DSW Candidate – AJ Deloney, MSW, LCSW, 2:30 PM – 3:45PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Been A Long Time Coming: Afrocentric Trauma-Informed Treatment Engagement for the African Male Diaspora

DSW Candidate – AJ Deloney, MSW, LCSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Been A Long Time Coming: Afrocentric Trauma-Informed Treatment Engagement for the African Male Diaspora

This presentation will provide a clear picture of how the intersections of untreated mental illness and increased chronic illness are leading Black men to an early death. It will also highlight the barriers that prevent the African male diaspora from engaging in treatment. It will address the grand challenges of social work, including closing the health gap, advancing long and productive lives, and eliminating racism (Grand Challenges for Social Work, 2024).
This presentation proposes an alternate treatment intervention customized to meet the needs of the African male diaspora within a group setting. The 9-week Afrocentric trauma-informed treatment program will have three objectives:
1. Teach the participants about the importance of their cultural history and ancestral linkages between modern African American and African cultures;
2. psychoeducation—learning more about how mental illness impacts the participants, mentally and physically; and
3. Learn coping strategies like meditation, mindfulness, grounding exercises, and journaling.
This program will increase engagement and retention among Black male participants in therapy by providing them with a safe space conducive to catharsis where, through shared experiences, they can receive mutual support and validation. Through the psychoeducational part of the program, these participants will have an improved understanding of how Black men are impacted by mental illness, will learn what signs of mental illness to look for in others, and, through empowerment, will learn how to have open conversations with friends and family about normalizing mental health services.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Increase awareness of the mental health and life cycle disparities between Black men and other groups.
  2. Learn about the connection between chronic illness, untreated mental illness, and high mortality rates.
  3. Learn about the effectiveness of a 9-week Afrocentric trauma-informed group curriculum for Black men.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.