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.
Our 24th Annual Culture Conference will continue the theme of transforming life narratives. We will further explore the power of our heritage for creating our future: that is, the power of acknowledging roots and strengthening our wings. We will explore life narratives in life cycle perspective, examining in particular the turning points when they transform their life narratives. Read more…
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