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Shawn C.T. Jones Recorded Webinar: Leveraging diverse family systems to promote dignity and prepare for discrimination: Racial socialization for Black youth

1.5 Hours of CE

$25 for members / $35 for non-members

Moderator: Janie Hong, Ph.D.


Keniston (1978) asserted that Black youth are “the most endangered children in our society.” Indeed, Black children and teens are exposed to myriad risks, particularly those that emanate from the legacy of racism in this country. Yet, despite historical deficit-oriented narratives concerning them, Black youth—and their families—have continued to demonstrate positive psychosocial outcomes. Moreover, assisting diverse family structures in cogently providing racial socialization may optimize the historical psychosocial protection of this racially-relevant factor. In this presentation, conceptual and empirical work on mechanisms undergirding the salutary benefit of familial racial socialization will be discussed. Specifically, mixed-methods (i.e., survey, observation, interview) research will be presented that addresses how diverse families of Black youth navigate teaching their children about race.  This presentation will conclude with a discussion of ongoing and future research, including how both experimental and prospective studies can serve to promote the resiliency of Black youth.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the current state-of-the evidence concerning racism-related risk factors for Black youth
  • Demonstrate and apply a racial mindfulness technique as a means of considering the stress associated with racial socialization
  • Identify the research and clinical utility of racial socialization as a protective factor for Black youth
  • Understand how diverse family of Black youth may navigate and negotiate decisions around raising Black youth in ways that promote dignity and reduce the impact of discrimination.

Professional Biography:

Dr. Shawn Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to relocating to Richmond, Dr. Jones was a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where he worked with Dr. Howard Stevenson. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Children and Families from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Child Clinical Psychology Predoctoral intern at UCLA. He also holds a Master of Health Science in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University (2008). Dr. Jones endeavors to impact the psychosocial wellbeing of Black youth and their families by: a) exploring mechanisms undergirding culturally-relevant protective and promotive factors; b) translating basic research into interventions that harness the unique strengths of the Black experience; and c) disseminating this research to be consumed, critiqued and enhanced by the communities the work intends to serve.

Recommended Readings: 

  1. Jones, S.C.T. & Neblett, E.W. (2019). Black parenting couples’ discussions of the racial socialization process: Occurrence and effectiveness. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(1), 218-232.
  2. Jones, S.C.T., Anderson, R.E., Gaskin-Wasson, A.L., Sawyer, B.A., Applewhite, K.A, & Metzger, I.W. (2020). From “crib to coffin”: Navigating coping from racism-related stress throughout the lifespan of Black Americans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90(2), 267–282.
  3. Anderson, R. E., Jones, S. C. T., & Stevenson, H. C. (2020). The initial development and validation of the Racial Socialization Competency Scale: Quality and quantity. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(4), 426–436
  4. Jones, S.C.T., Anderson, R.E., & Metzger, I. (2020). “Standing in the Gap”: The continued importance of culturally competent intervention in CBT for Black youth. Evidence Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 5(3), 327-339.


About the Moderator

Dr. Janie Hong is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and founding partner at the Redwood Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research. She is invested in developing evidence-based ways to individualize care and address diversity factors in therapy.

Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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