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Being Culturally Responsive in Urban Settings: A Conference for Mental Health Providers | January 23-24, 2014

This conference will provide two days of training, resources and networking opportunities for Social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health workers and others working in schools, health centers, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Youth Service (DYS) and other community-based settings that serves children and families in urban communities. REGISTRATION is now open. CEU credits are available.
The conference is offered through a partnership with The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, VISIONS, Inc., the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnership Program and the Episcopal Divinity School. The Josephine & Louise Crane Foundation is sponsoring the conference.


Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

We serve as a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities dealing with murder, trauma, grief and loss. We are committed to restorative justice theories; provide programs, services & trainings that are thorough, relevant with a multi-cultural lens to instill peace in school and community settings, support survivors of homicide victims and the families of perpetrators; train providers, professionals and faith leaders working with youth and families impacted by violence. We believe — Peace is Possible.


Winning Together: Cooperation, Collaboration, Community

Dedicated to fostering, teaching and facilitating: A paradigm shift from win-lose to win-win relationship processes and outcomes at all levels of human interactions. Ending racism, sexism, heterosexism and all other forms of oppression though multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance. Supporting equity and justice.Ending psychological and physical violence by teaching emotional literacy and other alternatives. It includes work by VISIONS’ Senior Consultant, Felipe N. Garcia, MA.


Community Partnerships for Older Adults: Inclusion and Diversity

This link illustrates an application of VISIONS work to the field of aging and community engagement.  It includes work by two of VISIONS’ co-founders, John Capitman and Angela Bryant.  It is an exciting on-going application of a multicultural lens to work with and for elders and disabled adults. VISIONS first community development project was the creation of the Wrights Center (include their link; just looked at the current web site; I like it and it definitely credits VISIONS), an adult day care center for frail and disabled elders in Rocky Mount, N.C. We continue to provide on-going technical assistance to this program, which is now in it’s 21st year.  VISIONS currently has a module for training health care and social service providers in end of life care:  ACCESS: a multicultural approach to end of life care.


Race Talks: Multicultural Learning Communities

This link illustrates an exciting community engagement project, Arts for Action, in which VISIONS consultants (Valerie Batts, Renae Gray, Leslie English) worked with parents, school personnel, local elected officials and young people connected to several local Cambridge, MA. elementary schools to enhance parent engagement and educator/parent advocacy for successful student outcomes.


Cambridge Documentary Film

This web site links to a video documentary, “The Strength to Resist: The Media’s Impact on Women and Girls” that features VISIONS, Executive Director, Valerie Batts and VISIONS board member and Founder of the Legacy Project, Jamila Capitman.  The web site includes an interactive manual with chapters by Valerie and Jamila. Valerie’s chapter applies the VISIONS model to this important topic of media literacy.

“In order to more effectively analyze the implicit messages of contemporary media, Dr. Batts (who is featured in the film) highlights some of the differences between the overt racism of the first half of the 20th century and the “modern racism” of today. This section also includes questions that will help students analyze aspects of institutional racism and oppressive biases in the media, and provides some suggestions for ongoing activism.”

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