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Our Research Talks provide an opportunity to hear from invited professionals about interesting research findings and new ideas relevant to bereavement and grief.
March 5 (12pm - 1:30pm EST): Grievous Harms: History, Bereavement, and the African American Psyche. Presenters: Harriet A. Washington and Nicole Alston. Free-of-charge or 1.5 CEs available for fee. Register now.
Research has documented racism in the medical care of pregnant African American women beginning in the antebellum period and persisting to the present. Historically, black people have been considered to be indifferent parents. They have been blamed for high infant mortality, and wrongly believed to have greatly increased capacity for psychological and physical pain. They have been demonized. Medical personnel have ignored their suffering and even deliberately produced it. African American children have been used as experimental subjects and/or robbed of their childhood. Racism continues today in these and other forms and affects longevity, medical care, and bereavement support.
In this webinar, Nicole Alston will discuss her experience with black mothers who experienced a stillbirth, setting the stage for Harriet Washington, researcher, writer, and author of a number of books, including Medical Apartheid. Harriet Washington will unveil the painful history of African American women’s experiences with the American medical system during childbearing and pregnancy loss, and conclude with recommendations for professionals and policy suggestions to redress these appalling consequences of racism and disparities in perinatal medical care.
The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers (provider #0021), licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0104), and licensed marriage and family therapists (#MFT-0080). This program is approved for 1.5 continuing education contact hours.
*Please note that many state boards will recognize our events for CE credit as our Center is part of a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. Please confirm with your board.
The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
CE credits are available for a fee. 1 CE = $20; 1.5 CE = $30.
Andreas Maercker, MD PhD; Lars Mehlum, MD PhD; Christine Mauro, PhD