The Multicultural Family Institute (MFI), incorporated in 1991 is a non-profit educational institution, is devoted to post-graduate family therapy training, research, and consultation to community institutions from a Multicultural Systemic perspective. We are committed to promoting social justice, countering societal forces that undermine people because of race, gender, culture, class, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. We seek to create a world in which all members of our community share in the possibility of finding a “home place” where they feel safe and can receive educational, health, and mental health resources that allow them to function at their best. MFI began as a Family Training Program at the Community Mental Health Center of UMDNJ in 1974 and are now located in Highland Park NJ.
Our faculty have been working together for many years to promote a multi-contextual, systems approach to resolving human problems within a framework of community empowerment. We represent a diversity of cultural perspectives and are committed to individual, family and community experiences throughout the life cycle. Some of the issues considered are trauma and loss, children’s problems, couple relationships, intergenerational relationships, conflicts, and cut-offs. We collaborate with a broad national and international network of colleagues similarly dedicated to evolving a multi-contextual cultural framework. Associate and Guest Faculty participate in our teaching programs and in our culture conference every spring.
The Multicultural Family Institute held its 23rd Annual Culture Conference on April 11-12 with our special guest, Dr. Rockey Robbins of the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Robbins, a counseling psychologist, who is Chocktaw and Cherokee offered profoundly moving present ions on father-son relationships, transformational stories, grandparenting, the importance of our human connection to nature and to each other in our assessment and healing. The conference explored transformative narratives that search for the strengths our clients already have to survive and to go beyond survival to creativity for themselves, each other, their communities and for future generations. Faculty discussants came from all over the country and provided profound insights from many different cultural perspectives. Watch for videos from this conference which will appear on our website shortly.