Supporting Families That Are Raising Black Children in a Racialized Society

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April 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm
Single/Series Pricing: $29/$49 for NCFR student members, $49/$89 for NCFR members & CFLEs, $89/$159 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs

This webinar was rescheduled from Wednesday, Jan. 27 to Friday, April 9, 2021.

Daphne Harris
Presenters Daphne Harris, Tiffany Phillips, and Tanisha Clark

Adults in Black families are faced with the obstacle of protecting their children from the psychological and physical harm that result from the consequences of growing up in a racialized society. Black children's exposure to blatant racism in media—among other places—creates additional challenges for Black parents when it comes to educating their children about race/racism and building a strong Black identity. Therefore, professionals working with these children and families must have a keen understanding of the role of Blackness, Whiteness, and racism in their overall development and lived experiences. This is vital if the goal of our work is to ensure the optimal development of Black children, while simultaneously building strong Black families. 

Participants in this webinar will be able to explore the complexities of growing up in and parenting Black children in a racialized society. Specifically, participants will learn about the racial socialization process and how it serves two purposes: educate and protect. They will also learn about the social construction of Whiteness, the racial socialization practices of White parents, and what it means to live in a racialized society. Lastly, they will learn how racial socialization influences Black families' parenting practices and Black children's identity and behavior.

Family researchers and professionals must be proactive and have a toolbox of skills to address issues of race/racism and how it can impact the identity and behavior of Black children, families and communities. Given the demographics and experiences of the majority of Family Science professionals, the discipline must have more candid conversations and provide more trainings that specifically and intentionally focus on the role of race/racism. This webinar is one step toward reaching that goal.

Overall, attendees will leave this webinar with the ability to:

  1. Understand "the talk" and the various ways Black families engage the racial socialization process;
  2. Critically exam the impact of racism, Whiteness and the racial socialization methods of White parents on Black children and families; and
  3. Identify protective messages and practices Black families use to promote positive racial identities and prepare Black children to combat racism

Approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.


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About the Presenters

Daphne C. Harris, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer of human development and Family Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT). She received her doctorate in child development from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Texas Southern University. She has over 20 years of experience in human service agencies and programs that serve marginalized youth, families, and communities. She actively participates in several professional organizations, serving as the Director of Programs for Black Child Development Institute-Dallas/Fort Worth, and award committee member for the Society for Research in Child Development- Black Caucus. Through her professional and service work, Dr. Harris seeks to ensure that students and professionals “do no harm” to the populations they serve.  She is the owner of M.A.X. Individual and Family Services where through life coaching, parent education, and counseling she hopes to help people maximize and excel. Her research centers on the lived experiences of children and families of African descent across the Diaspora. She is particularly interested in racial and gender identity, parenting (fathers), and the oppressive systems that impede upon their overall health and well-being. Currently, she is interrogating Black masculinity and the homeschooling practices of Black families. 

Tiffany Phillips, Ph.D., is a clinical fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Prior to becoming a fellow, Dr. Phillips got her Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Houston and doctorate in school psychology at Howard University. She then went on to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Dallas, Texas, where she worked in the public school system as an LSSP providing psychological and social services to students in grades K-12. She has over 10 years of work experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis by providing behavioral therapy in homes, clinics, and schools and has recently completed the graduate certificate coursework at Clemson University’s Center for Applied Behavior Analysis in pursuit to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

Tanisha Clark earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Spelman College, where she attended as a Dewitt Dean Scholar. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude, Tanisha joined the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas as a youth development director. After serving in this role for three years, Tanisha joined Teach for America Dallas-Fort Worth 2012 and worked as an educator in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). She later earned her master's in educational leadership from Southern Methodist University in 2016. She continued to serve in the DISD for 7 years holding various leadership positions, including an adjunct trainer for new teachers and an assistant principal. Tanisha is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a member of the class of 2023. Tanisha has an interest in pediatric psychology, specifically the assessment and treatment of children with development disabilities.

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