Title

Adolescent Emotional Wellness From a Multicultural Lens

First Presenter's Institution

North Carolina State University

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

This proposal relates to strand II-“HEART”: Social & Emotional Skills of providing multicultural diversity education to foster social and emotional skills within the social climate for all children and youth.

Brief Program Description

Objective: This presentation will inform the audience around the intersectionality of race and mental health and strategies to promote adolescent emotional wellness during the current social climate.

Topics: Race, Mental Health, Emotional Wellness, Adolescents, Multicultural Education

Target Audience: All Counselors

Summary

Participants will:

  • Have a working definition of multiculturalism in relation to adolescent emotional wellness
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the intersectionality of the social climate and mental health issues with minority adolescents
  • Understand the Critical Race theory and the application of this theory when supporting emotional wellness for adolescents of color
  • Explore strategies and benefits of focus groups for adolescents who are clients and/or students
  • Increase their multicultural competence as it relates to emotional wellness of adolescents in regards to race and mental health needs

Evidence

Research has shown that the social climate (racism, inequities of minorities, under-resourced for the minority population) is impacting minority individuals’ emotional and mental health wellness. Brown (2003) provided information around the impacts of mental health issues for minorities due to racial stratification utilizing the Critical Race theory. There is a critical need for counselor education around how to assist adolescents with navigating their social skills and promoting their emotional health during this racial climate.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Whitney is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is an experienced Clinical Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Whitney is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations serving youth aging out of foster care, crisis management, crisis Intervention, case management, and adult and adolescent learning disabilities. She is a strong healthcare services professional pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina State University.

Keyword Descriptors

Race, Mental Health, Emotional Wellness, Adolescents, Multicultural Education

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

3-6-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

3-6-2018 5:30 PM

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Mar 6th, 4:00 PM Mar 6th, 5:30 PM

Adolescent Emotional Wellness From a Multicultural Lens

Objective: This presentation will inform the audience around the intersectionality of race and mental health and strategies to promote adolescent emotional wellness during the current social climate.

Topics: Race, Mental Health, Emotional Wellness, Adolescents, Multicultural Education

Target Audience: All Counselors