Trauma Informed Approach: Engaging African American Men

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Conference offers help to heal Black men


Mental health professionals  learn about the need to address  historical trauma


By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


“Trauma Informed Approach: Engaging African American Men” examines the social dilemma of what, perceptibly, is wrong with Black men. In an enlightening, three-hour session, Samuel Simmons, LADC, looked at chronic problems and proposed viable solutions. Cultural competence. It’s one of those psychobabble catch phrases psychologists, social workers and others in the business of behavioral counseling love to throw around to sound up to date on cutting-edge concepts dealing with people of color, right before they launch into a litany of five-dollar words to legitimize fancy notions that would sail right over the heads of the clients whose interests they claim to be invested in serving. Enter Samuel Simmons, who provides expert counseling, education and advocacy at The Family Partnership, presented a down-to-earth, comprehensive talk at the event Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Wellness Conference on June 21. Continue Reading →

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