CWC Fundraiser flyerMnABPsi members and friends: If you would be interested  in supporting this worthy organization, you can contact me: Dr. Harvey Linder (612-615-3932) for tickets.  I serve as a Board Advisor.  Psychologists Rekhet Si-Asar and MinKaRa Tezet (formerly Harry Ford) are both active members of the organization, and would have tickets as well.

Resmaa Menakem MSW, LICSW, noted both locally and nationally as a trauma therapist as

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW

well as family and relationship expert, held a party last week to release his new book: “Rock the Boat: How to Use Conflict to Heal and Deepen Your Relationship” (Hazelden Publishing).

Many of you know Resmaa from his work at either African American Family Services or at the Tubman Family Alliance, particularly after his success at revamping Tubman’s intervention model brought them to the attention of one Oprah Winfrey (see his website here) and also Dr. Phil.  But he has also maintained a a private practice, Unbound Resources, where he and like-minded colleagues, have worked to help couples and families heal.

His new book is a culmination of all that work, as well as his own life journey. In it he asserts that conflict is an inevitable component of every relationship.

A proud mother introduces her son, Resmaa Menakem, at book release party.

A proud mother introduces her son, Resmaa Menakem, at book release party.

We cannot avoid it. We can ether learn to address it courageously, or we will invariably fall back on tendencies that are both unhealthy and destructive.  Instead, his book offers tools for helping each individual in the relationship find a path to grow personally.  While it doesn’t guarantee that every relationship will survive, it does offer that those that survive will be deeper and more rewarding.

DSC_0045Dr. Bryana French,  moved up from  the University of Missouri, Columbia last year to join the faculty at St. Thomas’ Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  She had done her doctoral work at the University of Illinois and then interned at U Maryland.  But she is from South Minneapolis. She attended the Clara Barton Open School and graduated from DeLaSalle High School. Now she’s come full circle and is excited about returning home and working in her own community.

Dr. French has been an active leader on the national level in both APA and ABPsi  and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Black Psychology.  She currently teaches MA and PsyD level courses in Diversity issues at UST. Her research and publication interests have centered around issues of sexual coercion and dating violence prevention among others.

Lambers Fisher is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). He is a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor as well as a Board Approved Supervisor for the MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy and the MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy. Additionally, Lambers has a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

via Restorations For Life Counseling.

Therapist Lambers Fisher, LMFT, M.Div., reminded a recent workshop audience that “Multicultural competence is a Journey not a destination”.  It is not possible, he said, to be a fully competent counselor without diversity competence.  By “Diversity” he was referring to not only race and ethnicity, but to gender, ability, language, political viewpoint, and more.  He referenced the diversity wheel developed by John’s Hopkins University to illustrate the broad scope of diversity, and cautioned that counselors have an ethical responsibility to be able to help clients on both ends of any diversity spectrum, regardless of the counselors personal beliefs.

He gave as an example a situation where in one session the counselor may be asked to help family members of the victim of a police shooting, and the next session might be confronted with assisting the officer involved and his or her spouse in coping with the same event.  Counselors, he said, must be able to understand that “supporting the client in their beliefs is not the same as supporting the client’s beliefs”.

Fisher’s workshop “Diversity in Counseling: Increasing your cultural competence” was sponsored by Restorations for Life Counseling, which has offices in Brooklyn Park and Rogers, MN.  Visit their website (above link).

LtoR, Dr. Zach White, Dr. Willie Garrett, Ted Thompson, MPA President Dr. Scott Palmer, Linda Muldoon, Dr. Beryl Wingate

Ted  Thompson MEq, LP was the 2015 Recipient of the award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Black Psychology given each year during Black History month by the Diversity Committee of the Minnesota Psychological Association.  The award was initiated when former MnABPsi President, (more…)

photo 2The long overdue update to the MnABPsi Directory of Mental Health Resources in the Black Community is picking up steam.  President Dr. Willie Garrett and Dr. Harvey Linder met recently with ministers from the the Black ministerial alliance known as “His Works United” to discuss plans to build more effective connections between black mental health providers and the black church.  The project is in early development, and MnABPsi promised to assist by helping the group to define better how to characterize this particular mission, by providing training to the ministry on black mental health issues, and by completing a comprehensive listing of black providers in the region. (more…)

Welcome to a new year in ABPsi!  I am so excited about beginning our journey over the next year together!  I hope that we will

Dr. Willie Garrett

Dr. Willie Garrett

be able to accomplish a great deal for our community!  It is an interesting time for mental health, especially for Africans in America!  Our challenges continue to be enormous, and as usual…the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few!

On behalf of the Minnesota Chapter of Black Psychologists, I wish to invite you to join our group by completing the attached membership application/renewal form and mailing it in with your check for $55 today!  Student membership is a mere $15!

Our meetings are monthly and are held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm, at Hamline Park Plaza (not on Hamline Avenue) which is located on 570 Asbury Street, First Floor Conference Room St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you are interested in coming, please contact me, Willie B. Garrett, Ed.D., Interim President, at 651-343-3182.  Members are asked to please bring a food item to share. (more…)

ID-10092725Our site is still under development.  Check back in a few weeks to see how far we’ve come. Hopefully, we will have an exciting and useful  product that will make you want to come back again and again– and also, to tell your friends and colleagues about.

Come again soon!