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Cultural & Behavioral Health Disparities Amid COVID-19

Helen Hinton, MEd, LPCC

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Cultural & Behavioral Health Disparities Amid COVID-19 is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that examines the mental and behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations during COVID-19.

This course will address social determinants of health and their influence on mental and behavioral health outcomes for COVID-19. Research findings are presented to assist with the knowledge component of racial and ethnocultural responsiveness. We examine the mental and behavioral health disparities of racial and ethnic minority populations collectively and then separately, highlighting African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino/Hispanic groups.

We will investigate how racism and discrimination, economic inequality, healthcare access and utilization, work and home conditions, and mass incarceration contribute to COVID-19 morbidity and mortality rates among racial and ethnic minority populations. Poorer mental and behavioral health outcomes for COVID-19 reiterate the importance of addressing health inequalities, responding to systems of oppression, validating intergenerational trauma, removing barriers to healthcare access, and engaging in culturally responsive care.

This course will encourage you to self-reflect on the role of your own racial and ethnic identity. To aid in this process, self-reflection prompts are included periodically to promote the development of cultural humility. These prompts will help with the awareness component of cultural competency. An awareness of our own cultural values, biases, and assumptions is necessary to acknowledge racial bias, stereotyping, and where we are on the scale of privileged to marginalized, thus assisting in developing the skills necessary for the promotion of physical, mental, and behavioral health equity.

Course #40-53 | 2021 | 80 pages | 25 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify five factors that contribute to the health disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups
2. Describe how privilege and power affect racial and ethnic minority populations and impact the therapeutic alliance
3. Discuss how ethical principles of justice, diversity, and inclusion serve as foundational principles for racial and ethnocultural responsiveness
4. Specify Social Determinants of Health implicated in poorer COVID-19 health outcomes
5. List three ways COVID-19 restrictions impact mental health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations
6. Name a best practice used to address treatment barriers among Hispanics/Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA Provider #3159); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635), Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635), and Occupational Therapy Practice (#34); the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135), licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0100, and licensed social workers #SW-0664 (Note: New York counselors, marriage & family therapists, and social workers will receive 4 continuing education credits for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio MFTs completing this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education credits); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678); and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635) (all courses are reported within two business days of completion).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Helen Hinton, MEd, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in community mental health, serving as a program manager, clinical supervisor, and clinician for child and family school-based services, She obtained a Master of Education in Elementary School Guidance Counseling from The Citadel and received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University. With a passion for learning and research, Helen has developed online continuing education courses on a wide range of topics, including trauma-informed systems of care, gender, and sexual identity issues, substances use disorder, motivational enhancement therapy, racial and ethnocultural responsiveness, behavioral health disparities among LGBTQ+, and suicide prevention. She currently provides one-on-one coaching to examinees preparing for the National Counselor Exam and has developed content for exam preparation study manuals and online mock exams.

Financial: Helen Hinton receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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