A presentation and workshop focusing on the speaker’s my personal experiences with child molestation and sexual abuse, discussing the long term familial, social, and personal effects, how others can be effective allies to those who are survivors, how survivors can build adequate personal support structures, and how they can overcome and transcend the negativity associated with what they have gone through.
A presentation focusing on the unique challenges of living with mental health, seeking treatment, and dealing with social stigmas and ignorance as a part of the African diasporic community in the United States. The emphasis will be on ways in which public policies, communal social practices, and institutions might be transformed to better facilitate care for mental health needs as well as how sympathetic voices can be brought to bear as allies to the cause of removing stigmatization and silence concerning this critical set of issues.
A presentation focusing on the author’s personal experiences with the foster care system in Minnesota. Exploration of the effects of dislocation from the nuclear family unit on personal identity development will be examined, as well as particular dangers and pitfalls for the female child forced to navigate that system.
A workshop focusing on the unique aspects and challenges of girls and women growing up without fathers or at least, without fathers who function in a positive way in the context of the family structure. Phenomena like substance abuse, sexual misconduct and innuendo, physical abandonment, and other topics will be explored as will their effects on the personal consciousness and identity development of the young female child and her own conception of relationships, motherhood, family, marriage, sexuality, and growth.
A workshop focusing on the self-esteem challenges of girls and young women growing up in today's society. The goal is to revive the emotional wounds placed by society, family, and oneself. Release, the pain, negativity, self-doubt and hatred while learning to love yourself. Replenishing, the spirit and learning to better cope with life along with developing the tools of self-care and knowing ones worth.