Understanding African American Female Mental Health
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Expires on Aug 10, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

This webinar focuses on equipping behavioral health professionals with statistical and treatment considerations focusing on empowering the mental health and wellbeing of African American females. We will highlight unique experiences, circumstances and stress factors that impact the mental health of African American females, and best practices to treatment and resources. This activity additionally focuses on stigma, trauma and COVID-19 considerations that impact the mental health and wellbeing of African American females. Through this activity participants will have an understanding of cultural and gender considerations on African American female mental health and how to navigate these considerations through resources and therapeutic relationships. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on July 29, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the unique stress factors that impact the mental health of African American women and girls and strategies to reduce mental distress 
  • Integrate racially and culturally sensitive treatment alternatives when working with African American females in a therapeutic environment 
  • Utilize resources and therapeutic tools to aid in facilitating the positive mental wellness of African American females. 

Target Audience

Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, medical students, and other mental health professionals  

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: August 10, 2021
Program End Date: August 10, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Lauren Carson is the Founder of Black Girls Smile Inc., she knows firsthand how important it is to work toward smiling fully and wholly. At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with clinical depression, and I knew the only way for her to live a full and meaningful life was to focus on my mental wellbeing. However, on her journey to mental healthiness, she found an immense lack of racially sensitive resources and understanding and awareness within the African American community toward mental health and mental illness and specifically geared toward young black girls. She has vowed to make it her life’s work to ensure others did not experience the same difficulties and were provided the resources and support to lead mentally healthy lives. 


  • Nitin Gogtay, M.D., APA Chief of Research, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
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