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First Friday Forum: The Chasm: African American Men and Behavioral Health
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, February 07, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

The Chasm: African American Men and Behavioral Health

Friday, February 7, 2020

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reception: 12:00 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

This program will review a brief psychological examination of African American men from a Black-Psychology perspective. The presentation will include the historical micro and macro socio-economic events that have shaped their lives as partners, workers, and family members. These events include hidden health and social justice disparities that create a "chasm" with care-givers when seeking help. In addition, the impact of ACES and Adverse Community Experiences on their adaptation and resilience will be discussed. Attendees will be able to adapt their methodology to engage Black men in psychotherapy, and how to appropriately respond to their needs when strong emotions emerge during the healing process.

A reception will follow the event honoring Tabitha Grier-Reed, Ph.D., LP, with the John M. Taborn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology by a Person of African Descent.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of Black Psychology, useful for all cultural groups.
  2. Recognize the hidden life barriers faced by African American men.
  3. Demonstrate at least three new culturally-competent behavioral health methods.

About the Presenter:

Willie Garrett, M.S., LP, CAEP, Ed.D., received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and an Ed.D. in Organization Development and Training from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  He is a Licensed Psychologist currently working in a generalist private practice serving a diverse population of clients. He is a long-standing member of MPA who has served as the Chief Professional Officer and is currently the President-Elect. He has also served on the Multi-Cultural/Diversity, Rural and Greater, Payer, and Legislative committees, as well as the Governing Counsel and Executive Committee.  Willie is the current president of the Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists and member of the National Association of Black Psychologists. He has previously worked in both managed care and non-profit behavioral health centers.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome!

Click here to view and download a PDF registration flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by January 31 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after January 31 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.