Health/Mental Health

What’s Love Got to Do with It: The Imprint of Trauma on The Lives of African American Males

This is a film screening and panel discussion that seeks to illuminate the racial and psychological dimensions of sexual trauma in the lives of Black men. The institute will allow participants to engage in difficult dialogues and provide cultural responses and interventions.

Martin Pierre, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Brandeis University & Ashmont Counseling Associates, LLC
Dorchester, MA

Mariano Humphrey, M.Ed., MSW
Special Education Coordinator‚ Highly Specialized Strand Specialist
Community Academy High School
Dorchester, MA

Bryan Beaman, BA
Dean of Students, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Dorchester, MA

Daniel Callahan, BA
Graduate Student, Emerson College
Boston, MA

Returning from the Sunken Place: African Americans, Mental Health and Healing from Deep Wounds
This workshop will explore African Americans mental health challenges, triggers and how to return from the sunken place.
Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, DSW, LICSW-C
Associate Professor, Morgan State University
Bowie, MD

Social Issues/Civil Liberties

Free Young Blood: Combating the Mass Incarceration of Black Males
“Young Blood” is a feature length documentary that covers a broad spectrum of criminal justice policies and practices that disproportionately impact Black males in America. Come prepared to dialogue and offer solutions to save our black males from the vicious criminal justice system.

Robert Holmes, MSW Student
Morgan State University & Founder, Son of a Dream, LLC
Baltimore, MD

Professional Development

At the Table: Black Women’s Leadership in Nation Building
From the kitchen to community work, building education and economic institutions - Black women’s leadership has formed the backbone of our activist traditions. Participants will engage in a reciprocal dialogue around Black women’s leadership in the fight for social justice.

Denise McLane-Davison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Melissa Littlefield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & MSW Program Director, School of Social Work, Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Dana Burdell Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Lakeisha Mixon, MSW
Social Worker, University of Maryland Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Professional Development

Saving Black Folks in the Post-Truth Era
In the post-truth age "fake news, alternative facts and self-professed witch hunts", the community, as a whole, and the Black community, in particular is bombarded with falsehoods, which often masquerade as fact and truth. This workshop will deal with methods to combat false opinions, while teaching the new study called agnotology.

Joe Benton, LMSW
Professor, Benedict College & South Carolina State University
Columbia, SC

Burnett Gallman, MD
Gastroenterologist, Dorn VA Medical Center and Hospital
Columbia, SC

Baba Derrick Jackson, BA
Pastor, KRST Universal Temple
Columbia, SC

A New Behavioral Health Training Model: Using Evidenced Based Knowledge to Inform Policy
This presentation will address advance efforts of integration in behavioral health while applying a shared view of capabilities and competencies needed for mental health/substance abuse clinicians working in the behavioral healthcare field.

Charles R. Howard, Ph.D., MSW
President & CEO, C. R. Howard & Associates
Glenn Dale, MD

James E. Craigen, Sr., MSW, LICSW
Professor Emeritus, Howard University, School of Social Work
Baltimore, MD