Spirituality & Psychotherapy 16th Annual Conference:
Spirituality & Psychotherapy with African American Clients and Families
Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D.
Friday, March 21- Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:00-9:00pm Friday, March 21 (6:30 PM registration), Location: Light of the World Christian Church
Our churches can be a natural bridge between people in need and the help that can make a difference in their lives. Dr. Boyd-Franklin will give examples of these partnerships and the ways they have worked to connect African American churches with mental health and social service providers. In the current economic crisis, many communities have witnessed an increase in children, adolescents, adults, and families in need of interventions. Sadly, there is still a stigma for many in pursuing counseling therapy. Similarly, many ethnic minority families have a cultural mistrust of social service agencies. An examination of partnerships that work will help to address these barriers and show how working together can bring about better outcomes.
9:00am- 5:00pm Saturday, March 22 (8:30 AM registration), Location: Christian Theological Seminary
Work with African American clients and families that takes into account their cultural context means incorporating spirituality and religion. The differences between spirituality and religion in this cultural context will be addressed and examples of spirituality without the practice of formal religions will be presented. The diversity in the African American community on these issues will also be discussed including the diversity of religious groups. With this larger context in mind, this training will focus primarily on African American Christian churches and will help participants build cultural competency in working with clients and families from these groups. Ways in which spirituality and religion can be utilized as strengths in facilitating cross-cultural joining will be presented. The concepts of “church family” and “church home” will be explored as well as in families’ lives. Multigenerational issues will also be explored, and the role of religion and spirituality in addressing suffering, loss, and grief.
Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She is the author of numerous professional articles and chapters and six books including: Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience; Children, Families and HIV/AIDS; Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-based, School and Community Interventions; and Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons with Dr. A.J. Franklin. Her latest book, Therapy in the Real World: Effective Treatments for Challenging Problems, was published by Guilford Press in June, 2013. Dr. Boyd-Franklin has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Phillips Graduate Institute, and awards for her outstanding contributions to the field from the Association of Black Psychologists, Divisions 45 and 43 of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Social Workers, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Family Therapy Academy.