Tools of Engagement: Coaching to Improve Health Outcomes for African American Women

April 28, 2018


9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Room 713 (7th Floor)


This workshop utilizes the Superwoman Schema to examine coaching in tandem with traditional social work practice and psychotherapy methods to engage African American women in improving their physical and mental health. Participants will experience the coaching process while exploring ways to integrate coaching skills into social work practice.

The first quarter of this workshop will introduce social workers to coaching concepts and skills while comparing and contrasting coaching with traditional social work practice and psychotherapy methods using video demonstrations and role-plays with participants. The second quarter of the workshop will use the Superwoman Schema as a conceptual framework to identify the ways social workers are uniquely qualified to utilize coaching principles with a focus on using this dual skillset to engage African American women (and potentially other minority populations) in improving their physical and mental health.  Specific coaching attributes that support its use with African American women (i.e. co-creating, meeting of equals, taking place outside of health settings, focusing on strengths as opposed to deficits, believing client inherently has the answer, and the social workers ability to flex between coaching and engaging/referring in mental health services when needed, etc.) will be explored in detail.  

In the second half of the workshop, participants will be divided into pairs or groups to discuss the differences and overlap between psychotherapy and coaching and to role-play various coaching techniques. The workshop will culminate with a discussion to address experiences within the group exercise, ways to integrate coaching into social work practice, and remaining questions and/or concerns.


Kimberly Bonds Grocher, LCSW, CPC earned a BS in Psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, MD, MSW from Howard University in Washington DC, and MA in Media Studies & Media Management from The New School in New York City. She completed post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Couple Therapy at the Training Institute for Mental Health in NYC and received coach training through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).  Kimberly is completing her PhD in Social Work at Fordham University in New York City where her research focuses on using Media & Technology to enhance clinical practice, organizational, and policy development around mental and physical health as well as mind-body therapies to prevent and alleviate mental illness in women of color.

Kimberly has provided psychotherapy, coaching, and consultation services in numerous settings in the Baltimore/Washington DC Metro area, South Florida, and New York City including inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings, sub-acute and long-term care, corporations (such as New York Times, The Times, Viacom, etc.), and private practice. In addition to her clinical work, she has extensive experience as a trainer and educator developing seminars and presenting on topics around health & wellness, media & technology in clinical practice, and non-profit management.

Continuing Education Hours

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours, as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

Completion of these classes will result in the receipt of three (3) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

Class Fee

The price is listed below: 

  • Fordham GSS Alumni:  $95
  • Fordham GSS Students:  $55
  • Fordham Current Field Instructors:  $55
  • Other Students:  $60
  • All others:  $105

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Refunds and Cancellations

In the event that the class is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

Contact Us

Keila Zapata-Kelly, MSW, CASAC-T
Administrator of Continuing Education & Social Work Licensure