This online training is streaming live on the 17th June 2022.
The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 19th June. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.
Extensive studies focus on body image and the consequences for mental health. Unfortunately, a scarcity of research examined body image within the context of Black families’ experiences. Issues surrounding body images among Black people must be understood within the broader historical, social, cultural, and familial experiences in which they exist. Too often, therapists focus on treating Black people who struggle with body image without this thorough understanding of the unique experiences of Black families. For example, how do particular Black families think about body image and how is this passed from one generation to the next? Moreover, how have oppressive structures shaped ideas about the Black body? Centuries of enslavement fractured Black family life through forced separation and other violent means. Through forced separation and the use of physical features (height, weight, body size, skin complexion, etc.) this determined one’s value. Slavery would create a structure that deemed the Black body as property to be owned, controlled, and devalued. This presentation centers the history of and role of the Black family as an integral part in understanding how one might begin to approach treating body image issues among Black clients.
Key themes addressed in the presentation include history, enslavement, Black family-life, racialized trauma, systemic racism, media’s role, misogyny, and culturally affirming and sensitive approaches.
This presentation provides participants with a historical and cultural understanding of the role of the Black family when offering therapy to Black clients faced with body image issues. Therapists will come away from this session with an awareness of culturally affirming and sensitive approaches as well as understand how personal biases can influence their treatment of Black clients. Moreover, therapists will develop interviewing skills and techniques that allow them to begin to think about and ask questions that get at the multigenerational factors that could be shaping clients’ body image awareness. In addition to beginning to develop an understanding of the role of Black family dynamics in body image, participants will learn about psychoeducational tools and techniques as these relate to conducting therapy with Black families.
Participants will understand historical and cultural roles of the Black family when offering therapy to Black clients faced with body image issues
- Disruption of family dynamics during slavery era
- Multigenerational Transmission Process
- Value based on physical features (height, weight, body size, skin complexion, etc.)
Participants will understand social media’s role on body image within Black families.
- Social Media platforms
- Rap Culture
- Sexualzation of women
Participants will learn about psychoeducational tools and techniques as these relate to conducting therapy with Black families
- Cultural sensitivity
- Recognize, highlight, and challenge personal biases
- Brief highlights of therapeutic models (Bowen, Strategic, and Structural)
About the Speaker
Charlece “Charlie” Bishop is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a passion to help create change in you. She has worked with clients transitioning into corporate America, relational or marital issues, anxiety, depression, and issues with self-esteem. Charlie has a passion for eating disorders and aims to bring awareness to the Black community.
Charlie provides a safe space for you to be vulnerable while learning skills to create change. She believes that change comes in the form of desire and dedication met with thoughts and emotions. Charlie’s clients often enter therapy for the first time confused, and unsure how to handle life. Charlie teaches how to manage and cope with chaos, process childhood memories, and work through uncomfortable emotions.
Education and Memberships:
University of Alabama – Masters of Human Development and Family Studies
University of South Alabama – Bachelors of Science (Psychology)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – Member
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy – Member
Alabama Marriage and Family Therapy Network – Member
Couples and Intimate Relationships Network – Member
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals – Member
African-American Eating Disorders Professional Committee
CPD & CE credits available: 6
How do I receive these credits? The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this. The post-test is included in the price of the training.
Does my regulatory body accept the credits? The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.
Our trainings are accredited by:
- The CPD Group, London
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
- Australian Counselling Association