TRANSFORMING LIFE NARRATIVES: WEAVING STORIES OF HEALING
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.
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
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