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I created this blog site in service to you.  I hope that the posts on these pages provide inspiration, hope, information, and empowerment.  I wish to share my love of humanity.Allow me to briefly introduce myself:

I am ~Daughter, Sister, Mother, Mental Health  and Education Advocate and Consultant, Professor, Mentor, Volunteer, and Subject Matter Expert on child welfare, juvenile justice and social services.  I love the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers! ~

I like to blog and post about: Going Green, Spirituality, Mental Illness, Community Psychology, Prevention and Intervention, Social Justice, Advocacy for the Underserved and Oppressed,  all things Purple, Wellness and Wellbeing, Sports, my love for Children & Families, and my African &  American Heritage and Ancestry.

Welcome To My Page!

~Dr. Bree~

Mental Health in Communities of Color

If mental health issues in the Black/African-American and/or Latino/a communities are of interest of you please check out our upcoming Information Session at SHIELDS for Families in Long Beach or at the East LA Library next week.

AAFS Info Session RSVP

LFS Info Session

According to Mental Health America (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/african-american-mental-health) The Black/African American US population is at roughly 13.2%.  Unfortunately, over 16% of that population had a diagnose mental illness in the past year (MHA, 2017).  What this tells me is not only so we need to continue our conversations about mental health issues with regards to prevention and early intervention, we also need to increase the numbers of “culturally competent” (a term I don’t like using particularly) clinicians.  According to the US Census Bureau “By 2060, the number of Hispanics in the United States is projected to grow to 129 million, or 31 percent of the population. Of all of the nations of the world, only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.”  Again, who has been trained on how to provide culturally responsive therapeutic services?

The African American Family Studies and Latina/o Family Studies specializations are culture-centered closed cohort programs.  Currently, they are only offered on-ground at the Pasadena campus.  Like the traditional MFT program, students must be interviewed and accepted specifically into these two specializations.

  • African-American Family Studies (AAFS): Based on the UJIMA principle—building on the strengths of family-centered culture as basis for collective learning experience.
  • Latina/Latino Family Studies (LFS): Based on the “Comadre-Compadre” model of learning. It is the foundation, the “extended family” in the Latina/o culture that guides the practice of the learning community.

 

Pacific Oaks’ MFT program provides students with a robust blend of theory and hands-on practice. Graduates are prepared to consider issues of social justice within family systems and to explore how those factors directly impact family dynamics and the mental health of each family member.   Pacific Oaks College is rooted in the principles of inclusion and social justice, and the belief that every individual has unique strengths and potential.

The MFT program offer a deeply relational approach to teaching and learning. Just as research has demonstrated that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the single critical factor in producing positive healing outcomes, Pacific Oaks believes that the quality of the academic relationships among students and instructors is the cornerstone of a transformative academic learning experience.

Immersion in our culture-centered learning model not only provides students with a strong sense of individual and societal identity, but prepares them to incorporate multicultural skills and sensitivities into their professional lives.

Perhaps most unique, our students also learn by sharing personal stories, and listening to the experiences that have shaped the lives of their classmates. In our safe, inclusive classroom culture, these conversations provide powerfully instructive tools, integrating theory with real-world examples while fostering a profound understanding and respect for the unique identity of every human being. In the words of the Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire, “No one is born fully formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.” Indeed, our students often say that by learning to understand themselves, they learned to change the world.

 

-Dr. Bree E. (Davis) Cook

 

I’m HIRING a F/T Faculty position in San Jose, CA

Greetings!

If you or anyone you know in the Bay Area are looking for a full-time faculty position, please share this with them.

I am hiring for an Administrative Faculty-Academic Coordinator to serve as a lead in the School of Cultural and Family Psychology (CFP) at our Branch Campus in San Jose. This position will work as an Administrative-Core Faculty helping to build our MA in MFT (with a Trauma Studies Specialization) degree program that started this fall in San Jose. This position will teach a minimum of 3-units per semester in addition to attending (in-person and online) bi-weekly Faculty Senate meetings and Dept. meetings and monthly Academic Affairs meetings. The faculty will report directly to the Associate Dean of the School of Cultural & Family Psychology, with a dotted line to the Campus Dean in San Jose. This position will work closely with the CFP Clinical Training Coordinator to help develop a network of practicum placements site in the San Jose area for students to complete their fieldwork.

Here is a little about our Dept. and MFT programs:

Pacific Oaks’ MFT program provides students with a robust blend of theory and hands-on practice. Graduates are prepared to consider issues of social justice within family systems and to explore how those factors directly impact family dynamics and the mental health of each family member.  Pacific Oaks College is rooted in the principles of inclusion and social justice, and the belief that every individual has unique strengths and potential. The MFT program offers a deeply relational approach to teaching and learning. Just as research has demonstrated that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the single critical factor in producing positive healing outcomes, Pacific Oaks believes that the quality of the academic relationships among students and instructors is the cornerstone of a transformative academic learning experience.  Perhaps most unique, our students also learn by sharing personal stories, and listening to the experiences that have shaped the lives of their classmates. In our safe, inclusive classroom culture, these conversations provide powerfully instructive tools, integrating theory with real-world examples while fostering a profound understanding and respect for the unique identity of every human being. In the words of the Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire, “No one is born fully formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.” Indeed, our students often say that by learning to understand themselves, they learned to change the world.

Currently the MFT program is offered at the Pasadena campus. The “Traditional” MFT program (including the Latina/o Family Studies, African American Family Studies and Trauma specializations) is offered as a block-schedule program that has a developmental approach and is offered in a morning track and evening track, designed to meet the unique needs of the working student.

  • Trauma Studies: The School of Cultural and Family Psychology believes that the Trauma Studies specialization within a social ecological context is in keeping with our social justice mission that underscores urgent societal issues that have long term disabling effects on the family health, child development and wellbeing. The students in this specialization will develop skills to work in mental health settings, veterans’ hospital, gang intervention programs, continuation schools, immigration detention centers and domestic violence and child abuse centers. In the words of Judith L Herman, “trauma is always embedded in a social structure that permits the abuse and exploitation of a subordinate group.” Unique courses include: Culture, Attachment & Trauma, Historical Trauma, Immigration Trauma, and Military Trauma & the Family.

 

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me. If you are interested in applying, please click the link below. The faculty hiring committee is currently reviewing applications!

Job Annoucement (PDF) – administrative-faculty-academic-coordinator-scfp_job-announcement

SCFP Admin Faculty/Academic Coordinator –  Click here to APPLY for this position

-Dr. Bree E. Davis

We need to Embrace Themes of Liberation Psychology More NOW than EVER!

As I am sitting her preparing a new program proposal for a Community Psychology program, I am coming across so much timely literature its giving me chills!  With all that is going on in our communities there is a demand for relvolutionary education and community empowerment.  Liberation Psychology is that.

“Liberation psychology involves the application of psychology in a participatory manner for the purposes of undertaking transformative action and advancing social justice…involves participatory practices that aim to avoid reproducing oppression. Such practices must firstly be critical and reflexive, that is, involve a critical reflection of power and privilege and an awareness of their role in contexts of practice. An analysis of power and oppression is thus central, and many practitioners of liberation psychology adopt a structural analysis, that is, an analysis that focuses on economic and political structures associated with inequality (Society for Community Research and Action (2015). Liberation Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.scra27.org/what-we-do/what-community-psychology/liberation-psychology/#YRFI4jG0sHi767dt.99 ).”

We MUST teach the students in our program to reflect CRITICALLY about power and privilege.  This is the only way we can make the differences we seek in the next generation of mental health professionals.

Please watch this video clip below, if you are interested in learning more about Liberation Psychology.

-Respectfully, Dr. Bree

Attachment

As I was prepping for class tonight, I found this quote in an article…it’s perfect for our discussion and review of Attachment Theory:

“A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that emotional development begins early in life and is closely connected with the emergence of cognitive, language, and social skills. Early emotional development lays the foundation for later academic performance, mental health, and the capacity to form successful relationships. Despite this knowledge, most policies related to early childhood focus exclusively on cognitive development as it relates to school readiness, neglecting the importance of such capacities as the ability to regulate one’s own emotions and behavior and to manage successful interactions with other people. As a result, many of our nation’s policies, such as those that regulate child care provider training, availability of early childhood mental health services, and early identification and treatment of behavioral disorders, overlook emotional development as a focus of evaluation and intervention.” –National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2004). Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains: Working Paper No. 2. Retrieved from www.developingchild.harvard.edu

 

This Friday and Saturday…ALL over the Country “Psychologists and Activists Nationwide to Join Ferguson in Hosting Healing Initiatives This Weekend”

Hi Family!

I wanted to share an important event happening in our community.  “The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) and Community Healing Network, Inc. (CHN) today announced that when they introduce Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles, a grassroots healing initiative, in Missouri this weekend, Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, they will be joined in spirit with activists holding simultaneous events across the country. Psychologists and activists will host EE Circles in New Haven, CT, Tuskegee, AL, Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, and Portland, OR. EE Circle activists in the Caribbean, the UK, and Cuba will also be joining in spirit.”

The Los Angeles EEC will be facilitated by Dr. Chante’ DeLoach, Chair of Emotional Emancipation Initiatives for ABPsi, on Saturday December 6th from 1:30-3:30 pm.

“EE Circles are support groups in which Black people are working together to overcome and overturn the lie of Black inferiority–the root cause of the persistent devaluing of Black lives: people like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and Eric Garner in New York City.”

Please share this information far and wide, as all are invited to participate!

Please see flyer for more information!

Press Release: http://blackprwire.com/press-releases/4423-bprw_psychologists_and_activists_nationwide_to_join_ferguson_in_hosting_healing_initiatives_this_weekend

#BlackLivesMatter #HandsUpDontShoot #ICantBreathe

-Dr. Bree

abpsi BLM EEC flyer revised

“Last Words”

I just saw this video by BuzzFeed Yellow (on YouTube and on Facebook as BuzzFeed Videos) and I was brought to tears! It’s a memorial for 11 individuals recently killed by police, and their final words before they died.  WE have to do better.  The WE is us as a society/community, us as people of color, us as a nation.  We have to be willing to discuss #racism in order to #AdvanceTheConversation.  We can no longer hide behind it.  It is our ugly truth and it is not going anywhere until WE talk about it.  Clearly it is still relevant and not a think of the past.

-Dr. Bree