2021 Summit on Culture

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2021 Summit on Culture

The Georgia State University Counseling Center’s 12th annual Summit on Culture takes place March 25 & 26, 2021,  with a special preview event “Storytellers ”on March 9, 2021 featuring. Dr. Carlton Usher.  The summit provides an opportunity for participants to gain skills to enhance their work as practitioners and to join with others for rich and meaningful discussions of current issues and their impact.  Dr. Carlton Usher, educator, historian and author of “A RHYME IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE: Hip Hop and the Creation of a Political Philosophy” will discuss the intersection of contemporary Black culture and politics through hip hop during the keynote address on Thursday, March 25 at 4pm, to be followed with a full day of continuing education workshops on Friday, March 26.


Virtual  Agenda 

March 25 –26, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | Summit on Culture | 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4 p.m. | Keynote: “A RHYME IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE: Hip Hop and the Creation of a Political Philosophy, Carlton Usher, PhD


Dr. Carlton Usher, educator, historian and author of “A RHYME IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE: Hip Hop and the Creation of a Political Philosophy” will discuss the intersection of contemporary Black culture and politics through hip hop during the keynote address on Thursday, March 25 at 4 p.m.-6:00 p.m. | Keynote, Carlton Usher, PhD

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Friday, March 26, 2021 | Summit on Culture | 10 a.m-5:30 p.m.

10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. | “Thriving in the New Normal: How can we Ensure Black Lives Matter in Healthcare”- Marcus Griffith, M.D.  

(CE Workshop- APA and LPCA approved- 1.5 Hours) 

THRIVING in the New Normal: How we can ensure that BLACK LIVES MATTER in Healthcare. A method of “STORY” will be used to convey information:

S: stories– narrative approach to gain better understanding

T: transparency, psychological safety, open/honest discussion

O: objective data on the impact of race, culture and ethnicity

R: reflection and introspection to exam our own biases

Y: what you can do personally, professionally and organizationally

Dr. Jeana Griffith will provide a meditation to help prepare our conscious for dealing with the complex psychological issues and emotions regarding race and social injustice.

The learning objectives will examine:

The impact of the “Twindemic” of Covid-19 and racism occurring concomitantly, accelerating disparities in healthcare and social injustice.

How systemic racism has been embedded within the framework of medicine with lingering effects until the present day.

Understand vaccine hesitancy in minority communities from a historical perspective.

Proactive steps to make change

Dr. Marcus “Chris” Griffith specializes in psychiatry and obesity medicine. He is Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.   Dr Griffith is employed by The Southeastern Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at both Morehouse and Emory University Schools of Medicine.  He also has been appointed in January 2021 to the executive leadership of the Dekalb NAACP to coordinate the Health Committee.

Dr. Griffith has given lectures and provided expert opinion on race and mental health for organizations that include: The Congressional Black Caucus, The Center’s for Disease Control & Prevention, The United Nations, The National Medical Association, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and multiple academic institutions.

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Friday, March 26, Noon -1:30 p.m.  Courageous Conversations

 Join a virtual roundtable interactive and facilitated dialogue with students, staff and community for an opportunity to talk in a real way about current issues affecting our community.   These roundtables have been a highly rated part of the Summit over the years and leave participants hungry for more opportunities for challenging engagement.

Topics to choose from:

Race in the Workplace
Under what conditions has it been hard for you to be an ally in the workplace? What skills do you need to develop or what additional resources do you need in order to use your power or position to support coworkers with less power or status?
In a poll by LeanIn.org including 7,406 respondents conducted in June 2020, most white employees (about 80%) see themselves as allies to people of color; however, less than half of Black women and slightly more than half of Latina women agree. Whether it’s to people of a different race, sexual orientation, ability, etc. than you, what would help you have a realistic idea of the effectiveness of your own allyship? Where do you lack awareness and how can you build your practice of allyship at work?

Allyship: Borders and Bridges
As Audre Lorde stated, “There is no thing as s single-issue struggle because we do not lead single-issue lives.” What steps can we take to hold the complexity of our allyship without succumbing to the lure to simply our intersectional lives? How can we respond to the divisions within and between our communities? How can people of color better show up for Black people? Where are the places in your life where borders exist and how can you begin to build bridges there?

Loving the Problem
What do we do when the people we need to have courageous conversations with are the people who live in our homes, who we celebrate family traditions with, who are the ones we love the most? How can we sustain ourselves and be true to our values within conversations that are slow, long term, and often painful?

Power, Privilege, and Vaccines
Our personal choices impact our communities. Our communities and our histories impact our personal choices. For some vaccine hesitancy is a protective response that may lead to delaying or refusing a vaccine. Others may experience vaccine entitlement due to their privilege. For example, an able-bodied, white, class privileged individual may lie and say they are a caretaker in order to “jump the line” for a COVID vaccine. How did you decide if you would like a vaccine? How are you navigating when and where to obtain a vaccine? What are some ways you could or have worked to increase access to vaccines for people who are most impacted by COVID-19?


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2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.| Addressing Racial Trauma through Somatic and Culturally Relevant Interventions

Presenter: Chinwé U. Williams, PhD 

(CE Workshop- APA, LPCA and NASW-GA approved- 1.5 Hours) 

This 90-minute workshop is designed for therapists to deepen their understanding of racism as trauma, the impact of generational trauma on the mental health of BIPOC clients, and how to incorporate elements of somatic therapy and culturally relevant interventions as a part of healing.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will describe how racism, systemic racism, and generational trauma play both a historical and present day role in the mental health of BIPOC clients.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of Race-Based Trauma and how to incorporate culturally relevant and somatic interventions to assist in healing.

Participants will learn tools to reflect on their own identity, bias, and privilege so as not to do harm to their clients in the therapeutic process.

Dr. Chinwé U. Williams is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Dr. Williams has worked in the area of counseling for over fifteen years and counselor education and training for ten years. She has served as a college and high school counselor, group facilitator, executive coach, and currently works as a therapist and consultant in schools, non-profit, faith-based, and corporate work settings. Her expertise lies in areas of stress/anxiety management, trauma recovery, intersection of faith and mental health, diversity and inclusion and youth and adult wellness. Dr. Williams has previously taught at Georgia State University, Argosy University, University of Central Florida, and Rollins College and is a member of Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) and an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr.  Williams is also a published journal author and a frequently featured expert blog and podcast contributor on topics related to child, adolescent, and adult mental health and wellness. She is also a speaker at local, national, and international conferences and the owner & principal therapist at Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, where she maintains a growing private practice in Roswell, GA serving adolescents, young adults, individuals, and families.

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4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.| Supporting Asian and Asian-American Students During and After COVID19

Panelists: Jenny Qin, PsyD, Samreen Khondker, MS, Jill Lee-Barber, PhD

(CE Workshop- APA, LPCA approved- 1.5 Hours) 

This panel will focus on creating a better understanding of Asian international students and Asian American students as distinct service populations and the importance of disaggregation to AAPI social justice perspectives. An overview of factors impacting mental health will be given in the areas of race/acculturation, family and cultural dynamics, as well as academic and professional stressors, with emphasis on which factors relate most to each population and which factors remain shared. Clinicians will be encouraged to engage in self-reflection of Western mental health training and practices from a position of cultural humility, and explore its appropriateness for application to AAPI populations.


Learning Objectives:

Disaggregate Asian international and Asian American students as distinct service populations with unique stressors and needs.

Learn about factors relating to race and acculturation impacting AAPIs and identify which are shared by Asian international students and Asian American students, and which may be more germane to each distinct population.

Learn about factors relating to family, social, and school dynamics impacting AAPIs and identify which are shared by Asian international students and Asian American students, and which are germane to each population.

Engage in self-reflection, from a position of cultural humility, on how appropriate western mental health training perspectives (e.g. theoretical orientation, assessment, and treatment planning) are in treatment of Asian international and Asian American students


Dr. Jenny Qin received her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She has over 7 years experience working directly with college students in Ohio, Kentucky, and the greater Atlanta area. Dr. Qin received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavior Tech, LLC and works from a third wave behavioral approach focused in mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Dr. Qin has been at GSU Counseling Center since 2015 where she has completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training and where she is currently the Coordinator of Training

Samreen Khondker, MS  is currently a 5th year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN.  She has more than 2 years of experience working in college counseling centers. Samreen enjoys working with college students and utilizes interpersonal process and cognitive approaches. Samreen is one of the pre-doctoral interns at the GSU Counseling Center this year.

Jill Lee-Barber, PhD is the Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness providing leadership for integrated health services which includes the Counseling Center, Student Health Clinics, Student Health Promotion, Victim Assistance, Access and Accommodations Center, Testing Center, Nutrition Services, and Recreational services. Jill is passionate about health equity and making high quality services accessible and relevant to urban university students. During her tenure, Dr. Barber has successfully increased student access to health and counseling services and created a service delivery model that is nationally recognized.   She is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, Division 17, Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Barber is a proud Panther and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Georgia State University before completed her PhD at the University of Houston in Counseling Psychology.

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4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.| Abolition Now! The Role of Mental Health Providers in Alternatives to Policing, Seyi Amosu, PhD, Steve Fogleman, PhD

(CE Workshop- APA, LPCA approved- 1.5 Hours)

Increasingly, conversations about racial bias in policing have included suggestions to reform, defund, or abolish the police in favor of diverting resources into preventative services. Mental health is frequently cited as one of the areas that would benefit from more funding in order to provide access to vulnerable communities that are overpoliced and overinvolved in the criminal justice system. This session challenges us to examine some of the ways that psychology as a field is complicit in policing and in doing so creates a pipeline to the carceral system. Abolition as a personal and political framework invites us into a radical reimagining of not just what is possible—but what is needed for us to create and live in safe communities. This session also challenges us to shift our thinking from crime and punishment to abolition and accountability not just as professionals, but as people.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will gain an understanding of abolition theory as an alternative framework to the system of crime and punishment that function at the individual and societal level.

Attendees will be able to describe how principles of abolition relate to the ethics of our profession and our duty as mental health professionals.

Attendees will be equipped with the skills to conduct a personal values assessment around their own relationships with crime, punishment, accountability, and transformative justice

Dr. Seyi Amosu is a therapist and community organizer. Her personal and professional roles are centered on the goal of liberation. For Dr. Amosu, liberation means all of our needs are abundantly met, especially our need for wellness. Dr. Amosu believes that wellness is something we achieve collectively, and that so much of what causes mental unwellness stems from systemic violence, and the ways oppressive systems permeate our communities, our hearts and our minds.

Dr. Steve Fogleman is a licensed psychologist at Juniper Psychological Services, a private practice in midtown Atlanta, and I earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia. He is a member of American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA divisions for Counseling Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities, and for Trauma Psychology. He is also actively involved in the Georgia Psychological Association, where he is the Chair for the Early Career Psychologists committee, and also serves on the board of the Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society. Dr. Fogleman completed his APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology at the Georgia Tech Counseling Center and my post-doctoral fellowship at the Georgia State University Counseling Center.

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