2021 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
Integrating Music into Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Resilience of the African American Client

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, February 26, 2021

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Integrating culturally relevant music into substance use disorder treatment has the potential for greater provider-to-client understanding and connectivity. The purpose of this session is to provide a broad appreciation for the African American client’s cultural DNA. This session will result in the participant’s increased understanding of the African American culture and expose the participant to aspects of culturally informed comprehensive care. Participants will learn about why and how music and religion are part of the fabric of the Black community.


Grady Anthony Austin was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and has made Seattle, Washington his home for over 30 years. After serving in the United States Navy, he began working in the community via social services and ministerial work. Austin went on to become the assistant director, assistant pastor, addiction counselor and course facilitator at the Matt Talbot Center, an intensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment program in downtown Seattle. He also served as an executive music pastor for several churches in the Seattle area. In 2015, he formed Grady Austin Coaching, which provides a holistic approach to client wellbeing through a combination of traditional counseling methods with wellness practices and techniques. When Austin is not working, you can find him enjoying his family, singing, or riding his motorcycle.


Kathy FitzJefferies and Helena Washington, MEd, LCDC, ICADC, MAC

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to explain the historical significance of music and religion in the African diaspora and the evolution of its cultural context.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the need for and benefits of integrating culturally based music and religious wellness practices into substance use disorder treatment.
  • Participants will be able to describe content creation and techniques for integrating music into substance use disorder treatment.
Content Level

All levels

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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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