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Virtual CE: Don’t Get Your Hair Wet!
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/9/2020
When: Friday, October 9, 2020
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Presenter: Rhonda Perry Rivers, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

Online registration is available until: 10/9/2020
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Don’t Get Your Hair Wet! Untangling the Complex Relationship Between Good Hair, Bad Hair and African American Women’s Racial Identity and Self-Esteem 

Zoom Live Webinar

CE Hours: 3


Workshop Description:

The African American Hair Care industry generates billions of dollars of revenue each year. African American women are a significant contributor to that industry suggesting that hair, for this group, is a key factor in their lifestyle. However, clinicians may be unaware that for these individuals, focusing on hair is more than just spending money to look good. This workshop will address the historical, social and political ramifications of African American Women and their relationship with their hair, specifically addressing the impact on racial identity and self-esteem. The impact of hair will be identified within the broader context of societal racism and its effects on the psychological well-being of African American women. Research findings which highlight the choices to select an Afrocentric hairstyle and the consequences for significant areas of African American Women’s lives will be presented. Clinical issues and a theoretical framework when addressing these issues with this client population will be discussed. (Intermediate)


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how slavery and the institutionalizing of white supremacy in America impacted the way African American women view their identity and self-esteem.  
  2. List three areas of African American women’s lives that are impacted by decisions around hair.
  3. Describe clinical issues to consider when working with African American women and assessing the impact of hair on their racial identity and self-esteem.  


About the Presenter: 

Dr. Rivers is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist who has over 30 years of experience providing counseling to individuals and groups. She started her career in University Counseling Centers and became the Director of Kennesaw State University (KSU) Counseling and Psychological Services. In 2009, Dr. Rivers left KSU to work full time in private practice. She started her own business, Healing Hearts Psychology Consultants, Inc., and began her private practice working with primarily African American female clients. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, particularly single women, trauma, stress, relationships, and clients whose faith is integral to their life choices. She has presented workshops on Cultural Competence to the Georgia Psychological Association and the Georgia College Counseling Association and taught graduate level courses on Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations and Social and Cultural Foundations. Dr. Rivers has served on the boards of GPA and Division F of GPA and is a Past President of the Georgia College Counseling Association. She is currently in private practice in the Smyrna/Vinings area. 



Registration Costs (per workshop): 

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before September 25, 2020 to receive this rate.)

  • $70: GPA Members
  • $105: Non-members
  • $20: *GPA Student Members


Registration (After September 25, 2020)

  • $80: GPA Members
  • $115: Non-members
  • $30: *GPA Student Members


Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

*If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 2, 2020. No refunds will be given after October 2, 2020.

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.