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Cultural Pain and African Americans: Unspoken Issues in Early Recovery (3 hours)

Cultural Pain and African Americans: Unspoken Issues in Early Recovery (3 hours)


This 3 hour course by Peter Bell is intended to provide need-to-know information about counseling strategies and issues for working with African American populations.  This course is based on the books, by the same name, first published by Hazelden in 1990. 


By participating in this Distance Learning Course the trainee will:

  • Examine various recovery issues that are critical to the African American's successful recovery
  • Discuss key elements of addiction for African Americans
  • Identify basic principles of emotional growth
  • Explore the concept of cultural pain as it relates to addiction and recovery
  • Learn about key elements needed to successfully work through the issues of cultural pain
  • Explore and investigate clinical issues in working with black chemically dependent people in long-term recovery.

Peter Bell was co-founder and executive director of The Institute on Black Chemical Abuse, located in Minneapolis, from October 1975 to March 1990. Mr. Bell has served on the Board of Directors of the Johnson Institute; the National Association of Children of Alcoholics; the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Advisory Board (ADAMHA); and the Morehouse Medical School Cork Institute Advisory Board. He holds a B.A. in Social Service Program Administration.  As a founding member and first president of the National Black Alcoholism Council, Bell was appointed by former President Reagan to aid a White House Conference and a Drug-Free America. He also was appointed by Congress to a National Commission on Drug-Free Schools. Currently, Peter Bell is Vice-President in Charge of New Ventures for Hazelden.

Internet Format - Coursework that is available immediately via a downloadable PDF file (a popular online format that requires you to have the Adobe Reader program, or one similar, installed on your computer). Many websites already use this very user friendly file format, so chances are you already have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This format allows faster downloading, easier reading, and easier printing. All course materials will be included, as will the link to the post-test required for course completion. Access and downloading information will be immediately sent to the email address you provide at checkout. There is no additional charge for this format.

USB Flash Drive Format - Different computers, processors, ISP's, and software make it sometimes difficult or time-consuming to capture materials provided via the Internet. As a result, we've added the Flash Drive format to our list of options. With this format we will send you a Flash Drive by Priority Mail that can be used on any computer, laptop, tablet with a USB port. The drive will include a PDF copy of the course or courses ordered along with the test link needed to complete your course using our online test system. This option will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

Hard Copy Format - Coursework that is delivered to you by Priority Mail in book form. All course materials will be included, as will the post-test required for course completion. For immediate results and faster certificate processing an email containing instructions on how to access your post-test online will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. Should you not want to submit the test yourself, a mail/fax form is also included that will allow you to mail or fax your test responses to us for processing. Hard copy courses will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

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