How does being strong amidst discrimination, societal stressors, economic inequities, and community problems affect the mental health of African American women? How is their strength a double-edged sword? Literature suggests that many African American women function with a “psychological androgyny,” meaning that they embody both the traditionally feminine role of nurturer and caregiver while also bearing the traditionally masculine traits of self-reliance, hard work, achievement, assertiveness, and strength. This strategy has been likened to a suit of “armor” that African American women are socialized to wear, as a means of surviving in psychologically- or socially-threatening situations. This 4-hour course assists counselors in understanding both the stress and the strength of the Strong Black Woman Syndrome, with implications for counseling African-American Women.
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 4 CORE contact hours of continuing education
LPCA Georgia Approval # 2020-07-07-061AW