09. December 2017 - 13:00 till 15:00
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African-centered Mental Health Discussion | Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies | Saturday, 09. December 2017

The Chicago Association of Black Psychologists hosts its annual pre-Kwanzaa celebration and community forum!

We will have food, music, fellowship and thoughtful conversation about culture and mental health. The topic of the discussion will be: "What's actually African about African-centered Psychology?"

There will be a brief overview of how Blacks in America have conceptualized "Afrocentric" or "African-centered" and how it has been applied to mental health practice. Then we will engage in a critical discussion about the similarities/difference, and advantages/disadvantages of the Afrocentric psychology movement compared to the lived experiences of 1st and 2nd generation continental Africans who are not descendants of the American institution of chattel slavery. The goal is for us to learn from each other so we all can grow and be more connected.

Peace Udechukwu- certified mental health professional, founder of PR-Unity INC
Dr. Derise Tolliver Atta- healer and professor
Dr. Olasupo Laosebikan- founder of Alafia: Institute for the Study of Life
Dr. Sharon Bethea- Associate professor, counselor, educator, coordinator of African-American studies program NEIU

Moderated by: Dr. Obari Adéye Cartman