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Give Them a Voice! Expressive Arts Therapy a Pain Management Strategy for African American Women Living with Substance Use Disorders

Give Them a Voice! Expressive Arts Therapy a Pain Management Strategy for African American Women Living with Substance Use Disorders

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Give Them a Voice!

Expressive Arts Therapy a Pain Management Strategy for African American Women Living with Substance Use Disorders

"Black women are also simultaneously affected by racism and sexism and may feel under pressure to hide their negative emotions lest they fall prey to the “angry Black woman” stereotype. Psychologists who work with this population say there is much to be done to improve the mental health of Black women, ranging from expanding access to licensed professionals with experience in treating people of color to reducing incidents of racism and microaggressions." (Pappas, 2021)

Through a trauma-informed lens this workshop explores how the creative process of expressive arts can be used to manage pain and promote emotional growth and foster racial healing. Additionally, this workshop will review evidence of how expressive arts support social work's ethical responsibility to clients and can be used as a tool to help clients set goals and advocate for themselves.

The training has the following learning objectives:

  • Define expressive arts and its five disciplines
  • Describe the connection between pain and emotions and how it can be used to reduce pain
  • Describe racial bias in pain management
  • Provide three examples of how expressive arts can be used to promote client’s self-determination and culturally competent social work practice
  • Explain how opioid misuse and related deaths is a public health crisis
  • Provide three examples of how a trauma-informed organization supports the NASW Code of Ethics

Duration: 5.5 hours

Total CE: 5

Culture Competency CE: 2.5; Ethics CE: 2.5

Content Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Behavioral Health Service Providers and Management

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Introductions and ground rules

What is pain and the mind-body connection


The intersection of racism, sexism, and cultural norms and its consequences on African American women’s health and mental health

An overview of racial disparities in health care and behavioral healthcare

An overview of the history of the opioid epidemic

Racial bias in pain management and the implications for the African American community

The opioid epidemic and the black community


Best practices for serving African American women with substance use disorders

An overview of trauma informed services and its inherently equitable and inclusive process and supporting the NASW code of ethics

Special considerations for creating gender-responsive services in the continuum of care for substance use disorders

The ethical responsibility of cultural competency and self-determination

Power dynamics and the therapeutic process


The connection between emotions and pain

What is expressive arts – the theory and the practice

A historical perspective of expressive arts as a modality for healing and advocacy in the African American community



2:00 pm

Understanding racial identity and the steps towards racial healing

The process of becoming a racial ally

The connection between self-expression and positive emotional growth


Expressive arts techniques


Activity and report out




Ms. Ebony Davis serves as our Lead Consultant and is dedicated to building pathways for disenfranchised communities to move up the social, political, and economic ladder. She has over ten years of experience in project management, training, technical assistance, behavioral health, and working with high-risk populations. She is a graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Southern California, where she received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration. Ebony comes with many diverse experiences including working with the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, YMCA, Crystal Stairs Inc., and the Office of the Public Defender. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and dancing.

Fee & Registration

Click Here to Register. The cost for this course is $150 and includes CE credit. Registration normally ends 48 hours prior to the course state date.

Refund Policy

There are no refunds. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to the start date of the workshop to receive transfer credit to a future workshop of equal or lesser value ONLY. Any cancellations made less than 72 hours of the start date of the workshop will only be eligible for 50% voucher.

For questions, concerns, or to request special accommodations, please call: (202)-670-4668

Registrants can make accommodations requests during registration. All accommodations requests should be sent to 72 hours before training to ensure that the best effort can be made to make those accommodations.

Additional Information about our training protocol can be found in our Resiliency Training Institute Handbook. Participants can find this handbook on our website or by clicking the link above.

Course Completion Requirements/Attendance Policy


Class starts at the time advertised and late arrivals will not be accepted into class. Participants who arrive late can receive a 50% voucher that can be used for training in the future. This 50% voucher is typically only good for 90 days.


Participants who leave early forfeit their CE. If an emergency should occur where a participant needs to leave early, they can receive a 50% voucher that can be used for future training. This voucher typically expires in 90 days.

Continuing Education Distribution

In-person training will distribute CE certificates at the end of the course, once the instructor receives the participant’s course evaluations. Instructors are required to submit sign in-sheets and evaluations to the Lead Consultant within three business days of the training. Participants who participate in a live-interactive webinar training will be prompted to download their certificate at the end of the training by submitting a survey/evaluation. A link to the survey/evaluation will be distributed at the end of the class via the chat room and email. Please be advised that participants must submit their course evaluation forms to receive a certificate. Certificates are available immediately for download after the survey/evaluation is submitted.

Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit.

New Jersey accepts only individual approved courses/conferences.

New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.

Grievance Policy for Training and Technical Assistance Department

Procedures for external

Butler & Davis Consulting will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Lead Consultant and the Senior Consultant. When a grievance arises pertaining to continuing education programs or processes, course content, speakers, facilities, nonreceipt of certificates, and other miscellaneous occurrences, the complainant is expected to submit a grievance form as soon as possible so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion by Ebony Davis LCSW-C, or Senior Consultant, Norma Bravo LCSW. If the Lead Consultant cannot immediately resolve the issue, the Senior Consultant, Norma Bravo will be tasked with resolving the issue. All possible care will be taken to uphold the confidentiality of the complainant. The consultant will formulate a response to the complaint and recommend action if necessary, which will be conveyed directly to the complainant. A grievance concerning a specific course offering, content, or costs may be resolved by modifications to future offerings and/or by providing a partial refund to the complainant, or an alternative opportunity. The participant who initiated the grievance is informed of the status of the complaint at all levels. The Senior Consultant will advise the Lead Consultant on any process and improvements as indicated by submitted grievances.

System requirements: Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher* Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

Butler & Davis Consulting LLC - Resiliency Training Institute, #1808, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Butler & Davis Consulting LLC - Resiliency Training Institute maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 06/09/2022 – 06/09/2023. Social workers completing this course receive a Total of 5 CE; 2.5 Culture Competency CE and 2.5 Ethics CE continuing education credits.

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