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The Association of Black Psychologist Launches Sawubona Healing Circles

The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. will host Sawubona Healing CirclesSM to the 2021presidential inauguration to help Black Americans cope with race-related stress. The circles are free to the black communities and will be held virtually on January 19th, 20th, & 21st; 8 PM EST.

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KEY POINTS

1) The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. (ABPsi) was founded in 1968 by Black Psychologists, who were guided by the principle of self-determination.

2) ABPsi develops the theory and practice guidelines of Black Psychology, which is rooted in unifying African principles, values, and traditions to resolve personal and social problems and to promote optimal functioning among Black/African Americans. ABPsi provides a culturally-grounded rapid response program to interrupt the stress and trauma impact.

3) Black communities have been significantly impacted by the stress and psychological toll that the recent and ongoing events of the pandemic, police brutality, 2020 presidential election, and the insurrection at the Capitol.

4) The Sawubona (a KiKonga term for “I/we see you”) Healing Circles SM are a culturally-grounded practice to connect and affirm cultural values and healing strategies that have long-term protective benefits. The healing circle is a sacred and safe Black space for people to openly share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions.

5) A Sawubona Healing Circles SM are not therapy. They are a rapid response program designed to interrupt stress and trauma, while offering a supportive healing opportunity to learn culturally-affirming wellness strategies.

It is imperative that we inoculate our people with culturally-affirming knowledge, awareness, and strategies to protect against the negative impact of these heinous events. In doing so, we strive to promote self-determination, cultural accountability, and collective/individual healing.

The aims of the program are to strengthen self-care, activate self-healing and empowerment in participants. The program also expands the local capacity of the mental wellness workforce and grassroots efforts to meet the unique needs of the Black community by promoting cultural awareness in countering the exposure to complex cultural trauma and racial stress, while promoting optimal ethnic identity formation, increase functioning, and cultural resilience.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation,

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