23rd Annual Culture Conference: 2014

TRANSFORMING LIFE NARRATIVES: WEAVING STORIES OF HEALING

Jay King, Rocky Robbins, Sueli Petry, Debra Levans, Glenn Wolf

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.

Watch a video reaction from Thandiwe Dee Watts Jones

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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