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HT065 - Counseling African-American Males Post Ferguson
Tony Spann, MS, LCPC, LPC, NCC
Podcast transcript available by clicking here.
The presenter discusses being an African-American male (who is both a federal law enforcement officer and a counselor) counseling African-American males. He paints a picture of the history of Africans, and African-Americans in this country from slavery through the tragedies in Ferguson, Philadelphia, Florida, and Baltimore. Mr. Spann goes on to discuss various aspects of counseling the youth within this community. He expands on issues of micro-aggression, resiliency, and law enforcement.
Tony Spann, MS, LCPC, LPC, NCC works full time in federal law enforcement and is a doctoral student at Howard University. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland and D.C., and a nationally certified counselor. Tony is the owner of You in Mind Psychotherapy and Consultation with two locations in downtown Silver Spring and Largo, Maryland. Tony is the Maryland Counseling Association President for the 2014-2015 term and is an adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology teaching emerging counselors. Throughout the years Tony’s desires have always been to turn his raw passion for helping others into a professional art that may be beneficial to the public at large.
Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions:
- Before we get started, can you give us your initial perspectives as an African American Male working with African American Male Clients?
- When speaking with clients of color, specifically African American males, what are their perspectives on the recent violence experienced in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Florida and Ferguson.
- The slogan “Black lives Matter”, what does this mean to you within your private practice, followed by what understanding the perspective African American males in your practice have of this slogan.
- Tony you are a Federal Law Enforcement officer, during your conversations with young African Americans, concerning perspectives of police and justice, what are your thoughts?
- When speaking to young African American males, what transference or countertransference do you experience in the room?
- Throughout your own development, discuss your own personal experience with racism or microaggession. What impact has this had on you while in the counseling session?
- Understanding the impact or inter microgression and Black on Black violence and how does this impact African American males.
- Discussing trauma or PTSD within the African American community, and the overall impact this has on African American males within the counseling session.
- Tony as a counselor, I am sure you notice resiliency within the African American community, how has this impacted the client?
- Concerning the systemic and multicultural issues that are present in the sessions. What are techniques or style of therapy is used to implement a treatment plan?
- Within the counseling field, what do you believe could be helpful for clinicians and emerging clinicians to know, understand and support African American males within the counseling process?
Running Time 53:05