The Need for Culturally Competent Treatment: African American Women & Depression

The Need for Culturally Competent Treatment: African American Women & Depression

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When:  Oct 22, 2021 from 12:00 to 13:00 (ET)
The Need for Culturally Competent Treatment: African American Women & Depression
with Bernice Roberts Kennedy, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC and Chalice C. Rhodes, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, TPMC 

According to Villarroel & Terlizzi (2020), in 2019, 1 in 5 adults aged 18 and older experienced depressive symptoms in the past 2 weeks; women were more likely than men to experience depressive symptoms; 19.3% of non- Hispanic Black adults experienced any severity of depressive symptoms in the past two weeks. One might make an educated to guess to surmise that depression rates are likely higher among African- American women as depression may be underreported among African American women due to the Strong Black Woman archetype and may be undetected by healthcare providers. There is a need for culturally competent treatment in assessing and diagnosing depression among African American women. Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Rhodes will help participants analyze the historical perspectives of African American women and challenges they have faced. The Multifaceted Model of Depression in African American Women will be explained. Participants will have the opportunity to explore strategies for improving health outcomes of African American women with depression.

- Define depression
- Analyze the historical perspective of African American women and challenges associated with various struggles, forms of oppression and negative character stereotypes
- Explain the Multifaceted Model of Depression African American women
- Explore strategies for improving health outcomes of African American women with depression

About the Presenters:

Dr. Bernice Roberts Kennedy received a Ph.D. in Health Services from Walden University. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Kennedy is a nationally board-certified Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Presently, Dr. Kennedy is a Senior Practitioner at BRK Psychiatric Mental Health Services, LLC. This practice provides a holistic approach to mental health services focusing on the biopsychosocial-spiritual/cultural aspects of the person. Also, Dr. Kennedy is a Senior Consultant for BRK Global Healthcare Consulting Firm, LLC. This firm provides consulting on research, grants, and education. During her career, Dr. Kennedy worked as a researcher, educator, and clinician. As a researcher, she worked in various organizations in health services and academia. Dr. Kennedy has worked as a research faculty in diverse roles during her work experiences. She served as Chair, Mentor, and Research Method Expert for doctoral students in completing their dissertations. Also, Dr. Kennedy’s current research studies have focused on vulnerable populations and issues related to mental health, health equity, health disparities, access to care, utilization of health services, and health outcomes. Dr. Kennedy is the founder of the BRK Global Healthcare Journal. Also, Dr. Kennedy is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and published numerous journal articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has written self-help books on mental health issues and several health services books. Dr. Kennedy just completed a book chapter on African Americans and Depression: The Development of a Culturally Competent Depression Scale for Reducing Treatment Disparities published in Issues and Development in Health Research, BP International Book Publication Company. Dr. Kennedy was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. Her greatest passion is working with a family outreach ministry in the community.

Dr. Chalice C. Rhodes, affectionately known as Dr. Chalice, has been licensed as both a Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Counselor since 2008. In 2008, she also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Services, with a specialization in Counseling Studies from Capella University. In 2020, she became a Board Certified- TeleMental Health Provider and Florida Telehealth Provider and began her private practice, Dr. Chalice C. Rhodes, Licensed Professional Counselor, LLC. At various points in time, over the years, she has specialized in therapy with youth, couples, families, groups, and women. Dr. Chalice's private practice focuses on helping women, men, couples, and groups navigate life transitions while prioritizing and preserving their health and wellness. Experiencing much success with the therapeutic outcomes for her clients, Dr. Chalice’s professional counseling style is compassionate, empathic, and results- driven. Her passion to serve the people has been evident since her childhood dream to enter a helping profession. Over the last 23 years her combined experience includes holding various positions in the human services field and teaching psychology, counseling, and therapy classes in higher education. Please visit her website at to access her published research and other scholarly works.

Current AMHCA Student and Emerging Professionals Members: FREE!

Current AMHCA Members in Other Categories: $10

Non-Members: $20

AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE for this webinar to all attendees who are registered and attend for 45 minutes or longer. Attendees must view the presentation using the Zoom application on their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Attendance will not be counted for those dialing in by telephone only. American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. More provider information can be found here. All sales are final - webinar registrations are non-refundable.


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