(WEBINAR) Conversations of African American History

CE Type:*Cert of Attendance Only

# of CE's: 2.5

0.3 IACET CE's

Certificate of Attendance only


About This Course

To understand American history is to also have a consciousness of African American culture, plight and the effects of structural racism. For approximately 250 years’ slavery existed and was a dominant force in American life. Its estimated that 6 to 7 million enslaved Africans were brought to America during the 18th century leaving behind their heritage and own way of life. This training will briefly explore the history of precolonial West Africa including their traditions, art and technology. This training will also explore how slavery, Jim Crow and disenfranchised grief of African society impacts African Americans in the contemporary US.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore precolonial African society which includes its customs, traditions and advancements.
  2. Discuss generational trauma and disenfranchised grief of Africans.
  3. Identification of past and present issues faced by the African American community.
  4. Recognize behavioral health equity in its role in supporting this community.


Intended Audience: 

General Public


Instructional Level: 



Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive a certificate through the DBHIDS Learning Hub.


Credit Statements:

Certificate of Attendance only

Course Instructors

February 26, 2024

Bernard Alexander



Addictions Recovery Training Specialist


Bernard has worked with diverse populations, including, youth, families, re-entry, D&A, MH, and more, in clinical and therapeutic settings for over 10 years. He has interacted with varying groups including a wide range of ages, professions, as well as, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. He has provided peer support, psycho-education and therapy on substance abuse, co-occurrence, recovery support, maintenance, crisis intervention, community support services, as well as, facilitated individual and group therapy in residential and outpatient settings. He is experienced with collaboration across city-wide behavioral and human service systems, including behavioral health, child welfare, probation and parole, and judicial entities. Bernard is knowledgeable in Philadelphia’s behavioral health systems structure and services. He has provided formal and informal group training on quality of life, effective parenting, trauma, anxiety, depression, mental health disorders, career and educational transitions, recidivism, toxic masculinity and spirituality, to name a few. His work has consistently highlighted the value of evidence-based trauma-informed care and cultural relevance, and has a particular passion and expertise with working with underserved and marginalized communities; and believe that social justice is an important component of holistic therapeutic healing. He earned his Masters of Arts in Counseling degree from Mission Seminary (formerly Biblical Theological Seminary).