2022 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
Deconstructing the Myths and Addressing the Realities of Suicidal Behavior in the African American Community

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, February 25, 2022 

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There is an increase in suicidal behavior among African Americans. The act of suicide itself is not a diagnosis but a response to hopelessness and unbearable pain. When persons at risk for suicide are identified early, hopelessness and pain can be mitigated through evidenced-based practices. Unfortunately for some members of the African American community, the stigma surrounding psychotherapy, impact of social injustice, cultural mistrust of health professionals, and beliefs that depression and other mental disorders can be “prayed away” may serve as barriers for people accessing the help that they need. Strategies for identifying those at risk for suicidal behavior and accessing culturally sensitive care will be provided in this presentation.


Renata L. Nero, PhD, is a retired professor of psychology and Sharon K. Burrows professor from Houston Baptist University (HBU). During her 25 year tenure at HBU, she served as Chair of the Psychology Department, Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology, and Program Coordinator for Pre-Professional Art Therapy and School Psychology programs. Currently, Nero is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and Chair of the Executive Board for the Ashley Jadine Foundation – a suicide awareness and prevention organization. She is a former president of the Southwest Region Board of Directors for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and holds platinum advocate membership in the Texas Psychological Association. Nero earned a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed pre- and post-doctoral internship training at Baylor College of Medicine.


Kathy FitzJefferies, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, has 40 years of experience as a clinical addiction social worker. Throughout the course of her career, FitzJefferies has worked in a variety of drug treatment and mental health settings. Half her career she has spent providing substance prevention and treatment in several North Carolina school districts, including her current position as the Program Manager for Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Within her private practice, Practical Applications, FitzJefferies provides clinical supervision and facilitates educational programs. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. FitzJefferies is committed to the work of racial justice within her personal, faith, and professional life. She is a member of NAADAC’s committee, the Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to list at least three risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior among African Americans.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least three resources within the community that encourage help-seeking behavior.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of accessing culturally responsive care for historically marginalized persons and persons who attach a stigma to receiving mental health therapy.
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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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