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The Revolution Of The Black Woman will be Televised

High Functioning Anxiety in African American Females (06/15/2024)

High Functioning Anxiety in African American Females (06/15/2024)

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(3 Clinical CEU Hours) 


Class time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

When working with African American females experiencing high-functioning anxiety, it's crucial to consider the intersectionality of cultural factors. Here are three objectives for addressing high-functioning anxiety in this population:

1. **Cultural Competence and Identity Exploration:**
- *Goal:* Acknowledge and explore the unique cultural factors contributing to high-functioning anxiety in African American females.
- *Objectives:*
- Create a culturally sensitive and affirming therapeutic space for self-exploration.
- Discuss and validate the impact of cultural expectations, societal pressures, and racial microaggressions on mental health.
- Foster a sense of empowerment and resilience in cultural identity.

2. **Coping Strategies and Stress Management:**
- *Goal:* Develop effective coping mechanisms to manage and alleviate anxiety symptoms while maintaining high levels of functionality.
- *Objectives:*
- Teach practical stress management techniques, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation.
- Identify and challenge perfectionistic tendencies and unrealistic expectations.
- Encourage the development of healthy boundaries and self-care practices.

3. **Community Support and Connection:**
- *Goal:* Facilitate connections with supportive communities and resources to address the social aspects of high-functioning anxiety.
- *Objectives:*
- Explore and strengthen existing social support networks.
- Collaborate with community organizations that focus on mental health and well-being.
- Empower clients to engage in open communication about mental health within their communities.

These objectives aim to address the unique cultural and social factors that may contribute to high-functioning anxiety in African American females. By fostering cultural competence, teaching effective coping strategies, and promoting community support, therapists can work towards helping individuals manage anxiety symptoms and improve overall well-being.


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