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Friday Forum Encore: African American Adolescents: Building Resilience and Self-Efficacy
Friday, February 11, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: Friday Forum Encore (CE)

Friday Forum Encore: African American Adolescents: Building Resilience and Self-Efficacy

Friday, February 11, 2022

This program will be held virtually via Zoom. Details with instruction on how to view the webinar will be sent to all registrants the day before the program (2/10).

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

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

About the Program:

This program qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits.

Adolescence is a critical developmental stage that is necessary for a healthy adult adjustment. African American adolescents have tremendous potential for success in adulthood but are derailed by disruptive developmental experiences. Many of the teens and their families lack the resources and strategies to buffer the effects of negative emotional experiences; and the consequence is underachievement, substance abuse, and integrating dysfunctional behaviors. Therapists are often puzzled by the protective behaviors that black teens have adapted to cope and survive in systems that do not value their abilities and rights. This presentation will explore the psychological world of black adolescents and ways to help them achieve success.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe demographics on black adolescents
  2. Describe disruptors into the disruptors of adolescent development
  3. Explain the impact of chronic stressors on brain development
  4. Explain gender impacts from trauma
  5. List culturally appropriate buffers to stress
  6. Compare Black Psychology treatment approaches to mainstream therapy.


About the Presenter:

Willie Garrett, M.S., LP, CEAP, Ed.D., has worked as a licensed psychologist for over forty years in a variety of urban and rural settings.  He is the former Behavioral Health Director of several large integrated care clinics.  Dr. Garrett has served on the boards of Capella University, Adoptive Families of America, and the Employee Assistance Society of North America.  Dr. Garrett was the 2020 President of the Minnesota Psychological Association and is the current President of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.

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 to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]


Registration Pricing:

Member Type MPA Member Non-Member Student Retired-Member (No CE credit)
Fee $60 $95 $15               $30


*Retired members have the option to pay the regular member rate to receive CE credit or take advantage of the discounted price with no CE.

MPA wants all members to have access to quality CE opportunities. If you are an MPA member and due to COVID-19 you are unable to work full time and can’t pay the full registration fee, please contact [email protected] to make other arrangements with staff.

Registration is now closed

Click here to view and download a PDF program flyer and registration form.