25th Annual Culture Conference April 15-16, 2016

Our Multiple Identities: Transitions & Transformations Through the Life Cycle 

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This will be our 25th Culture Conference, an exciting yearly event since 1992 which has drawn on colleagues from all over the U.S. who have collaborated with us on expanding our clinical creativity in the search for social justice in our society. Our conference will continue to challenge the ways in which we are pressured into clinical assessment and intervention that focuses on pathologizing narratives. Systemic work requires transforming such dysfunction-seeking practices toward more creative resilience focused clinical interventions and healing practices.

This year’s focus will be on our multiple identities: Transitions and transformations through the life cycle. We will explore transforming narratives from conflict, cutoff and cynicism toward creativity, connection and resilience.

In addition to our long-standing creative faculty, we will have a special presentation by Dr. Michael Fowlin, (a.k.a. Mykee), psychologist, poet, and and actor, who will do a program on issues of race, discrimination, violence prevention and our multiple identities. We are very excited to welcome back as key-noters many of our networker’s most beloved presenters along with several newer voices: Salome Raheim, Ken Hardy, Rockey Robbins, Eli Nealy, Yajaira Curiel, and Deborah Levans. These faculty along with others from all over the US, offer us great insights each year. Please mark your calendar so you can be part of this exciting next conference of an extraordinary group of faculty and participants that gather each year to pursue systemic understanding and honest conversations about our past, our present and our future.

Monica McGoldrick, Nydia Garcia Preto, Sueli Petry, Barbara Petkov and Roberto Font

PROFESSIONAL CONTACT HOURS: Important Notice: Certificate Fee for Professional Contact Hours is $20 payable by separate check or money order only after the program.  Participants will not be eligible for continuing education credits if they are not on time and present for the entire session. Participants must sign in and sign out each day, and must complete an evaluation to receive the certificate. Partial credits will not be issued to participants arriving late or leaving early.  Certificates will be mailed by e-mail or US Mail, to the address provided by participant.

CANCELLATIONS will be refunded less $30 administration fee if cancelled at least 2 weeks before the conference.

ASWB ACE approval statement: “This organization, The Multicultural Family Institute, provider #1127, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. The Multicultural Family Institute maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 08/10/15 – 08/10/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical and 6 Cultural Competency continuing education clock hours.”

ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Statement: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #12 Course #645. Social workers will receive the following credit: 6 hour(s) Clinical Social Work Practice and 6 hour(s) Social and Cultural Competency for the approval period starting April 2016 and ending April 2018.”

Grievance Policy: In the event of a problem or concern contact: 732-565-9010 x 11, Monica McGoldrick, Director.  If not resolved satisfactorily participants may appeal to the NJ State Board of Social Work Examiners.

TIME and DATE: April 15 to 16, 2016
PRESENTERS: Salome Raheim, Sam Cruz, Ken Hardy, Rockey Robbins, Elijah Nealy, Yajaira Curiel, Tim Baima, Deborah Levans and many others.
CLINICAL HOURS: 6 Clinical, & 6 Cultural Competence Contact Hours for the 2-day Conference
GOAL: 1. Define various dimensions of identity and define ways to help client clarify their multiple identities through the life cycle.
2. Apply clinicians’ awareness of the intersectionality of clients’ multiple identities and 
demonstrate their importance in assessment and intervention. 

3. Demonstrate clinicians’ understanding of how power shapes clients’ multiple identities. 

4. Create narratives collaboratively with clients that emphasize resilience and 
transformation as an essential part of their evolving multiple identities.
AUDIENCE: LCSWs, LPCs, Psychologists & Other Mental Health Professionals, Intermediate & Advanced Levels
LOCATION: Crown Plaza, 2055 Lincoln Hwy, Edison, NJ 08817
COST: $255...pay by check or PayPal
8:30 Musical Prelude: Culture Conference Musicians
9:00 Welcome: Nydia Garcia Preto, Monica McGoldrick, Hinda Winawer, Maria Root
Nydia Garcia Preto, Monica McGoldrick
10:30 Break
10:45 YOU DON’T KNOW ME TILL YOU KNOW ME Introducer: Nancy Boyd Franklin
Special Guest: Mykee Fowlin
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Talking Circles: Our Multiple Identities Moderator: CharlesEtta Sutton
3:00 Afternoon Break
Moderator/Introducer: Vanessa Jackson
Presenter: Elijah Nealy
4:00 Discussants: Maria Root, Sam Cruz & Monique Walker
Introducer: David Trimble
Presenters: Rockey Robbins & Salome Raheim
5:30 Musical Epilogue

9:00 Musical Prelude to the Day
Moderator/Introducer: Matthew Mock Presenter: Kenneth V. Hardy
10:15 Discussants: Salome Raheim & Tim Baima
10:30 Break
10:45 Talking Circles: Exploring Power and Privilege
Moderator: CharlesEtta Sutton
12:15 Lunch
1:30 LIVING THE LEGACY & CARRYING THE TORCH Moderator: Yajaira Curiel
Legacy Panelists:
Ken Hardy, Jodie Kliman, Matthew Mock, Marlene Watson, Doug Shoeninger, Monica McGoldrick, Nydia Garcia Preto
Torch Panelists:
Kiran Arora, Deidre Ashton, Christiana Ibilola Awosan, Ana Hernandez, Deborah Levans, Davis Rodriguez Melendez
3:30 Break
Presenter: Rockey Robbins,
4:30 Closing Ritual: Salome Raheim, Glenn Wolf, CharlesEtta Sutton and the Culture Conference Musicians
4:40 End of Conference

Breakfast Friday, Saturday and Friday evening dinner event included.