"Using psychological science to create equal opportunities to the American Dream"
AFRICAN AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGY
Andre R. Fields, Ph.D.
Dr. Andre Fields, founder of the IAAP, received his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Fields currently serves as a psychologist and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College. Dr. Fields facilitates workshops that are strategically designed to empower and guide educational systems that are seeking consultation for building tangible solutions to the profound epidemic of underachievement on the part of African American males. As an advocate for diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity, Dr. Fields purposefully merges theory, science and practice to capture, outline and summarize the intersection between the psychosocial functioning of African Americans and the persistent pattern of poor life outcomes amongst African Americans.
I. WORKSHOP TITLE
Racial Intelligence Theory (RIT): A Proven Approach for Enhancing Your Institution’s Capacity for Functioning with the Spirit of Diversity and Inclusion.
Does your organization or institutional lack the capacity the foster an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion? If you answered yes to this question, then this workshop is what you need! The purpose of this workshop is to engage your staff with information, activities, and team-building experiences that will help each individual develop the racial intelligence necessary to produce a collective spirit of racial and cultural unity at your institution. This 2-day workshop includes 2 lectures, video presentation, large group discussions, small group breakout sessions, and several team-building activities that foster improved racial intelligence. Optional monthly reinforcement sessions are also available at a great rate. These reinforcement sessions serve the purpose of helping guide your organization's development as it relates to sustaining its racial intelligence.
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The Adaptive Life Processing Model (ALP): A Practice Driven Approach for Teaching African American Adolescents how to Productively Cope with Racism, Fatherlessness, and Poverty
In the most recent decade, there has been a spiraling national trend of academic underachievement on the part of African American male adolescents. The purpose of this workshop is to outline and summarize the relationship between coping behavior utilization, psychological dysfunction and academic achievement. Specifically, this workshop will detail how the utilization of Emotional Coping and Avoidant Coping negatively impact the academic trajectory of African American male students. This workshop makes a deliberate effort to outline strategies therapists and educators can use to instill in African American males the adaptive coping behaviors necessary to productively cope with and process the challenges of life. Specific approaches for integrating psychoeducational information, exercises, and activities into the educational curriculums will be addressed.
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The Cognitive Affective Negativity Template (CAN'T): Psychologically Overcoming Racial Stigma and Discrimination by Building Resilience into African American Students and Clients
Finding ways to psychologically empower African Americans to a level that may collectively improve their life outcomes has been a problematic task. Many African Americans all to often are burdened with the task of achieve the American Dream despite with a “holistic lack” of available resources (i.e., racial capital, financial security, psychological sophistication, fraternal support, age-related social restrictions) as it relates to avoiding or controlling the challenges they will face on their pursuit for the American Dream. In the face of such a seemingly daunting tasks many African Americans acquire an internal sense of helplessness, which may in turn negatively impact their motivation and engagement with the process of acquiring the American Dream. The purpose of this 1-day workshop is to provide guided instructions on how to more effectively instruct, socialize and empower African Americans by increasing their “Spirit of Resilience”. Contextualizing therapeutic and educational modalities to effectively build resilience, adaptive coping, confidence, and hope into the minds African Americans will also be addressed.
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The Strength Based Empowerment Capital Model (SBEC): Creating Culturally Effective Educational Environments
It is the IAAP philosophy that immersion in a learning environment that possess culturally appropriate stimulus (i.e. people, info, ideas, activities, experiences, historical context, motivational cues, etc.) is critical. Such an environment is necessary for effectively addressing the culture specific needs of African Americans. This lecture outlines the importance of implementing prescriptive race-based interventions and therapeutic models that are strategically contextualized around the race-based social experience of African Americans. This workshop uses the Strength Based Empowerment Capital model to teach strategies for effectively engaging clients and students with enriching developmental activities and exercises that sequentially build the psychological skill set and developmental assets necessary for achieving success.
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The 8 Stages of Stigma Immersion and Internalization (SSII): Reconditioning the Stigmatized Brains of African American Males
During the adolescent stage of human growth and development, teens are tasked with developing an identity. During these formative years, adolescents experience tumultuous emotions, distorted perceptions and confusing biological changes. During this stage of psychological sensitivity and emotional vulnerability, African American males are systematically indoctrinated by an ideology that propagates the idea that African American males are inferior, incapable and essentially a national liability. Research has consistently demonstrated that African American male adolescent are targeted for social stigma more than any other category of American citizen. Sadly and consequently, at a very early age, African American males understand that the world views them, because of their appearance, through a perpetual lens of negativity and repulsion.
This consistent pattern of inferiorizing communication comes during a time when young maturing minds lack the psychological sophistication, life experience and brain development required to engage in the level of critical thinking necessary to guard against the internalization of these negative messages. This lack of an effective psychological defense system in the face of a seemingly relentless and unavoidable stigmatizing messaging system, more times than not, leads to destructive internalization and the ultimate construction of a failure schema.
This 1-day workshop will use the 8 Stages of Stigma Immersion and Internalization (S.S.I.I.) model to capture and outline how Black boys are being stigmatized to the point they are too psychologically taxed to remain engaged in the process of being educated. This workshop will teach strategies for psychologically re-conditioning and re-empowering African American males.
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