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Understanding Grief and Loss for Men of Color “Erasing Hindrances- Embracing Healing”

I will address the unhealthy cultural, societal and gender-bias messages and stereotypes that have often hindered many males from understanding of the life impact of grief and loss. I will also offer practical and cultural tools for healthy processing of grief and loss life experiences for men of color.

Speaker: Dr. Deniece Reid

Dr.Deniece Reid is a native of Westfield, New Jersey. She attended the Westfield public school system and is a graduate of Westfield High School.

She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Upsala College; Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, Masters of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Drew University graduating with distinctions as a Hilliard Fellow. She has taught at Drew University and Pillar College in New Jersey as an adjunct professor, and served at Pillar College as interim Department Chair of Psychology and Counseling. She is an associate of the Family Therapy Institute of New Jersey and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

She is currently employed as a staff pastor at Cathedral International in Perth Amboy New Jersey and executive director of the Cathedral Community Counseling Center since its inception in 1997. She became a licensed minister in 1985 and was ordained in the Christian Ministry in 1996 at Cathedral International. She also served as assistant pastor of New Hope Church/Training Center at Rutgers University.

Dr. Reid is a licensed clinical social worker. Since 1973, she has been employed by various social services/mental health agencies and educational institutions in New Jersey. She has vast experiences working with individuals, youth, families and communities in the capacities of mental health clinician, substance abuse clinical coordinator and clinician, violence prevention, ministries coordinator, community systems coordinator, educational curriculum and program development, student intern/professional clinician supervisor, professional trainer and consultant and motivational speaker.

She has received post graduate advanced training in the fields of family therapy and addictions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Piscataway, N.J.

She has also conducted numerous trainings, seminars and workshops for community/professional organizations, schools, ministries and churches on various topics and issues such as marriage and family, parenting, addictions, grief, abuse, domestic violence, soul care, cultural competence, lay counseling and leadership development.

She is the recipient of various awards for her church and professional services including Outstanding Young Woman of America and the National Cultural and Economic Diversity Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.

Dr. Reid is a contributing author of a chapter entitled “Addictions, African-Americans and The Christian Journey” in the book Bridges to Recovery released in March 2000.

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