Date & Time: January 8–22 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Virtual

Many of the leading mental health assessments and treatments are not designed to identify and treat mental health phenomena and schemas specific to Black women.


One such schema is the Strong Woman archetype commonly possessed by Black women. This workshop will center on what Strong Black Woman Schema (SBWS) is and how Black woman’s historical and contemporary experiences, societal and cultural expectations, and self-esteem contributes to possessing this schema. Additionally, we will discuss how Strong Black Woman Schema affects allostatic load which impacts the physical health of Black women and the mental health consequences associated with always having to be “strong”. Clinicians will learn how to screen for SBWS and an introduction around how to adapt Narrative Therapy to address common mental health symptoms associated with it.

CEs: 6

Online workshop Via ZOOM (Link will be sent out 24 hours prior to the event)


Wednesdays: January 8, 15, and 22, 2025.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Explore the historical etiology and current societal occurrences that contribute to SBWS.
  • Define SBWS
  • Interpret how the historical etiology and current societal occurrences of SBWS impact the health of Black women who possess it (allostatic load, weathering).
  • Evaluate the mental health consequences/DSM-5 diagnosis associated with SBWS (depression, anxiety, somatic symptoms, and self-esteem).
  • Discuss the tenets of Strong Woman Schema and how to screen for it (Giscombe Strong Woman Questionnaire and SBWS tenants).
  • Formulate appropriate treatment plans around SBWS
  • Introduce basic tenets of narrative therapy (centering the Black woman experience, post constructivism)
  • Explore the concept of Womanism and how to use it in Narrative Therapy (critical and empathic listening, deconstruction and reconstruction phase)


  • $150 – Registration Fee
  • $125 – Alumni, FI, FFL, Adjunct Rate
  • $75 – Veterans Rate
  • Free with Promo Code – Adelphi University School of Social Work Students (please contact Erin Gerrato at for the code)
  • Reduced rates for Adelphi University Staff and Faculty.

Group discounts for 5 or more students from the same organization.

Faculty Bio

Jamalia Moses

Dr. Jamali Moses, LCSW

Dr. Jamali Moses, LCSW is a first-generation Brooklynite with Afro-Caribbean roots. For the last 20 years, her work has primarily focused on creating restorative practices and transformative cultures to promote equity and healing in schools. Dr. Moses also has a private practice where she offers psychotherapy centered around healing for women. Her practice with Black women sparked her interest in researching various topics around their intersectionality and mental health. During her doctoral research, Dr. Moses realized there is a dearth of research around Black women’s mental health and evidence informed treatments specific to their needs and experiences. As a result, she decided to bring the unique mental health needs of Black women to the forefront of her own practice and research. Dr. Moses devoted the rest of her career to healing and researching Black women’s health. She is also devoted to decolonizing social work theories and practices as a practitioner and educator. Dr. Moses has one daughter, is a Pilates enthusiast, and is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of sneakers.

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • NYSED Psychology
  • APA Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form. See full credentialing information and CEUs New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment. The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation. Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy.

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