2021 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
The Journey of the Black Helping Professional

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, February 26, 2021

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The journey of the Black helping professional can be varied and complex. Some counselors report significant educational disparities, differences in rates of promotion to management positions, and a lack of opportunity for mentorship and career advancement. Along this journey, counselors are also keenly aware of healthcare disparities that remain inadequately addressed. How does the Black helping professional advance in their career while also giving quality support and attention to the unequal care given to many of their patients? This presentation will cover the data on critical issues in the Black community, including disparities in access to care and best practices for resolving these disparities, mental health stigma, cultural identity, the damage of healthcare siloes, and the importance of promoting integrated care for treating co-occurring disorders in Black communities.


Angele Moss-Baker, LPC, LMFT, MAC, EAS-C, DCMHS-COD, is a licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 30 years of experience providing comprehensive, integrated treatment services to individuals with co-occurring behavioral health disorders. She is sole proprietor of Comprehensive Addiction & Psychological Services LLC, located in the District of Columbia, where she provides EAP counseling; critical incident stress management; individual, group, couples/family counseling; and CE workshops. She is also the Behavioral Health Training Specialist at the DC Department of Behavioral Health. Moss-Baker is an active member of several professional associations and has been recognized nationally and internationally for scholarly presentations on mental health, addiction, and health and wellness topics. Moss-Baker is the first African American president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).


Katina Palmer, MA, LPC, and Karla L. Sapp, EdD, LPC, LMHS-S, MAC

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to explain different paths the Black helping professional takes when entering the field and growing in the helping profession.
  • Participants will be able to define the most critical healthcare disparities and access to care problems in Black communities.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the importance of increasing collaborative efforts, breaking down healthcare siloes, and promoting integrated care for co-occurring disorders for Black clients.
Content Level

All levels

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.
  • Advanced level courses provide content for participants who have been working in the content area and have a clear understanding of the issues. These courses cover and address the complexities involved in the work and involve synthesizing material to create new patterns or structures or evaluating material for a specific purpose.

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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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