Friday, November 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST; Registration from 8:30am to 9:00am.
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Freedom House Recovery Center, Cafeteria 
102 New Stateside Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Parking Details: Please park on the street (New Stateside Dr.), alongside the building. There’s parking on both sides of the street, from the Freedom House driveway down to the end of the street that goes into the neighborhood.

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Shelley Danser, Pro Bono Counseling Network Coordinator 
Freedom House Recovery Center 
919-942-2803, x 247 
The Pro Bono Counseling Network Education Series                                    Presents  

Culturally Sensitive Skills and Strategies for Counseling African American Clients

This interactive workshop will explore skills, strategies, theories and approaches counselors can use to prepare for and more effectively engage African-American clients in the counseling process. It focuses on: (1) contextual issues that impact how African Americans’ self and world schemas develop and how those factors impact the counseling process and counseling outcomes; (2) building therapeutic alliances between African Americans and mental health professionals; (3) practical strategies counselors can use to prepare for working with African-American clients, and (4) identifying appropriate theories and/or approaches that promote positive outcomes among African-American clients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

 --List and describe at least three factors that shape African-Americans' self and world schemas.

 --Define the term “cultural trauma and collective identity” and discuss how it impacts African Americans’ engagement in the counseling process and counseling outcomes.

 --Identify and discuss African Americans’ traditional views of counseling.

 --Identify the steps of a practice exercise that can be used to help counselors better engage African American clients.

 --Identify at least 3 things counselors can do and/or expect when engaging African American clients.

--Identify and discuss at least three approaches that can be used to increase African Americans’ participation in and completion of therapeutic services.


Two contact hours will be available for this training. Free to all current Pro Bono Counseling Network Volunteer Therapists or other therapists who practice in Durham, Orange, Person or Chatham counties and would like to become a Pro Bono Counseling Network Therapist. For more information on joining and becoming a volunteer therapist, contact Shelley Danser, the program coordinator: Shelley.D@fhrecovery.org.

Robert A. Horne, Ph.D., LPC, LCAS

Robert A. Horne, Ph.D., serves as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Allied Professions at North Carolina Central University, Chair of the Research and Professional Development Committee, and incoming Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Faculty Senate. Additionally, Dr. Horne serves as: a counselor and counseling consultant in private practice; Chair, National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council (Doctoral); National Board for Certified Counselors Mentor; and a Subject Matter Expert for the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium. 

Dr. Horne holds a: Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina State University; M.A. in Agency Counseling from North Carolina Central University; and Master of Divinity from Duke University. He is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern, International Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and certified Master Addiction Counselor. Additionally, Dr. Horne is a National Board for Certified Counselor Fellow and a Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration Fellow.

Dr. Horne’s research and publications focus on: (a) males of African descent’s identity development and sustenance; b) the relationship between spirituality, mental health and substance use; 3) stress, coping strategies; and 4) the development of professional and paraprofessional counselor training and supervision in international settings among underserved populations.

Dr. Horne resides in Durham, North Carolina and has visited over 40 countries. He actively engages in conducting workshops and trainings, both nationally and internationally. He is currently working with mental health and substance use organizations in Uganda, South Africa and the Caribbean to develop mental health and substance use training and treatment programs for underserved communities.  


Freedom House Recovery Center's Pro Bono Counseling Network (PBCN)

Are you interested in improving access to mental health care for families and individuals in our community who have few other resources? It may sound like a challenge but it’s actually quite simple . . . by joining a network of clinicians working together to make our system of mental health care more equitable, your efforts can have a big impact. The goal of this project is to recruit mental health professionals that work in Durham, Orange, Person and Chatham counties in NC to join a network of clinicians to provide counseling to one client per year who is motivated to receive mental health counseling (not in crisis or SPMI) but cannot afford treatment due to being uninsured (not eligible for Medicaid) or underinsured (high deductible/unaffordable copay) for 8 free sessionsYou may have already been doing some pro bono work for years and now we are simply asking you to join a network of clinicians who are committed to making a difference in our community together. Your volunteer efforts with the Pro Bono Counseling Network will be documented and data related to both the need and outcomes will be captured. This data will be used to influence public policy and community resources. Please contact Shelley Danser if you are interested in learning more about the program: Shelley.D@fhrecovery.org. The PBCN Education Series offers 6 trainings per year on various clinical topics that are FREE to PBCN volunteer therapists.