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Treating Black men means healing Black women

Black Men Healing Conference focuses on sexual exploitation
By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

There are a great many programs and projects to aid Black women and improve life for Black youth, aimed at empowering socially embattled sistahs to overcome obstacles and salvage youngsters from circumstances that lead to dead-end futures. Regrettably, when it comes to Black men, little is said or done that isn’t limited to keeping them from going back to jail or prison, which makes this year’s Sixth Annual Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference a must-attend event. The conference primarily concerns itself with filling that void for men. Importantly, it’s grounded in the understanding that healing Black men doesn’t happen in a vacuum, that Black women’s well-being inextricably is involved. Heading up the Black Men Healing Conference ( is the founding organizer, renowned behavioral consultant Samuel Simmons. Continue Reading →

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Conference gives counselors tools for ‘Healing the Village’


Founder Simmons says first step in healing the village is addressing male pain


By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


It is said nothing is as irresistible as an idea whose time has come. The Fifth Annual 2013 Community Empowerment through Black Men Healing Conference quite evidently fills that bill. In 2009, the conference introduced the concept of Black clients in clinical environs and those caught up in the courts being helped — instead of merely processed — to change behaviors that keep them personally dysfunctional and socially defeated, by empowering and healing them. By last year’s fourth conference, mental and emotional health, social work and legal professionals were flocking to register. This June, attendance is expected to increase. Continue Reading →

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Conference offers help to heal Black men


Mental health professionals  learn about the need to address  historical trauma


By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


“Trauma Informed Approach: Engaging African American Men” examines the social dilemma of what, perceptibly, is wrong with Black men. In an enlightening, three-hour session, Samuel Simmons, LADC, looked at chronic problems and proposed viable solutions. Cultural competence. It’s one of those psychobabble catch phrases psychologists, social workers and others in the business of behavioral counseling love to throw around to sound up to date on cutting-edge concepts dealing with people of color, right before they launch into a litany of five-dollar words to legitimize fancy notions that would sail right over the heads of the clients whose interests they claim to be invested in serving. Enter Samuel Simmons, who provides expert counseling, education and advocacy at The Family Partnership, presented a down-to-earth, comprehensive talk at the event Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Wellness Conference on June 21. Continue Reading →

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