Blending Worlds: Complexities of Multiculturalism and the Collaborative Divorce Model

Presenter: Theopia Jackson, Ph.D.

Modern families present with a range of diversity, from multi-ethnicity, sexual orientation, blood/legal relatedness, religious diversity, and much more. Such multicultural contexts can inform the divorce process, including how families interact with professionals and the professionals (as cultural beings themselves) with families.  This workshop is intended to engage attendees in the application of the tenets of multiculturalism (self-awareness, increased knowledge, and skill acquisition) within the collaborative divorce model. In addition to didactic material from a strengths-based and interdisciplinary approach, this interactive workshop will employ demonstrations, videos, vignettes, group experientials, and critical discourse toward the identification of co-created best practices, as well as fostering cultural allies and cultural accountability. Ultimately, the purpose of this workshop is to contribute to the critical discourse of how the collaborative divorce model can be responsive to and inclusive of the unique needs of multicultural families and/or diverse populations served.

Registration and continental breakfast from 8am-9am.

Program from 9am to 3:30pm.

Lunch will be served.

Theopia Jackson, Ph.D. is the 2017 – 2019 President-Elect for The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. (ABPsi) and past president for the Bay Area chapter.  She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Howard University, Washington DC and doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She has held several leadership roles in higher education and is currently the Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University in Oakland, California. Dr. Jackson has a long history of providing child, adolescent, and family therapy services, specializing in serving populations coping with chronic illness and complex trauma. She is an accomplished scholar-practitioner and educator who provides cultural competency workshops/seminars/consultation. Dr. Jackson is a life-learner who believes that professional knowledge both shapes and is shaped by community wisdom. Honoring culturally-centered spiritual healing of creativity and resiliency, Dr. Jackson espouses: “What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him [or her] to learn.” ~African proverb


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