Tonya D. Armstrong

Ethically and Clinically Effective Practices for African-American Youth

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Tonya D. Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S., LP, The Armstrong Center for Hope

Dr. Tonya D. Armstrong is a licensed psychologist and the founder and CEO of The Armstrong Center for Hope.  She first established her business in 2002 as a licensed psychologist in solo practice and expanded to become a group practice in 2010. Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Yale University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke Divinity School. Since 2000, she has served as the Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling at Union Baptist Church in Durham. Additionally, she serves as the Dean of the Counseling Studies Department at the Apex School of Theology in Durham, where she directs the Counseling Studies Department. Dr. Armstrong is currently the President of the North Carolina Psychological Association. Additionally, she is the author and producer of the newly released book/CD set, Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness and Blossoming Hope Companion: Soothing Songs and Spoken Word Recordings.

Increasing numbers of African American youth are at risk for suicide and other mental health challenges. In this session, we will explore how psychotherapists can exhibit compassion, an awareness of African American cultural contexts, and an ethical commitment to justice, respect, competence, and avoidance of harm in treatment with African American youth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will explain five significant historical and contextual factors that affect the psychological outlook of many African American youth.
  • Attendees will describe anecdotal and empirical evidence detailing therapeutic challenges between African American clients and non-African American psychologists, and three ethically-informed approaches for overcoming those challenges.
  • Attendees will discuss four best practices for long-term engagement of African American youth.