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“Some change is just about being brave enough to get out of the box.”

June 21st - Day One

“A call to action, addressing community mental health”  
Mr. Preston Garrison former Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation for Mental Health

Mr. Garrison will explore mental health in the context of local, national, and international communities. He will highlight the community's response to mental health issues, including media, public policy makers and others. 

Morning Workshops


  • “You told Harpo to beat me!”  LaDonna Redmond, community activist/writer/motivational speaker.  

  • “Healing the Loss of Our Most Vulnerable”   Joyce Dickerson West, Project Specialist and William Scott with Parents As Teachers National Center

  • “Fathering with Reflective Parenting”  Harry G. Ford, MS LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Doing work with African American men.

“The Family Story”

Film and discussion with Sam Simmons

Afternoon Workshops


  • “Proven Strategies for Giving Offenders a Second Chance” Lee Buckley, M.A., Community Reentry Coordinator at MN Department of Corrections (MNDOC) 

  • “The Picked Heart”  Andre Koen, MA COO/Chief Facilitator with AM Horizons Training Group 

  • “The Unspoken Language: the Art of Counseling African American Men and the struggles / paradoxes they face in the relationships with their mothers” John G. Taylor, Clinical/Christian Therapist, MA 

"Healing the Village"  

Samuel Simmons, Jr., LADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Organizer

Will explore the trauma link to challenges in the African American community. Also, will discuss what it will take inside and outside the community to start the healing process.

June 22st - Day Two

  • Amanda Borde, LICSW, Behavioral Health Director at African American Family Services (AAFS). She has a expertise in culturally specific mental health services for African American, Biracial, and Multiracial clients.                                                                  

  • Marques Armstrong, Executive Director of Imani Youth and Family Services. He has 16 years of experience working with youth and families in the capacities of mental health case manager, mental health practitioner, youth and family advocate.

  • Harry G. Ford is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Associate Clinical Director at Thad Wilderson & Associates in Saint Paul.  He is also the president and founder of TEZET.      

  • KayeAnn Mason is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Saint Paul. Her mental health practice provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children, adults, couples and families with an emphasis on culturally compassionate care for urban populations.

"Community Mental Health: framing a message of healing"  
Kevin Powell is an activist, writer, entrepreneur and a gifted public speaker.

Kevin Powell is Activist, president and co-founder of BK Nation, new national organization focused on issues like education, health and wellness, civic engagement, and jobs and small businesses. Writer, author or editor of 11 books including "Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays" and "The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life" Kevin Powell is widely considered one of America’s most important voices in these early years of the 21st century.

“The village that hides the truth cannot expect to heal but to pass on the pain.”

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