Sound the Alarm: The Crisis of Mental Health in Communities of Color

Sound the Alarm: The Crisis of Mental Health in Communities of Color
Fully Online Program Through Zoom

Tuesday, October 19, 2021; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (2 CE hours)

 Speakers:  Katiuscia Gray, LCSW-R, CYT
               Amanda Fludd,
                                      Lisa Zakiya Newland,

Program Descripton
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness of racial disparities and threats to multiple aspects of well-being. Our society is witnessing an increasingly high demand for mental health services, which further complicates access for people of color. There aren't enough clinicians of color to respond to requests from people of color seeking clinicians with similar racial and ethnic backgrounds. This workshop seeks to engage participants in a discussion of the complex realities of racial disparities in the field of mental health and present solution-focused strategies for micro and macro levels of clinical practice. The workshop is created for students, clinicians (social workers, psychologists, mental health professionals), administrators and advocates committed to working with communities of color.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:
- identify disparities that impact access to mental health services in communities of color;

- gain a deeper understanding of the need for culturally-responsive treatment in communities of color;

- explore strategies to respond to the mental health crisis on the micro and macro levels of clinical practice.  

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the mental healthcare profession, including: social workers, clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, and other creative arts therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, students and all those interested in their own health and well-being.

Speaker Bios 

Katiuscia Gray, LCSW-R, CYT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified yoga teacher (200hr) and psychotherapist. She graduated from Adelphi University in 2006 with an M.S.W. in Social Work and received a yoga certification in 2018. In 2019, she became a certified clinical child and adolescent anxiety treatment professional (CCATP-CA). She is the owner of Mind Meets Movement Counseling Services, an integrative health practice in Valley Stream that focuses on individual, children, adolescents, young adults and families. She and her team utilize unique and creative methods to help clients get the most out of their sessions, linking mind and body in the process.

Amanda Fludd,
LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in psychiatric settings serving recipients utilizing evidenced-based approaches such as Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to address severe mental illness. Knowledgeable in procedures, principles, and methods of Social Work practice, as well as quality service provision and coordination of mental health services. Committed to building and cultivating sound social work practice through leadership, teaching, policy development, and incorporating evidenced-based practices for effective treatment.  

Lisa Zakiya Newland, PhD, LCSW-R is currently a Full Professor and the Chairperson of the Department of Social Work at Molloy College in Long Island, where she served as Faculty President from 2018-2020. The content in her courses relates to social work practice, social justice and advocacy. Dr. Newland's career was cultivated in Harlem, New York, where she practiced as a clinical social worker, community liaison, program developer and mental health clinic administrator. Dr. Newland is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2009, she established an innovative business venture, Educate 2 Elevate Consultation Services. The company is a NYS Certified Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) which provides a range of clinical and consultation services, making use of Dr. Newland's strengths as a clinician, trainer, consultant and administrator. Dr. Newland is the President of the Nassau Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers and is a member of several professional organizations and community-based initiatives. Dr. Newland has been recognized as a thought leader in her field and is often sought for her insights and involvement with a range of program development, advocacy and service delivery initiatives. 

Online Zoom Information 
This program will be conducted as a "live" online course using Zoom. It will be held on the same date and times as indicated above.   You will be able to take the programs using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone.   You will receive the Zoom link to join the program via email within a week of the date of the program.  If you are not familiar with Zoom please visit the following webpage prior to the course start date on "Joining a Zoom Meeting" at: More detailed information on Zoom can be found on the following link:

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration, through 10/8: $45
Late Registration, after 10/8: $55
Molloy Students: $10, (please register using your Molloy email)
Non-Molloy Students (please register using school email): $20
Molloy Alumni 25% discount
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge (please register using your Molloy email) 

Click here to register online. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Submit Registrationt" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

To register by phone, please call 516-323-3550. Most of the office staff are still working remotely, so if you get our voicemail please leave your name, phone number, a date/time to call you back and we will return your call.  Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration. You will receive the Zoom link to join the program via email within a week of the date of the program. Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us prior to the start date. Refunds will not be granted after the program starts: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Continuing Education Credit

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This conference is offered for two (2) CE contact hours for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This program is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage:

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) 
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This conference is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 2 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
CE credit through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) is approved for for two (2) CE contact hours in the following areas:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This conference is approved for two (2) CE contact hours of nursing continuing education. 

Questions regarding registration?

Contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3553  

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