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African American Technical Assistance & Training Program

The African American Technical Assistance & Training Program (AATA) has contracted with Alameda County Behavioral Health to provide training and resources to health care providers and the community in order to improve the mental health of African American clients.

Demystifying the Science Behind Psychiatric Medications

Understanding Their Mechanisms of Action and Managing Side Effects in African American Patients

This course provides an accessible and informative overview of psychiatric medications commonly used for conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Participants will understand how these medications work in the brain (mechanisms of action), explore potential side effects, and learn about considerations specific to African American patients.

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Event Date: April 19, 2024

Time: 9 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Online

Event Speaker: Lester Love, MD & Shadi Doroudgar, PharmD

CE credit available.

Youth Experiencing Homelessness: A Focus on African American Adolescents and Experienced Trauma

Recent literature has focused on the impact that homelessness has on youth, as well as those around them. Through the means of a lively discussion and dialogue, this training aims to help the participants grasp concepts related to the often-inevitable generational trauma youth have, as well as the compounding trauma African American youth may encounter while experiencing homelessness. Additionally, trauma-focused interventions will be provided.

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"This is the BEST training I've been to in regards to African American community. The history of stigma and under utilization of MH services. Very clear, had depth, really good engagement of guidance participation. I especially liked Roberta Sanders' approach."

- Training Attendee

"While the training's may have been focused on African- American population, I always appreciate how applicable it is on a broader perspective for diverse populations."

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"We learn waaaaaaaay more at your trainings than we do at other trainings (we’ve been to two of yours). You deliver reality …and it’s digestible vs. the diluted convoluted information. Your set up and delivery is by far the best! Thank you so much for a great time and the free delicious lunch!"

- Sandra

"So pleased that such services of specific workshops for and about African American communities are being offered."

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"Instructor was wonderful, caring, kind and knowledgeable"

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"Thank you for the work you're doing, important to continue these workshops healing minds, bodies, souls, building each day"

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"Thank you for this warm (safe) energetic training"

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