Effective Practice with Black Boys & Young Men: HomeGrown Life Coach Model

June 20, 2022 - June 24, 2022

9:30 – 11:30 a.m., each day

Registration deadline: May 31st

This course will be conducted via a virtual Zoom meeting format and Canvas. Access to a computer/laptop with internet access is required. Please contact Professional Development with any questions.

15 CEUs/CPH units (10 live, 5 self-paced)

Sean Joe, PhD, MSW
Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Brown School
Principal Director, Race and Opportunity Lab

This course will train participants to become certified as HomeGrown Life Coaches (HgLCs). HgLCs are service engagement specialists and service system navigators trained to connect Black males ages 12 – 29 to personalized community resources in support of advancing their socio-economic wellbeing and achieving their goals.

Participants will increase their skills at supporting the social and health care needs of Black males through a culturally responsive and anti-dehumanizing approach. This training will include system navigation, cultural socialization, and evidence-based family engagement strategies. This course will allow students to expand their practice-based knowledge of relationship-building, goal setting, skill development, boundary setting, and navigating discrepancies.

The class will consist of daily live Zoom webinars from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Central Time), and additional course material in Canvas.

Class size is limited to 25.

$650 General admission
$450 Non-profit/government employees (1st Summer Institute class)
$400 Non-profit/government employees (Additional Summer Institute classes)

This class will include both degree-seeking graduate students and practicing professionals. Individuals registering through Professional Development will receive continuing education units – but not academic credit – for the class.

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About the Instructor:

Sean Joe

Sean Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among Black Americans, and is expanding the evidence base for effective practice with Black boys and young men. His research focuses on Black adolescents’ mental health service use patterns, the role of religion in Black suicidal behavior, salivary biomarkers for suicidal behavior, and development of father-focused, family-based interventions to prevent urban African American adolescent males from engaging in multiple forms of self-destructive behaviors. Working within the Center for Social Development, Joe has launched the Race and Opportunity Lab, which examines race, opportunity, and social mobility in the St. Louis region, working to reduce inequality in adolescents’ transition into adulthood.

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