Students get free pass to Counseling Black Women Conference

DCP Online

June 15, 2022

Dr. Kimber Shelton is hosting a two-day virtual conference on counseling Black women next month – and she’s inviting her Yorkville University students and colleagues to attend for free. 

Worthiness, Womanness, Blackness: Counseling Black Women Conference poster

Worthiness, Womanness, Blackness: Counseling Black Women Conference will take place July 21 and 22, featuring: four workshops led by award-winning mental health professionals; practical tools and strategies for promoting culturally competent care with Black women; a collective healing experience designed by Black women therapists; and the opportunity to earn seven APA and NBCC-approved continuing education hours. 

“The Counseling Black Women Conference is designed for ALL mental health professionals and students who serve Black women,” said Shelton, noting that she’s offering free conference registration to all Yorkville University Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy students and faculty. 

“Black women are treated by mental health professionals of all genders and ethnic backgrounds, and, as such, mental health professionals of all backgrounds will benefit from this conference.” 

Touted as an “empowerment-based” event, the conference will address psychological and emotional concerns, as well as environmental and systemic structures that impact the mental well-being of Black women. Speakers will include Dr. Mahlet Endale, Dr. Michelle Lyn, Dr. Candice Hargons, Dr. Danielle Simmons, and Leah Frazier, Esq.

Worthiness, Womanness, Blackness: Counseling Black Women Conference itinerary

Conference presenters will provide theory, concrete skills, and affirmative practices related to developing cultural case conceptualizations, inspiring a Strong Black Woman paradigm shift, and liberating therapy with Black Queer and Trans Women. Additionally, this conference honours the work of Black women therapists through creating a collective healing experience – meditation and sound bath practices.

“Black women are deserving of mental health services that empower and honour them, that challenge internalized and externalized oppression, and that foster individual and collective growth,” added Shelton, author of A Handbook on Counseling African American Women

For more information about the Worthiness, Womanness, Blackness: Counseling Black Women Conference or to register for it, go to