October 2020 Café — A Moment of Truth: Exploring Culturally Informed Care (Online Session via Zoom)

  • 10/09/2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • Santa Cruz CAMFT Members (w/CEU Certificate Included)
  • Non-Members (w/CEU Certificate Included)
  • Non-Members (without CEU Certificate)

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October 2020 Café CAMFT

A Moment of Truth: Exploring Culturally Informed Care
A Candid Discussion with White Therapists of Santa Cruz County

October 9, 2020
8:45 am - 11:00 am

Note: Zoom room opens 15-30 minutes early for casual networking
and stays open 10 minutes after the end of the Cafe. 

Presented by:

Professor Jason Seals

The police-sanctioned, high-profile killings of Black Americans: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and more, have led to numerous marches, protests, and vigils throughout the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement has shed some light on the injustices facing Black communities and has provided a statement of affirmation that Black lives do indeed matter. Black boys and men are devalued and over-criminalized in society. 

Workshop Overall Educational Goal:

The training is intended to increase the capacity of clinicians, especially white clinicians, to understand the intersecting forms of oppression that harm people of African ancestry. Additionally, the training will increase knowledge of culturally centered practices for wellness.  

Session Objectives:

Help clients talk openly about the profound mental health consequences that racial traumas may have on people within historically oppressed populations.

Define and discuss the importance of cultural centered healing practices.

Introduce and explore African psychological theoretical approaches to support holistic wellness.

Describe and define implicit bias, micro and macro-aggressions.

About the Presenter:

Jason Seals currently serves as Department Chair of Ethnic Studies and Professor of African American Studies at Merritt College, where his work focuses on student preparation and development, innovative instructional practices, curriculum development, concurrent enrollment and institutional learning outcomes. Jason earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from San Jose State University. After serving children and families in the East Bay for several years, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Africana Studies from University at Albany SUNY and a second Master’s in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the Merritt College faculty, Jason was the Program Director at Leadership Excellence, a non- profit organization committed to educating and empowering African American youth for personal and social change.

Jason has over nineteen years of experience in youth service and community work. Through his service, he developed a passion for education and found his path. He has taught ethnic studies and manhood development courses at multiple Bay Area colleges and high schools. Beyond the traditional classroom, Jason has facilitated professional development and cultural sensitivity trainings for local schools, mental health agencies and community-based organizations.

Jason is committed to social justice, so he carries on the tradition of activist-intellectual, using his knowledge and experience to address critical social issues and empower individuals for personal and social change. Read more about Professor Seals: linkedin.com/in/jason-seals-96b39035.



Modern Day Lynching: Target Practice Short Film

Implicit bias

Harvard Test


Black Minds Matter: Realizing the Brilliance, Dignity,
and Morality of Black Males in Education
by Dr. J. Luke Wood 

No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People
Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People
by Ivory A. Toldson 

White Fragility 
by Robin DiAngelo  

How to Be an Anti-Racist 
by Ibram X. Kendi  

The New Jim Crow 
by Michelle Alexander  

Divided Sisters 
by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell  

The Bluest Eye 
by Toni Morrison  

Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston  

They Can't Kill Us All 
by Wesley Lowery  

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
by Maya Angelou  

Fatal Invention 
by Dorothy Roberts  

Locking Up Our Own 
by James Forman  

The Miner's Canary 
by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres  

The Wretched of the Earth 
by Frantz Fanon 

Black Womens History of the United States 
by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross  

Me and White Supremacy 
by Layla Saad 

Killing the Black Body 
by Dorothy E. Roberts 

The History of White People 
by Nell Irvin Painter 

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni 
by Nikki Giovanni 

Morning schedule:

8:45 am Tech Check  
9:00 am to 11:00 am with Jason Seals
2.0 CEUs

Please register in advance for this session.

Location: Online Via Zoom — Room will be shared upon registration

Date & Time: October 9, 2020, 8:45 am -11:00 am

Continuing Education: Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course completion certificates will be available to attendees at the end of the presentation.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider #62284)

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Special Accommodations: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at  info@santacruztherapist.org. Requests must be made one week in advance.

Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at info@santacruztherapist.org.

For any questions please contact us at info@santacruztherapist.org.

We encourage you to fully engage in this session. Thank you!

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