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The Hidden Cultural Behaviors of African Americans

You may earn this many credits: 1.0

Willie Garrett, MS, LP, CEAP, Ed.D.
1.0 Hour
Audio and Video


African-Americans reside in all seventy-seven minnesota counties, but almost all of the Black psychologists practice in the twin cities. There are only twenty-five licensed Black psychologists in the state; who also serve other communities of color. The African-American community is underserved and the demand cannot be met by Black psychologists alone. In addition, rural psychologists do not have access to training on African-American clients. This is a training to support the cultural-competence of all psychologists. The training will focus on obscure aspects of Black culture, non-verbal behaviors impacting psychotherapy, racial justice, and effective strategies for working with African-Americans.


  1. Analyze African American emotions and behaviors from a cultural perspective.
  2. Recognize appropriate clinical boundaries and engagement with African American clients.
  3. Recognize the common discomforts psychologists experience with African American clients.   
  4. Apply effective strategies in clinical practice with African Americans.

Introductory: This program is for psychologists, other mental health professionals, and students

This session qualifies for 1 continuing education credit. You must attend the full program to receive continuing education credit.

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.



Willie Garrett, MS, LP, CEAP, Ed.D. Related seminars and products

Willie Garrett, Ed.D., M.S., LP, CAEP, has worked as a licensed psychologist for forty years. His specialty is child-adolescent, but also generalist services with adults, elders, transracial adoption, rural cultures, trauma recovery, critical incidents, organization development, employee assistance, and counseling using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Garrett has been the director of several large integrated care behavioral health clinics; and Clinical Director of an international employee assistance service. Dr. Garrett was the 2020 MPA President, and maintains a small private practice. He has been on the board of Capella University, Adoptive Families of America, the Employee Assistance Society of North America, Minnesota-ABPsi, chair of the MPA Rural Division, and on the executive committee and governing council of MPA.

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