TRANSFORMING LIFE NARRATIVES:
The Multicultural Family Institute is extremely excited to announce our keynote presenter, for the April 11-12, 2014 Culture Conference: Transforming Life Narratives: Weaving Stories of Healing will be Dr. Rockey Robbins of the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Robbins, who is Chocktaw and Cherokee is a counseling psychologist whose primary interests include transformational stories, grandparenting, assessment, healing, academic motivation, and multi-family and group interventions. He has been developing an American Indian treatment model based on traditional American Indian ideas and practices.
This year’s Culture Conference will continue to challenge the way in which we are pressured into clinical practice which focuses on pathologizing narratives. Systemic work requires transforming such dysfunction-seeking work toward more creative, resilience-focused clinical interventions and healing. We want to shine the light on those who are not seen or heard, those who live in the shadows. As Julia Dinsmore says:
My name is not “Problem and Case to Be Managed.” I am a capable human being and citizen, not a client. The social service system can never replace the compassion and concern of loving Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Fathers, Cousins, Community – all the bonded people who need to be but are not present to bring children forward to their potential.
My name is not “Lay Down and Die Quietly.” My love is powerful and my urge to keep my children alive will never stop. All children need homes and people who love them. They need safety and the chance to be the people they were born to be. The wind will stop before I let my children become a statistic. Before you give in to the urge to blame me, the blames that lets us go blind and unknowing into the isolation that disconnects us, take another look. Don’t go away. For I am not the problem, but the solution. And…My name is not “Those People.”
The conference will help us explore 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.
|TIME and DATE:||9 am to 5:30 pm Friday April 11 and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday April 12, 2014|
|PRESENTERS:||Faculty of the Institute, and special guests|
|CLINICAL HOURS:||15 Clinical, Cultural Competence Contact Hours for the 2-day Conference|
|GOAL:||Expand our clinical understanding of the meaning of home in a context where our cultural history has been so pervaded by the disruption and trauma of colonization, migration, and the diaspora of so many populations.|
|AUDIENCE:||LCSWs, LPCs, Psychologists & Other Mental Health Professionals, Intermediate & Advanced Levels|
|SESSION OBJECTIVES:||1. To explore the importance of transforming life narratives for clients in all clinical work |
2. To expand participants’ knowledge and awareness of the effect of a pathologizing framework on client’s sense of identity and potential.
3. To expand participants ability to creatively assist clients in transforming their own life narratives in the direction of healing and resilience
4. To expand participants’ understanding of culture in terms of the multiple dimensions of oppression
|LOCATION:||Neuman Center, 146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854|
|COST:||$200 until March 11, then $225; Full time students $100 till March 11, then $125 (STUDENTS PLEASE PAY BY CHECK AND INCLUDE STUDENT ID FOR VERIFICATION) all others:...pay by check or PayPal|
|AGENDA:||8:30 Welcoming Music by the Cultural Conference Musicians|
9:00 Welcome: Nydia Garcia Preto, Monica McGoldrick, Paulette Hines, Hinda Winawer and the Culture Conference Musicians
9:30 Transforming Life Narratives: Weaving Stories of Healing: Nydia Garcia Preto, Monica McGoldrick and Matthew Mock
10:00 Reflections: Nancy Boyd Franklin, Eli Nealy & Melissa chu