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Virtual Conference | May 2nd-3rd, 2024

Trailblazing In Mental Health & Wellness:

The Horizons of Transformative Change In Care 

Javai Evans


Javai graduated from Howard University. She has worked for 15 years in the mental health field providing various services to individuals & families. Currently, Javai works as a Contractor at SMILE where she previously held the position of Clinical Supervisor. As a therapist, she leans on her training in TFCBT, solution-based therapy, ACT, exposure therapy, EMDR & trauma training. Javai is able to tap into her passion for teaching through the Smile CE program, & as an adj. Professor at the HU School of SW. She recently, presented at the 2023 Black Mental Health Symp. Javai is most proud of her ability to impact her community.

Javai Evans

Day 2 Session 5A - Anti Oppressive Practices: Utilizing Culturally Competent Adaptations to Provide Evidenced Based Care within the Black and Brown Community

As mental health concerns rise people of all demographics are seeking care. As stigma continues to persist, those who dare to take the brave step to seek out therapy need to be met with culturally responsive evidence based practices.

While our stories might be similar or different due to the location, ethnicity, culture, and other intersectional identities, it is important that Therapists maintain cultural humility. Therapists have a unique disposition and yet still are not protected against unconscious bias. They too could be susceptible to the inherent racism and challenges among inequality in research on evidenced based best practices and underlying oppressive practices.

While BIPOC populations were not initially accounted for in researched evidence based practices, it is essential that we adapt our learned practices to provide the highest level of care. During this training therapists will be provided information on Anti-Oppressive Practices, learn how to use evidenced based practices within the context of culturally adapted interventions, and understand how to measure progress. As we work to improve therapeutic systems and break barriers it is essential that we remain: Anti Oppressive and Culturally Adaptive.


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  ClinicianFest By The Numbers 

ClinicianFest is a 503c organization.  Proceeds from ClinicianFest are used to fund the co-pays of those in need of mental health services but unable to afford such services in their entirety. We partner with over 216 vendors, agencies, private practitioners, and community support programs to support aid in communities with scarce mental healthcare access and resources. To date, we have assisted over 1100 clients in getting the care and aid they need on their journey. 


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