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$20 for the General Public

$200 for 30 CEUs*

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$20 for the General Public

$200 for 30 CEUs*

Created and Facilitated by Vic Doster, LMSW

and Karissa Doster-Hoffman, LCSW, LCDC

Are you Ready to Commit?

Black History is deeper than just a month’s worth of celebration, increased social media visibility and teachings in school. It is more than Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and the other Black warriors that have been popularly a part of the streamlined approach to disseminating information about Black history.


We want to challenge you to break the cycle of isolating Black excellence and history into a month’s worth of time, once a year. Black history is more. We challenge you to break the cycle of white America’s continuous attempts to make up for centuries of Black oppression cosigned with heinous behaviors like racism and discrimination.

What can you expect from this course? 

If you want to sign up and be a “committed learner” of the online course Black and Amplified, you will gain access to six (6) unit course, with each unit spanning two months. Each unit will contain one (1) hour of video content featuring the course facilitators, supplemental material, and and weekly learning check-ins with M.I.N.D.F.U.L. Mondays to encourage application of knowledge and integration into your personal and professional life. 


M.I.N.D.F.U.L. Mondays (Magnify, Integrate, Navigate, Discover, Fortify, Unify, Lead) will consist of varying topics on a weekly basis. This may include a spotlight person, a suggested movie title, a podcast recommendation, an article to read, and/or other relevant information selected by the facilitators.

Can't log in every Monday? No worries! The content will be there for you when you're available to log in! 


Depending on where you are in your journey of understanding/embracing Black excellence and history, you may experience discomfort, excitement, or other feelings and emotions. You can also look forward to meaningful engagement and difficult moments of reflection that will contribute to an abundance of growth in both your personal and professional life. What each person gains from this series is dependent upon self determination to utilize new knowledge as a catalyst for change and empowerment. ​

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:

Course Objectives-

1. Learn terminology and history related to the BIPOC community, specifically the Black community

2. Analyze concepts such as intersectionality, privilege, racism, reverse racism, and prejudice as they related to the Black community specifically

3. Review historical information and utilize critical thinking to connect history to present-day social issues

4. Learn about racism and abuse in healthcare and education

5. Identify crucial narratives which perpetuate discrimination (ex. law and order, misplaced praise)

Created and Facilitated by Vic Doster, LMSW


Karissa Doster-Hoffman, LCSW, LCDC


Vic Doster, LMSW


Karissa Doster-Hoffman, LCSW, LCDC

Course Schedule

Topics may be modified based on the needs of Committed Learners


Unit 1: So You Committed... (5 CEUs, a $50 value)

Begins April 25, 2021

Unit 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Participates will learn the history of the term BIPOC and gain insight into the relevance of Blackness within the United States

  • Participants will understand the concept of intersectionality as it pertains to Blackness and gender

  • Participants will understand the causes and effects of the barriers faced by the BIPOC community regarding access to and acceptance of mental health services


Unit 2: May the Truth Be With You (5 CEUs, a $50 value)

Begins June 27, 2021

Unit 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will apply critical thinking skills to observe their own privileges and biases

  • Participants will learn about individuals whose impact on Black culture was skewed, distorted and erased by whiteness and privilege

  • Participates will understand the following terms: racism, prejudice, “reverse racism”, privilege and their correct usages


Unit 3: Sounds Queer...I’m In! (5 CEUs, a $50 value)

Begins August 29, 2021

Unit 3 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain insight into Black Queerness and its history

  • Participants will understand the intersection of being Black and Queer and the internal and external impact

  • Participants will gain knowledge on how to become more inclusive of the Black LGBTQ+ population along with appropriate ways to immerse themselves into the culture


Unit 4: “Law and Order” (5 CEUs, a $50 value)

Begins October 24, 2021

Unit 4 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about Jim Crow Laws and will be able to identify examples of how these laws still are relevant today

  • Participants will understand modern day oppression and the impact it has on basic rights

  • Participants will be able to identify ways in which they can empower their local Black communities


Unit 5: Education- A History of Shaping the Future with the Past (5 CEUs, a $50 value)

Begins December 19, 2021

Unit 5 Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will understand how common disparities impact Black children and their access to education and fair treatment within school systems

  • Participants will learn be able to identify at least 3 disparities

  • Participants will learn strategies to engage their local school officials in conversations about inclusive education


Unit 6: Blackness and Culture- Our Amplification (5 CEUs, a $50 value)

Begins February 1, 2022

Unit 6 Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn about the history of Black culture and how it is relevant today

  • Participants will be able to define microaggressions and learn how they occur in our everyday lives

  • Participants will learn what cultural appropriation is and how it impacts Black culture


Important Information

This course includes a pre-test and post-test. Information collected in the pre- and post-tests will be utilized to gauge the impact of the course and may be utilized for research and publication. All participant identities will be handled ethically and any public use of data will keep participant identities confidential.

If you are registering for General Public access:

Each course unit contains a 1-hour video, supplemental material, M.I.N.D.F.U.L. Mondays, and a quiz. Once you have completed each of the six (6) units, you will have access to a survey at the end of the last unit. Completion of that survey will generate your course certificate, which will be emailed to you.

If you are registering for CEUs:

If you are registering for CEUs you may register for individual course units, or you may register for the entire course. Each course unit contains a 1-hour video, supplemental material, M.I.N.D.F.U.L. Mondays, a quiz, and a survey. Completion of all items in a unit will issue the 5 CEUs available in that unit. Completing the survey at the end of each unit will automatically generate your certificate, which will be emailed to you. A total of 30 CEUs are available if participants complete all content in each of the course units. 

*The Borderland Rainbow Center under sponsor number 7798 has been approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners to offer continuing education contact hours to social workers. The approved status of The Borderland Rainbow Center, Continuing Education Service expires annually on July 31.  If you hold a license in another State or discipline, it is not guaranteed that our content will meet your requirements.  We recommend that you check with your licensing body for any requirements and allowances.

Are You Ready to Commit?

Register to Become a Committed Learner