Black Mental Health & Healing Justice: Peer Support Training (Session 1)

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This is a 2-part class. Due to limited space, please only register if you can commit to both sessions. You will only need to register for the first session.

Zoom training sessions will occur on two consecutive Tuesdays in April:

  • April 12, 2022 @ 11PT/12MT/1CT/2ET (120 minutes; 2 MLA CE Credits)
  • April 19, 2022 @ 11PT/12MT/1CT/2ET (120 minutes; 2 MLA CE Credits)

The Black Emotion & Mental Health Collective's (BEAM's), Black Mental Health & Healing Justice Peer Support training is a two-day, mental health literacy and healing justice training for people working, living in, and supporting Black communities.

The training equips participants with 101 knowledge of mental health issues, myths and challenges in Black communities and provides participants with tools and skills to offer healing justice informed peer support.

BEAM Instructors

L'Oréal McCollum, Mental Health Training Manager
L'Oréal (she/her) holds 15+ years of experience in community health and wellness, training and education, the healing arts, social activism, public affairs, and communication, media and entertainment. She is an alumna of Widener University's M.Ed./MSW program in Human Sexuality Studies and Clinical Social Work. In addition to her work with BEAM, she is an adjunct faculty member of Temple University's Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Department.

Yolo Akili Robinson, BEAM Founder and Executive Director
Yolo (he/him)is an award-winning writer, healing justice worker, and yogi who has worked primarily in three areas: Batterers intervention/family counseling with Black men and boys, HIV/AIDS, and healing justice/wellness. In 2018, Yolo was awarded the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Health Equity Award" for his work. He was also featured at the 2020 BET Awards as an "Empowerful Spotlight," highlighting his work facilitating the vision of BEAM. His writings and work have appeared on Shondaland, GQ, Women's Health, USA Today, Vice, BET, Huffington Post, Cassius, Ebony, Everyday Feminisms and more. He is the author of the social justice themed affirmation book, "Dear Universe: Letters of Affirmation & Empowerment for All of Us" (Michael Todd Books, 2016) and a contributor to Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown's anthology on Black vulnerability and shame resilience, "You are Your Best Thing" (2021, Random House Books).

CE Credits
Participants are eligible for 2 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credits for each session for a maximum of 4 credits for attending both sessions.

What Does it Cost?
There is no charge for participating in this training program.

Who Can Attend?
Registration is open to all NNLM network members. Enrollment is limited to 60 participants. Due to limited enrollment, please only register if you are committed to attending and actively participating in both sessions.


After this training, participants can:

  • Apply and provide peer emotional support through a healing justice framework.

  • Identify and map out strategies and resources for mental health in their own communities.

  • Challenge and provide accurate information on common myths on medication, psychology and mental health in Black communities.

  • Name and identify common mental health diagnoses, challenges, and mental health treatments in Black communities.

Class Details

Date(s): April 5, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 2.00
Class Experience Level: Beginner
This class is sponsored by Region 1.
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