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Addressing anti-Black racism in mental health and addiction care

Participate in a one-hour, educational session which examines the mental health and well-being challenges Black Canadians face.

About this event

About the Session

Understanding and addressing anti-Black racism in all forms is an essential competency. However, in order for these efforts to be effective, there must be a foundational level of knowledge about what anti-Black racism is and the many factors that contribute to racialized outcomes.

Addressing anti-Black racism in mental health and addiction care is a one-hour, educational session examines the mental health and well-being challenges faced by Black Canadians.

Participants will:

  • explore the cultural strengths and protective factors that can mitigate risks associated with both the social determinants of health (SDH) and systemic racism.
  • learn about the intersections of racial and culturally rooted stigma and the impact on help-seeking behaviours and recovery.
  • discuss the prevalence patterns associated with racism and racialized health outcomes.

This informative session will be led by Renascent Board Member and Ontario’s first Assistant Deputy Minister for the Anti-Racism Directorate, Professor Akwatu Khenti. This is a must-attend event for anyone who would like to gain practical tools and skills for addressing anti-Black racism that can be applied in any setting.

This Education Session is sponsored by: Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and is eligable to qualify for 1 CEU credit.

About the Presenter

Akwatu Khenti is an assistant professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, chair of Toronto’s Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity and a Renascent board member. He was Assistant Deputy Minister for Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate and Director of Transformative Global Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is currently an affiliate Scientist with CAMH. Akwatu has a Specialist Degree in Economics and a Masters in Political Science, both from the University of Toronto. He also has a PhD in Health Policy and Equity from York University.

Akwatu was involved in a wide variety of international efforts to strengthen mental health and addiction for marginalized communities; and previously led CAMH’s specialized drug treatment and prevention programs for Black youth in Toronto, the Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY).

He has been a principal investigator (PI) on several important research initiatives; including a CIHR funded randomized control trial (RCT) to test an anti-stigma intervention in primary health care in Ontario as well as a Grand Challenge in Global Health funded project to improve mental health conditions in Gujarat, India using human rights based approaches.

Akwatu also led a hemispheric drug research capacity building collaboration for 10 years with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States (CICAD, OAS. This involved 30 universities and National Drug Commissions across Latin America and the Caribbean. He also led the development of easy-to-follow, culturally adapted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions for immigrants of Latin American as well as African Caribbean origin (both English and French speaking).


This Education Session is sponsored by: Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)

The CACCF promotes, certifies and monitors the competency of addiction specific counsellors in Canada using current and effective practices, which are internationally recognized. The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) is a not for profit Ontario registered organization that has been in operation for 36 years.

Upcoming Dates

No future dates are known at this time.

Past Dates

  • Friday, September 17, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 pm