Course Description

This course should particularly benefit counselors,  social workers, and other behavioral health practitioners seeking a better understanding of the crisis related to Black youth suicide in America.  This course will examine the growing crisis in the mental health and well-being of Black youth. 

The purpose of this proposal is present a course that will examine the crisis in the mental health and well-being of Black youth. Death by suicide among Black youth has grown faster at alarming rates than for any other racial/ethnic group of comparable age, with Black youth under 13 years being twice as likely to die by suicide as Whites. Research shows that Black adolescents are significantly less likely to receive care for depression, which is a major risk factor for suicide—with pervasive structural inequities, social determinants of health, stigma, and mistrust of health care providers creating barriers to treatment. The report provides recommendations and resources for professionals and families. 

The learning objectives for this course are as follows: identify trends related to suicide in American youth, especially Black youth, Identify recommendations for clinically addressing the trend in Black youth suicide and Identify recommendations regarding community-informed strategies for use by professionals and families. 

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 3-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Refund policy:   No refund will be given for the purchase of course.

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

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Senior Trainer

Donell Buggs, LPC

Donell received a BA degree in Psychology from Bloomfield College and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in New York, NY. He is also a member of the American Alliance of Christian Counseling (AACC), the New Jersey Association of Counseling (NJAC) and SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) of Burlington County. Donell is a Licensed Professional Counselor with years of experience in servicing people from various walks of life. He has worked with those who have struggled with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, psychotic-related disorders and trauma-related issues. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings which encompasses a psychiatric hospital, community behavioral health outpatient program, In-Home Clinical services and residential treatment programs. Donell is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, has received his certificate of completion in Suicide Prevention, Assessment, Intervention and Recovery, and has recently completed his certification training as a Sex Offender Treatment Provider. In addition, Donell has received specialized training in CBT and PTSD from the Beck Institute and has completed his certification training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Moreover, Donell has completed his Certification as an Anger Management Treatment Professional. Donell has experience in providing individual, group, and family/couple’s therapy. He facilitated a 12-week Anger Management group for adolescent males and has facilitated a 10-week Illness Management and Recovery group. He works diligently to provide tools essential to those that he serves to overcome challenges that impede their ability to become the best version of themselves. His goal is to empower, enrich and educate each consumer in order for them to live a fulfilling and purposeful life.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Suicide and the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

    • Suicide and Black Youth-1-20

    • Slide 21-Video

    • Suicide and Black Youth-22

    • Slide 23-Video

    • Suicide and Black Youth-24-28

    • Slide 29-Video

    • Suicide and Black Youth-30

    • Slide 31-Video

    • Suicide and Black Youth-32-34

    • Suicide and the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America Quiz

    • Evaluation



    • Handout-SAFE-T Protocol with C-SSRS

    • Handout-PHQ-9-Modified for Teens

  • 3

    Next Steps...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...