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Cultural Competency: Black Hair & Skin Care for Deathcare Professionals

Sunday, January 24, 2021
12:00 pm2:30 pm
Cultural Competency: Black Hair & Skin Care for Deathcare Professionals

Caring for the hair, skin and cosmetic needs of the deceased is a vital function and responsibility for all deathcare professionals. End-of-life healthcare workers, death doulas, and funeral service professionals all play a vital role in ensuring that the death is as comfortable as possible during their transition and that their families have the best overall memory picture. The hair, skin, and cosmetic care of the deceased frame much of this experience. Sadly, until now there has been no professional training offered which focuses on the hair, skin, and cosmetic care of black dying and deceased.

This course has been designed to educate and empower deathcare professionals from all backgrounds, experiences, and skill levels. Topics of discussion will include:
- Black Hair History
- African American Hair in Culture & Society
- Religious and Spiritual Observance
- Hair Textures and Types
- Natural vs Chemically Treated Hair
- Hair Replacements and Accessories
- Grooming Suggestions for Black Men
- Tools and Suggested Products
- Communication, Language, and Terminology & Open Discussion
- Black Skin and Cosmetic Care Basics
- Open Discussion and more!

The course is designed to introduce powerfully impactful skills, knowledge, and information that will enable participants to achieve the following objectives:
- Understand the value and importance of having basic understanding, skill, and competency as it relates to catering to the black demographic.
- Break communication barriers between death care professionals and families concerning black hair, skin, and cosmetic care needs at the time of death.
- Educate death care professionals about the basics of black hair, skin, and cosmetic care.
- Respond to questions about black hair, skin, and cosmetic care.
- Empower death care professionals to confidently provide basic quality hair, skin, and cosmetic care to African American and ethnic decedents through the introduction of specific yet simple styling and cosmetic techniques and terminology.

This course is approved for 4 CE credit hours through APFSP. This course is open to any licensed or non-licensed professionals (students and non-licensed support teams). It is a great resource for doulas, healthcare professionals, and medical examination and forensic teams.