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F23-104 Hip Hop as a Vehicle to Educate, Heal, and Empower

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  800 Online |  700 Professional Growth & Development
Adia Winfrey, PhD
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



This workshop begins with an in-depth presentation on the history of Hip Hop culture and its roots to the present-day movement for social justice. The facilitator will then challenge workshop attendees to consider emotional and experiential issues common amongst today’s youth. Next, an overview of the Hip Hop Empowerment Model will be presented and will include specific strategies for using Hip Hop culture to engage youth in classroom and community settings. Finally, workshop attendees will practice creating an intervention or activity using the Hip Hop Empowerment Model. The goals of this workshop are to: increase attendees’ knowledge of Hip Hop culture and its connection to social justice movements, promote the use of culturally relevant interventions with diverse populations, and raise one’s level of comfort with using Hip Hop Empowerment strategies.  


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Dr. Adia McClellan Winfrey, also known as Dr. Dia, is a Doctor of Psychology, published author, curriculum developer, and mentor to youth around the country. She has been an advocate for emotional wellness, social justice, and Hip Hop culture for over 20 years. At age 16, she received the honor of Olympic Torchbearer for her activism in these areas.  
Dr. Dia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University and Doctorate of Psychology degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation, Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.), was the first to integrate Hip Hop culture and psychological theories and was the foundation of her first book, Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip-Hop Therapy Program for Black Adolescent Boys (African-American Images, 2009).  
In 2011, with the success of her first book H.Y.P.E. and the widespread attention it garnered, Dr. Dia founded the company Elevating Us and established The H.Y.P.E. Movement, the community outreach component of her company, in Atlanta. In 2014, she moved back to her family's hometown of Talladega, Alabama to bring her Hip Hop Empowerment Model to the community. Through Elevating Us and The H.Y.P.E. Movement, Dr. Dia has worked to improve emotional wellness and build hopefulness within communities through multi-generational events and unique partnerships that have served nearly 6,000 youth around the United States.  
Dr. Dia has been featured in many publications and media outlets, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, NPR, JET Magazine, Refinary29, American Urban Radio Networks,, The Association of Black Psychologists, and several local and online news sources.  
In 2020, Dr. Dia made history as the first Black female Congressional Nominee in Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District. Branded as “The Hip Hop Congressional Candidate,” her campaign received national attention for her use of Hip Hop culture as a tool of political mobilization. After garnering a vote count of over 104,000, Dr. Dia's campaign formed Transform Alabama, a Hip Hop-based political mobilization and education organization. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 – 9:00 Log On/Registration 


9:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Overview 

9:15 – 10:00 The Evolution of Hip Hop Culture   

10:00 – 10:45 H.Y.P.E. and Issues Impacting Our Youth   


10:45 – 11:00 Break   


11:00-11:40 The Hip Hop Empowerment Model   


11:40 – 12:00 Implementing The Hip Hop Empowerment Model   

12:00 – 12:15 Q & A   

12:15 Adjournment   



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the origins of Hip Hop culture.   

  • Recognize opportunities to integrate at least one element of Hip Hop culture in classroom and community-based interventions.   

  • Identify several underlying issues challenging the emotional wellness of youth and young adults today.  

Bibliography & References



Children’s Defense Fund (2020). The State Of America’s Children 2020. The-State-Of-Americas-Children-2020.pdf ( 


Evans, Jabari (2020). Connecting Black youth to critical media literacy through hip hop making in the music classroom. Journal of Popular Music Education, 1-17. 

Forman, M., & Neal, M. A. (Eds.). (2004). That's the joint!: The hip-hop studies reader. Routledge. 

Love, B. (2020). We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom.  


Beacon. Robinson, C., Seaman, E. L., Montgomery, L., & Winfrey, A. (2018). A Review of Hip Hop-Based Interventions for Health Literacy, Health Behaviors, and Mental Health. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities, 5(3), 468–484. 

Tyson, E.H. (2002). Hip Hop Therapy: An Exploratory Study of a Rap Music Intervention with At-Risk and Delinquent Youth. Journal of Poetry Therapy 15, 131–144 

Winfrey, A. (2009). Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip Hop Therapy Curriculum for Black Teenage Boys. Chicago, IL: African American Images. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after 10/11/2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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