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Access to Care and Maternal Health Disparities across the New Jersey Landscape
Friday, September 25, 2020, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Category: NJPA Programs

NJPA, in collaboration with the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University, presents:

Access to Care and Maternal Health Disparities across the New Jersey Landscape
Live Webinar:  4.5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists 
September 25, 2020
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

This workshop will focus on the impact of trauma on mother’s help seeking behaviors and psychological strategies to support maternal and infant mental health with a focus on women of color; healthcare professional’s evaluation of domestic violence and coercive control; and strategies to intervene and interrupt the process and issues specific to women of color. The participants will learn about the specific barriers that women of color face when seeking assistance in the face of domestic violence. The afternoon will be dedicated to a panel discussion covering the complex factors that influence physical health and mental health disparities in women of color, childbirth education, doula care and family engagement, as a critical tool in improving maternal health and maternal-child health inequities in access and quality of care, in New Jersey and the United States, including the presence of implicit bias in care and education systems. 

Angela Clack, PsyD, LPC; Cynthia Lischick, PhD; Gerard Costa, PhD, IMHM-E-C. MSU, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Director and Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning; and Jill Wodnick, MA, LCCE, IMH-E®(II), MSU, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Giving Birth & Being Born Initiative on Improving Maternal Health

Guest Speaker(s)
Assemblywoman Shanique Speight

Program Fee
• (Non-Early Career Psychologists) Licensed Professionals seeking CE credits*: $40.00
• Post-Doctoral and professionals not seeking CE credits:$20.00; Early Career Psychologists: $20.00
• Students: $10.00
* Non psychologists seeking to use these credits for another profession would need to check with their licensing board to determine if the credits will apply to them. 

Refund Policy: No refunds after September 10, 2020


Presentation Schedule
• 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM - Welcome and Opening Statement – NJPA President, Dr. Lucy Sant'Anna Takagi  
• 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM – Workshop. The Impact of Trauma in Help Seeking Behaviors and Psychological Strategies to Support Maternal and Infant Mental Health: Special Considerations for Black Indigenous Women of Color. Presented by Dr. Angela Clack 
• 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Domestic Violence Workshop. Domestic Violence on the Coercive Control Spectrum: Assessing, Interrupting, and Intervening in African American Communities of Color. Presented by Dr. Cynthia Lischick 
• 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM - Lunch 
• 12:45 PM -1:00 PM - Guest Speakers 
• 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Panel Discussion: Maternal Health Considerations. Presented by Dr. Gerard Costa and Jill Wodnick

Program Objectives
1. Assess and deconstruct the barriers to professional help seeking in the African American community
2. Identify three main characteristics of psychological trauma as it relates to race, ethnicity and culture
3. Discuss how race and gender (race and gender stereotypes), bias, and discrimination, affect Black middle-class and marginalized women’s healthcare treatment and Black women’s contemporary engagement with healthcare providers
4. List two barriers women of color face when seeking assistance in the face of domestic violence victimization
5. Discuss and list 2-3 assessment, interrupting and intervening strategies for women of color entrapped within a coercive control context
6. Summarize policy and advocacy efforts in NJ for improving maternal infant health
7. Identify three critical tools in improving and reducing disparities in maternal health in an antiracist framework

Target Audience
 Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Teachers, Graduate Students and Community Members 

Program sophistication
Intermediate: some basic knowledge of the specific content is required

The presenters do not have any commercial support and/or conflict for interest for this program.
NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.
NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please email Ana DeMeo at [email protected] for more details.

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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