The Steve Fund recognizes that these are challenging, unprecedented times for students, parents, and mental health advocates. Now more than ever, mental health providers must invest in culturally-grounded forms of care, both for their communities and themselves. Our next webinar in the Community Conversations series, “Mental Health Providers Supporting Clients of Color: Self-Care, Community Care for You” fosters knowledge exchange and lessons learned by mental health professionals supporting communities of color. Join us for this dynamic 60-minute webinar moderated by Dr. Carlton Green, Director of Diversity Training at the University of Maryland, College Park and Steve Fund national advisor, along with our panelists Hector Adames and Drs. Sherry Davis Molock, Michael Spencer and Arianne Miller. Our panelists will explore aspects of the Radical Healing framework and its use as a tool for care and healing. The framework is designed to achieve a balanced outlook on the past and future, while providing culturally-informed tools that promote health and hope.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Carlton Green has held various roles in higher education settings. More specifically, he has worked in student activities, multicultural services, residence life, academic affairs, athletics, and counseling services in both public andprivate institutions.
Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, and received masters-level training in Mental Health Counseling and Pastoral Ministry, from Boston College. Dr. Green’s dedication to diversity and inclusion facilitated his appointment as the Multicultural Post-doctoral Fellow in Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Houston.
Currently, Dr. Green is the Director of Diversity Training & Education (DTE) in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). DTE is the primary unit on campus tasked with addressing campus-wide diversity training and education. Prior to taking on this role, he served as a Staff Psychologist at the UMD Counseling Center for approximately 5 years. In 2016, he was recognized as a Diversity Scholar by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies. Dr. Green has developed and presented workshops on diversity and inclusion, including how to address racial trauma at many universities and colleges in the DMV (Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia) area and nationally. He is a member of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. There, he is the President of the AGAPE Mental Health Ministry, which provides mental health counseling, outreach, and referrals to church members. Dr. Green is also an active member in the American Psychological Association. His contributions to the field earned him a Rising Star Award at the 2019 National Multicultural Conference & Summit. In 2019, the Maryland Psychological Association recognized Dr. Green with the Grady Dale Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity in Psychology.
Sherry Davis Molock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Molock teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in the field of clinical psychology and conducts research on the prevention of suicide and HIV in African American adolescents and young adults. She was recently awarded a pilot grant from the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC-CFAR) to develop a HIV/AIDS testing and mental health intervention for youth in African American churches. Dr. Molock’s work has appeared in a number of professional journals, has served on a number of local and national boards, and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Community Psychology. She also serves as a grant reviewer for NIMH, NIDA, CDC, and SAMHSA. In addition to her work in psychology, Dr. Molock and her husband, Guy Molock, Jr., are the founding pastors of the Beloved Community Church in Accokeek, Maryland. Their ministry focuses on “family healing” that is designed to bring spiritual, physical and emotional healing to the community
Michael Spencer, Ph.D., MSSW, is the Presidential Term Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington School of Social Work and Director of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Oceanic Affairs at the University of Washington Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI). Prior to his arrival at UW, Mike served as the Fedele F. Fauri Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Educational Programs at the University of Michigan. He is of Native Hawaiian descent. His research examines health and wellness among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders and is focused on interventions that promote health among Native Hawaiians through indigenous practices and values. He has published extensively on the implications of race and discrimination on the physical and mental health of populations of color, including his recent edited book on Microaggression and Social Work Research, Education, and Practice, and forthcoming book, Mental, Physical and Social Dimensions of Health Equity and Wellness among U.S. Indigenous Peoples. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and the co-lead of the Close the Health Gap Grand Challenge for Social Work
Arianne E. Miller, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at San Diego State University. She is core faculty in the Community-Based Block Program, a Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Education Master’s Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology where she teaches clinical courses and provides clinical supervision. Her research addresses ways to improve self-care among students, clinicians and the general public as well as making visible the ways race, gender and sexual orientation are frequently conflated in research and everyday life. Miller’s current projects are focused on developing conceptual and culturally inclusive models of self-care, examining student and faculty perspectives on practicing self-care; and investigating transdisciplinary approaches to improving self-care among patients and the public. Miller also studies the ways gender, race and sexual orientation are often misunderstood and conflated with one another, such as in the phenomenon known as “gaydar.” Her clinical specialties include Multicultural and LGBTQ Psychology and Eating Disorders. Prior to entering academia, she was a Staff Psychologist at Fenway Health, a multidisciplinary community health and research center devoted to serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Communities in the greater New England area.
Dr. Hector Y. Adames received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited program at Wright State University in Ohio and completed his APA pre-doctoral internship at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP). Currently, he is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus and the Co-Director of the IC-RACE Lab (Immigration Critical Race And Cultural Equity Lab). Dr. Adames has published several books including Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latinx Mental Health: History, Theory and within Group Differences published by Routledge Press and Caring for Latinxs with Dementia in a Globalized world published by Springer. His research focuses on how socio-race, skin-color, colorism, and ethnic and racial group membership influence wellness. He has earned several awards including the 2018 Distinguished Emerging Professional Research Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, a Division of the American Psychological Association (APA). To learn more, please visit Dr. Adames’ lab at www.icrace.org. You can also follow him on Twitter @HYAdames
The Steve Fund recognizes that these are challenging, unprecedented times. We are a resource for students, their families, faculty and administration, and our mental health partners. COVID-19 is no exception. Our new webinar series, Community Conversations, features members of the Steve Fund community sharing how they are navigating this “new normal.” We hope that their challenges, experiences and insights will inform and inspire you. You are not alone, and the Steve Fund is here to provide the support you need.