In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the NBCC Foundation made the difficult decision to move their annual Bridging the Gap Symposium to an online platform for the safety and well-being of attendees, staff, and presenters. Providing learning opportunities that explore diversity and discuss how to best address the needs of underserved communities is always at the forefront of planning for Symposium sessions. This move has allowed the team to think of new and innovative ways to bring learning to counselors all over the country.
The 2020 Bridging the Gap Digital Experience will take place June 16–19, 2020. The theme for the event is “Family Matters,” with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich families that represent minority and other underserved communities.
In this year’s first keynote address, Can’t Heal What You Don’t Reveal, Rwenshaun Miller, MA, NCC, LCMHC, will address the concerns of mental health for Black people by challenging stereotypes and the stigma associated with mental illness while exploring the role of Black social systems and intergenerational trauma as related to mental health challenges in minority communities. During the second keynote address, The Cost of Making It: The Intersection of Success and Survival, Dr. Ajita Robinson, NCC, LCPC, will highlight the unique and unshared challenges that first-generation trauma survivors and first-generation poverty disruptors often encounter on their journey “of making it.”