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"What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Black Folks and other People of Color - Zoom meeting"

  • October 10, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • On-line via ZOOM - link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.


  • Available to members of the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Chapters. Membership will be verified.

Membership Meeting

Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT

"What Every Therapist Needs to

Know about Black Folks and other

People of Color"

Note:  Presented on Zoom.

In 2021, people not of color may be shocked, to hear that the dehumanizing remnants of slavery still paralyzes little black girls and boys sitting in classrooms where the truth is not told as it happened regarding their ancestors. It becomes especially dehumanizing when that black child is living in an area largely inhabited by Caucasian children who may not actually consider him or her as equal. It can feel to that child as though they are on display as the shining example of what "a Black" can achieve if, "They simply pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and took hold of their lives." Some have said, "See, that one is smart, or speaks the King's English, or wears his pants neatly around his waist." Others, "This little girl, has nice tame curls, not like that girl who has those kinky puffy round things on each side of her head." Are we aware of this history when these children grow up and show up in the therapy room? Do you know they may face the very same challenges in college or later still, in the workplace? Let’s take an inside look, therapeutically. Hold on to your hats!!

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1.  Recognize 4 reasons that history and past experiences around race still impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in 2021.
  2. Identify racial trauma and 3 ways it may present in a client.
  3. Recall 2 key principles to support and assist BIPOC clients in a safe therapeutic environment.
  4. Demonstrate 3 situations and how to interact with colleagues in work and social settings.


Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT s a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Transformational Performance Coach, and Speaker/Trainer/Author is best described as a “people” person. Shawn LaRé possesses a magnetic zest for life as her energy is, boundless, her passion, relentless, and her joyous spirit, infectious! She is pursuing her Doctorate in General Psychology, with an emphasis in Performance Psychology, as she considers herself a lifelong learner as well as a teacher of her acquired life lessons. She lives life on “full tilt boogie” and believes love, laughter, and ADHD are her superpowers. Ms. Brinkley works with trauma survivors and empowers clients to move past the limiting beliefs that keep them stuck and unable to participate fully in their lives. Shawn LaRé enjoys being present in the room when the client makes the breakthrough. A dynamic speaker, Shawn LaRé has spoken at the Success Women’s Conference in Biloxi, MS, and virtually, Black CEO conference, Comeback Champion Summit, Level UP conference, and the Power UP summit. Brinkley has co-authored on two book anthologies and is currently working on her first solo writing project. Shawn LaRé’s motto: “When live gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade, you gotta’ suck on them til’ it tastes like chocolate.”

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       Sunday, October 10, 2021


  8:45am-9am Check-In*

  9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/

      Chapter Announcements*

  9:30-11am CEU/Speaker Presentation

  11am-11:15am Opportunity Drawing/

      Private Practice Announcements*

  11:15am-11:30am Break*

  11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting*

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course


Online via Zoom. See registration message - below.. 

The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent in confirmation email.


$15  SFV-CAMFT chapter members  (online , including day of event)

$25 Non chapter members   (online, including day of event)

$20 (STUDENTS ONLY - (online, including day of event)

No phone or email RSVP.
No cash or check, credit card only (we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover).

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Refund Policy 

Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

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