Superhero Grief: Black Grief through the Eyes of the Black Panther

Feb 25, 2022 12:00pm -
Feb 25, 2022 01:30pm

Event Description

Superhero Grief: Black Grief through the Eyes of the Black Panther

There are five workshops being offered in this Superhero Grief Series. You may choose to take 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 workshops in the series. You must register separately for each workshop. Each workshop provides 1.5 Category I Contact Hours. 

Other workshops in the series include:

  • January 28 -  Social Workers as Grief Leaders: What We Can Learn from the Life and Service of Captain America -Registration open here
  • Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss, Jill Harrington-LaMorie, DSW, LCSW - Date TBD
  • Being Your Own Neighborhood Spiderman: Bereavement and Advocacy Efforts, Joyal Muhleron, MS - Date TBD
  • Art-Informed Grief Therapy and How the Flash Could Benefit from Restorative Retelling, Sharon Strouse - Date TBD


Session Description:
The Black Panther film (Fiege & Coogler, 2018), masterfully captures the essence and nuances of the lived experiences, loss, and bereavement among Black communities while also highlighting the heterogeneity that exists in populations of African ancestry. This presentation assumes an intersectional lens in its analysis of the ways in which themes in the Black Panther film mirror patterns of traumatic violent loss, non-death loss, and cumulative loss in Black communities. The presentation centers the bereavement experiences of two young adult male, blood-related cousins, of African ancestry and issues that arise as they grieve the violent deaths of their fathers in distinct familial, social, economic, political, and geographic contexts. In particular, we will explore issues unique to homicide grief in racialized-gendered-class-based contexts, cultural strengths and conflicts that may arise in the intergenerational transmission of values, including the “duty to carry on,” family betrayal (secrecy), and the centrality of ancestral connections for bereaved Black youth and families. Implications for clinical practice and outreach with Black youth and families will be provided.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe patterns of traumatic violent loss, non-death loss, cumulative loss and grief in Black communities drawing from illustrations in the Black Panther film.
  • Explicate grief among Black populations through an intersectional lens that situates grief responses within familial, social, economic, political, and geographic contexts.
  • Identify approaches to working with Black families that account for heterogeneity among Black individuals and families, cultural values that serve as strengths, particularly ancestor connection, as well as external and internal challenges to grief and coping within Black communities.


CEUs: 1.5 Category I Contact Hours


Instructor: Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT

Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after completion)

NASW Member       $22.50
Non-Member          $37.50





This is a live virtual training. Registrants will be sent the login to join the day prior to the training. 



If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.  

Event Type:Social
Early registration ends on Dec 12, 2021.
Regular registration starts on Dec 13, 2021 and ends on Feb 24, 2022.
Late registration starts on Feb 25, 2022.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 1.5 CE Hours
Member Fee: $22.50$22.50$22.50
Non-Member Fee: $37.50$37.50$37.50