Understanding the Impact of Racism on Psychosis for Black Americans
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Expires on Jul 08, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 07/08/2022 - 07/08/2025


FREE - $0
Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.  

This webinar will focus on understanding the impact of structural, institutional, and interpersonal racism on etiology, diagnosis, engagement with services, pathways to care, and long-term outcomes for Black Americans with psychosis. Attendees will understand the enduring impact of racism on services for Black consumers with psychosis and preliminary work on solutions to better meet the needs of Black consumers and their families


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

This presentation was recorded on June 16, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  •  Discuss reflect on the impact of structural and institutional racism on the prodromal phase of psychosis and pathways to care. 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of barriers to engaging clients of color in FEP care. 
  • Implement novel approaches to improving engagement and outcomes for clients of color. 

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Medical students and other mental health professionals   

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: July 8, 2022
End Date: July 8, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including 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 (non-physicians) showing the completion 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 activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this activity have been mitigated.

Program Presenters

  • Beshaun Davis, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the department of psychiatry. His research focuses on elucidating barriers to implementing evidenced-based practices for early psychosis, with an emphasis on how these barriers affect the pathways to care, access, engagement, and outcomes of individuals of color. Dr. Davis’ work centers the experiences of consumers through participatory research methods to work in tandem with those with lived experiences to develop novel intervention strategies to better outcomes for clients of color. To that end, he is currently investigating the impact of cultural factors such as skepticism of medical institutions and cultural beliefs about psychosis on engaging in care. Dr. Davis has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.     

Program Planners

  • Regina James, M.D., APA Chief of Diversity and Health Equity ,American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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