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What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Black Folks and Other People of Color (BIPOC)

  • Friday, September 23, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
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Presenter: Shawn LeRe’ Brinkley, MS, LFMT

THIS IS A ZOOM EVENT - Registration will close 48 hours before presentation.
Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Registrants must attend full 2 hours to receive 2 CEs..

This presentation is designed to provide clinicians with a greater understanding of the experiences of African-American/Black clients and other people of color in and outside of the therapeutic setting. For clinicians who are Caucasian, this presentation also offers an opportunity to examine one's personal biases, develop empathy that perhaps did not exist previously due to lack of understanding and insight, and deepen the connection with clients of color who may present in their offices. The content addressed will also be of benefit to clinicians of color as the educational systems at most colleges and universities do not offer the information included in the presentation.

Descriptive Narrative:

In 2022, people not of color may be shocked, to hear that the dehumanizing remnants of slavery still paralyzes little black girls and boys sitting in classrooms where the truth is not told as it happened regarding their ancestors. It becomes especially dehumanizing when that black child is living in an area largely inhabited by Caucasian children who may not actually consider him or her as equal. It can feel to that child as though they are on display as the shining example of what "a Black" can achieve if, "They simply pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and took hold of their lives."

Some have said, "See, that one is smart, or speaks the King's English, or wears his pants neatly around his waist." Others, "This little girl, has nice tame curls, not like that girl who has those kinky puffy round things on each side of her head." Are we aware of this history when these children grow up and show up in the therapy room? Do you know they may face the very same challenges in college or later still, in the workplace? Let’s take an inside look, therapeutically. Hold on to your hats!!


  1. Recognize 4 reasons that history and past experiences around race still Impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in 2022.
  2. Identify racial trauma and 3 ways it may present in a client.
  3. Recall 2 key principles to support and assist BIPOC clients in a safe therapeutic enviroment.
  4. Demonstrate 3 situations and how to interact with colleagues in work and social settings.

About the presenter:

Shawn LaRe’ Brinkley, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Transformational Performance Coach, and Speaker/Trainer/Author is best described as a “people” person. Shawn LaRé possesses a magnetic zest for life as her energy is, boundless, her passion, relentless, and her joyous spirit, infectious! Her private practice in Encino, CA is a group practice in which Shawn LaRe’ considers a “teaching practice as she employs and supervises Associate MFTs and ACSWs as well as she is contracted with University of Massachusetts Global, formerly Brandman University as a field training partner. In this role, Shawn LaRe’ works with first and second-year students of clinical social work as their practicum site supervisor.

Additionally, Shawn LaRe’ is pursuing her Doctorate in General Psychology, with an emphasis in Performance Psychology and recently traveled to Trinidad & Tobago to deliver her first TEDx TALK, entitled “When the Fairy-tale Fades”. Brinkley considers herself a lifelong learner as well as a teacher of her acquired life lessons. She lives life on “full tilt boogie” and believes love, laughter, and ADHD are her superpowers.

Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, AND/or LEPs. IE-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CE Provider # 62278

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