May 10, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Online continuing education workshop

2023 Professional Continuing Education Online Webinar

Decolonized Healing: Understanding Treatment in the Native Community

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Online Workshop – 1.5 CE Credits

Fee: $25/person

FREE for Active PBC Volunteer Clinicians

Featured Presenter: Mercia Cummings, LCPC

Session Description: Native Americans and Alaskan Natives have experienced many inequities since European contact, including the Federal Government policies that forced the removal of indigenous off their land, culture and being placed in boarding schools, which led to the separation of families. In this training, participants will work to understand the impact of intergenerational trauma, including traumatic stress, attachment, PTSD, and resiliency. At the end, participants will also develop basic understanding and strategies to assist NA/AI to build emotional awareness, self-regulation, community healing, integrating cultural wisdom into services and practices.

Learning Objectives:

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

• Describe factors of generational historical and cultural trauma in the consideration of behavioral health treatment with American Indians and Alaska Natives

• Explain three implementation strategies to use practice based (culture and community alongside of evidence-based practices with American Indians and Alaska Natives with the utilization of trauma informed practice

• Evaluate cultural barriers to treatment engagement

• Identify two techniques to develop self-awareness and integrate it into trauma informed treatment

Presenter Bio: Mercia Cummings, LCPC

Mercia Cummings is an Afro Indigenous Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Approved Supervisor, comes with 25 years in the mental health field. She is the Clinical Director at Native American LifeLines, as well as the co- owner of Illumine LLC a mental health private practice in Southern Maryland. Mercia comes with holistic values and utilizes a broader cultural lens, as well as healing traditions that include being a registered 500 Hour Yoga Instructor, Mindfulness Educator, and Second Level Reiki Practitioner. Having worked in various supportive capacities with underserved communities, including individuals with development disabilities, homeless shelters, girls group home, domestic violence shelter, children experiencing trauma and other non-profit agencies; she recognizes the impact trauma has on the individual, family and community; especially the Native/Indigenous communities in the United States.

Mercia is charismatic and passionate approach is strongly influenced by her Indigenous culture (Piscataway Conoy) and Buddhist faith, she is able to use creative, holistic, eclectic and energized approach to encourage her clients to connect to their authentic selves, mind, body and spirit. She believes in healing not just impacting the individual, but the community through language, music, arts, and culture. Mercia is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. providing face to face and tele mental health to engage her clients.

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 – pending) 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.

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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The views expressed by the workshop presenter(s) and participants are their own opinions and do not represent Pro Bono Counseling, and do not imply an endorsement of them or the organizations they represent.