Addressing Racism in the Practice of Mental Health

Racial inequality has long been an issue in the field of mental health. As mental health professionals it is imperative to understand these issues to be prepared to assist clients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. This training will focus on the racial tensions and trauma that impact people of color within the mental health field. The training will identify how racial trauma is incurred and expressed within therapy and how to appropriately and sensitively address it within session.


Date: Saturday, Feb 6, 2021

Time: Sign-In: 9:30am EST – Workshop: 10:00am EST-12:00pm EST

Location: Online, Real-Time, Interactive via Zoom

Cost:     $39 early registration through Jan 30

$45 after Jan 30

$30 Groups of 3+

Presenter: Shardae Washington, LMFT

CEU Credits: 2.0 Maryland and DC Category 1 Social Work CEUs – Accepted for many other mental health professionals (see below for details)


 Shardae Washington is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Virginia. She received her Master’s in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has a wealth of experience within the mental health field but more importantly, my specialty is working with underserved families of color with recognizing, identifying and addressing the contextual factors that impact families that have been barriers to obtaining the education and the success that they desire. Ms. Washington works in the Prince George School District as a supervisor for the Therapeutic Day Treatment and Community Based Counseling Program for almost 8 ½ years.

Ms. Washington also provides trainings on various topics including racism within the Black community, providing therapy for people of color and Person of the Therapist issues to a multitude of agencies including Norfolk Department of Social Services, the VALPCA, etc.

She has a vibrant and energetic personality uses her great gifts to facilitating trainings for various agencies and platforms. Ms. Washington has a great passion for families and couples but in addition to that, she has dedicated her focus on social and racial issues as well as exploring the needs and growth of the African American community. She is a caring and compassionate therapist who works diligently to support and guide her clients through their journeys through life.


CEU Credit Info


Our CEU credits are accepted for: 

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
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Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. To briefly explore race relations within America’s history between POC (People of Color)
  2. To define Racial Trauma and to explore its impact on client’s mental health and how it will impact treatment within therapy
  3. To discuss mental health provider’s role to addressing the racial tension and trauma
  4. To evoke respectful but open and honest dialogue regarding the mistreatment of People of Color and to address the mistrust for mental health providers
  5. To provide education around how to attempt to create strong therapeutic relationships and address cultural differences in the context of therapy of AA families

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