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Providing Clinical Services to African American/Black Men and Youth Who Are Experiencing Traumatic Grief: Utilizing the BRuH Approach to Therapy (BAT) and Other Related Services

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online ZOOM Webinar
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Co-hosted with USC
CEUs: 2 CEU’s 


Presenter:  Allen Lipscomb,  PsyD, LCSW

Racialized traumatic grief for African American/Black men can come as a result of witnessing the traumatic unjust death and murder of another unarmed Black man regardless of proximity and kinship. In addition, grief can come from racialized experiences and encounters in society and the blatant disregard of Black bodies in America. Bonding through recognition to promote understanding and healing (a.k.a. BRuH Approach to Therapy or BAT) can be utilized as an auxiliary approach in conjunction with other therapeutic models, protocols and interventions. This presentation introduces a culturally congruent, anti-oppressive and antiracist therapeutic approach for promoting healing among African American/Black men and youth who are receiving psychotherapy and other related counseling services. Specifically, African American/Black men and youth who have experienced racialized traumatic grief and loss.

This workshop is designed for mental health clinicians and students at all levels of experience, education and licensure. The goal is to teach, inform and encourage mental health practitioners to provide anti-oppressive and antiracist clinical services to Black men and youth experiencing loss.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how African American/Black men and youth respond to grief, loss and trauma.
  2. Examine stigmas, stereotypes and cultural beliefs about Black male expressing their emotions as it relates to loss.
  3. Identify the six common Black Male Grief Reactions (BMGR) to traumatic losses.
  4. Learn three ways to support, advocate and/or treat the unique grief reactions exhibited by Black men and youth utilizing the BRUH Approach to Therapy (BAT).

About the Presenter: 

Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW, Associate Professor in the Social Work Department at Cal State University Northridge. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist by highest degree obtained. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive, antiracist and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color.

His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences.

H Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is a authored/co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and published his first book (2016) titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb is a co-host of a podcast centered around mental health with men/communities of color (an extension of CSUN's M3 program). http://chillspotradio.com/


This WORKSHOP meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.


Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

USC Students and Alumni - to receive the registration code please contact Amanda Decker - amanda.decker@usc.edu or Donna Dietz - info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org



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