GSAPP Culture Conference - Working with African American Clients and Families: A Full Day with Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D.

 GSAPP's 2018 Culture Conference, "Working With African American Clients and Families," with Distinguished Professor Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D., will take place on October 26, 2018, at the Busch Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms A&B, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This full-day training will provide participants with a greater understanding of how to work effectively with African American clients and families. Participants will learn how to utilize cultural strengths such as the extended family network, kinship care, religion and spirituality, and survival skills in their work. Special attention will be paid to the therapist’s use of self in engaging African American children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Healthy cultural suspicion of many African Americans in response to racism will be explored. The process of raising the issues of race and racism with clients will be discussed. The fears of African American families for their children, especially their sons, will be addressed. Techniques for assessing and treating drug and alcohol abuse in African American clients will be presented. Clinical case examples and videotaped material will be utilized throughout. Click here for the conference agenda. 


Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin is an African American psychologist, family therapist, and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She is the author of seven books including: Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience; Boys Into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons with Dr. A.J. Franklin; co-author of Children, Families, and HIV/AIDS; Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-based, School and Community Interventions with Dr. Brenna Bry; and co-author of Therapy in the Real World: Effective Treatments for Challenging Problems. Her most recent book entitled Adolescents At-Risk: Home-Based Family Therapy and School-Based Intervention with Dr. Brenna Bry will be published in 2018.


An internationally renowned author and lecturer, Dr. Boyd-Franklin has written numerous professional articles and chapters on issues such as the treatment of African American families, extended family issues, spirituality and religion, home-based family therapy, the Multisystems Model, multicultural treatment approaches, cultural competency, ethnicity and family therapy, group therapy for Black women, HIV and AIDS, parent and family support groups, and community empowerment. She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Phillips Graduate Institute, and awards for her outstanding contributions to the field from many professional organizations including: the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), the Association of Black Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Social Workers, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Janet Helms Award from the Teachers College Multicultural Roundtable at Columbia University.


Conference Learning Objectives:

This full-day training is designed to help you:


  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the subtleties of African American culture.
  • Recognize effective strategies for joining and intervening with African American clients and families.
  • Apply the role of spirituality and religion into your work with African American clients and families
  • Involve key extended family members in the treatment process.
  • Describe the importance of “the therapist’s use of self” in the treatment of African American clients and families.
  • List techniques for addressing drug and alcohol abuse in your work with African American clients.

5 CE credits for Psychologists

5 Social and Cultural Competence CEH for Social Workers

We welcome professionals from allied fields and provide certificates of attendance for those who sign in and out and request them. 

This program is approved for social work continuing education hours by the Rutgers School of Social Work in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44G and recognized by: The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners, the New Jersey Department of Education (Approval code 1965) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. The Rutgers University School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (provider #0069).


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Registration fees: 

Professionals: $165


Students: $25

Registration fee is all inclusive with CE credits and lunch


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  2. Boyd-Franklin, N. (2003). Black families in therapy: Understanding the African American experience. New York: Guilford Press.
  3. Boyd-Franklin, N. (2010). Incorporating spirituality and religion into the treatment of African American clients. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, (7), 976-1000.
  4. Boyd-Franklin, N. & Bry, B. (2018). Adolescents at-risk: Home-based family therapy and school-based intervention. New York: Guilford Press.
  5. Smith, S. M., Reynolds, J.E., Fincham, F.D., & Steven, R.H. (2016). Parental experiences of racial discrimination and youth racial socialization in two-parent African American families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(2), 268-276.


Friday, October 26, 2018 (All day)

604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854