category 1), professional counselors, and therapists (Category A) licensed in Maryland.

CE credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops. Attendance is monitored. Credit will not be granted to registrants who log on late or depart early from a session. It is the responsibility of registrants to comply with these requirements.

Please note that upon attendance verification, you will receive your CE certificate within four weeks via email. Please add Pro Bono Counseling to your contacts and check your SPAM folder to ensure delivery.

By registering for this event, all participants agree to abide by the following code of conduct:

Workshop Code of Conduct

Pro Bono Counseling (PBC) is dedicated to providing a positive continuing education experience for everyone of all backgrounds and identities. We do not tolerate disrespectful behavior or harassment of workshop participants, facilitators, or PBC staff in any form. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of characteristics that include but are not limited to: gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, citizenship, veteran status, pregnancy status, race, ethnicity, or religion. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, PBC may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund.

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