Understanding Ethnic-Racial Identity Development for Black Youth

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June 5, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Denzel Jones
Presenter: Denzel L. Jones, Ph.D., LMFT

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Black youth within the United States continue to experience elevated risk for adverse health behaviors and outcomes. Black youths’ ability to form a strong ethnic-racial identity helps to reduce these risks. One contributing factor to a strong ethnic-racial identity are healthy verbal and nonverbal messages about the meaning of race and ethnicity, or ethnic-racial socialization. Among ethnic-racial minorities, positive ethnic-racial socialization messages can improve psychosocial outcomes, andamong Black youth specificallycompensate and protect against the effects of Black racial discrimination experiences. Specifically, positive ethnic-racial socialization messages are related to fewer negative health outcomes, healthy psychological and emotional functioning, higher self-esteem, and enhanced connection to cultural values. 

This webinar will focus on understanding the development of Black ethnic-racial identity through ethnic-racial socialization messages and the influence of diverse and systemic social processes on the views of oneself and others. Participants will be given strategies to enhance areas of Black youth and emerging adults’ socialization experiences while also viewing these experiences systemically, further understanding perspectives on race and equity in community, educational, and therapeutic settings. 

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to 

  • Understand the relationship between diverse social messaging processes and Black youth identity formation,  

  • Foster positive Black youth ethnic-racial socialization messages, and 

  • Bring awareness to disparaging social messaging, promote healthy social messaging, and foster constructive Black identity development and formation 

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About the Presenter

Denzel L. Jones, Ph.D., LMFT, is an assistant professor of couple and family therapy at Antioch University New England and a licensed marriage and family therapist and AAMFT-approved supervisor. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Jones received his B.S. in psychology from Campbell University, an M.A. in marriage and family therapy and a certificate in expressive arts therapy from Appalachian State University, and a Ph.D. in couple and family therapy from Kansas State University. His specialized program of research is focused on working with minority and oppressed populations to understand social and relational processes, to understand the relationship between social and relational processes and identity development across the lifespan, and to disseminate resources to aid in living as well as possible within the context of family, community, and the larger society. He has presented research at various local, national, and international platforms concerning Black youth and emerging adult development and social justice within the field of marriage and family therapy and the Family science discipline. Additionally, Dr. Jones engages in multiple professorial, clinical, supervisory, scholarship, and community engagement and service roles. He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT); a member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), co-chair of the NCFR Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC), chair-elect of NCFR's Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families (REDF) Section; and a former member serving on the New Hampshire Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s (NHAMFT) Education Committee. 


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