Supporting Positive Black Youth Development within a Racialized Society

When: Monday, February 6 - 11:30 AM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Black Americans have used their strengths and resources alongside their allies to resist historic and ongoing oppression. Mental health providers from all backgrounds have a role in supporting Black youth and families within a racialized society.

This year’s Black History Month theme is Black Resistance, and we are excited to partner with Clem L. Richardson to highlight this theme. In addition to learning from Clem’s lived experiences with the mental health, substance use, and criminal justice systems, this webinar aims to engage providers in learning ways to support Black youth within current societal contexts informed by trauma and triumphs in history. 

Mr. Clem Richardson ushers providers to better understand how historical events have lasting impacts on one’s mental health, the importance of practicing within an anti-racist framework, and several approaches to engagement from a more youth-guided and person-centered perspective.

Clem L. Richardson, (MS, CSAC, MAC) is a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist, and has been counseling people with addictions for over twenty years. He is certified as a Clinical Substance Counselor (CSAC) and was recently awarded his certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCCAP). Clem is trained in many different cultural therapy styles and uses various counseling techniques that meet the needs of the individuals he works with. Clem also has lived experience: selling and using drugs, gang involvement, and was a former “criminal”. Through his experiences he seeks to empower others and has mentored countless men and youth over the years and still does today. 

Mr. Richardson is the CEO and Founder of Manna Behavioral Services and provides workshops, group facilitation, and prevention education for youth or adults at Alternative Schools, church groups, and community correctional programs. In partnership with All of Us, he also provides “Stress and Mental” education and health literacy for adult men. Clem has been employed for the past 8 years at the Joshua Glover Center through Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) working with returning citizens from State/Federal prison as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. For the last 19 years, Clem also facilitates support groups for men at Project Return, a prison re-entry program. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Certificate of Appreciation, Prison-Reentry Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Parent with the Most Commitment award. He received a Community Impact Award Rising Star from SDC and the “Black Excellence Award” from the Milwaukee Times.