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The Power of NTU: An Afrocentric Approach to Health and Healing in These Unprecedented Times

Thursday, November 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Engage with distinguished leaders and educators presenting on relevant topics to enhance a human service professional’s ability to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of clients of color:

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Laurence E. Jackson, PhD
President and CEO, Progressive Life Center, Inc. 
Welcoming Remarks

Iness Phillips
Greetings and Gratitude

Thomas A. Parham, PhD
President, California State University, Dominguez Hills
A Tribute to Dr. Frederick B. Phillips

Jasmine Phillips Meertins, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communications, California State University, Fullerton
Life Lessons From My Dad

Choose to participate in three live sessions throughout the day and after the conference, enjoy access to video recordings of all six. 

Session 1  |  10:15 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. 
Registrants select one of the following two options:

Antar T. Bush, MSW, MPH
Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and Adjunct Professor
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS): Understanding How Healing from the Past Give Can Us All A Brighter Future

Richard M. Cooper, PhD, MSW
Clinical Assistant Professor, Widener University
Keeping It Wazi! From the Birth of PLC for Kijana to the Further Development of NTU as Black Lives Will Always Matter 

Session 2  |  12:50 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Registrants select one of the following two options:

Kristal C. Owens, DMin, PhD
President/CEO, Empowerment Center
The Power of Nutrition: Energy and Healing for the Mental Health of Youth and Young Adults 

W. Henry Gregory, PhD 
NTU Pioneer and Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
NTU’s Application to Clinician Self-Care

Session 3  |  2:25 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Registrants select one of the following two options:

Rosalind Lee, DMPennsylvania Regional Director, Progressive Life Center, Inc.
Evette Clarke, MSPrince George’s County, Maryland Regional Director, Progressive Life Center, Inc.
NTU Principles & Their Implications on Societal Racism: The Power of Interconnectedness

Jeff Menzise, PhD
Associate Professor with the Morgan State University Institute for Urban Research
Practical Psychology: The Importance of African Psychology (NTU) in the Fight for Social Justice

Prior to the conference,  you will receive a link allowing you to select sessions you would like to attend live. All sessions will be recorded and available to view for one month. 

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The day will culminate with a 30-minute social session during which participants will be invited to join breakout rooms to connect more intimately with other attendees.

NTU (pronounced ‘in-to’)
The NTU Approach to Health and Healing is a clinical framework rooted in an Afrocentric understanding of human behavior and interaction. Dr. Phillips pioneered the development of NTU, and its application has benefited clients and human services professionals throughout the world since 1983. Learn more about NTU at

CEU Requests
Continuing education units (CEUs) for social workers, therapists and counselors will be issued upon request with a processing fee payable at registration. The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Certifies that this program meets the criteria for Category II Continuing Education and Category B Continuing Education, respectively.

Certificate of Attendance
Provided upon request after confirmation of attendance. 

Registration Fees
$25 General Admission
$10 Students
$15 CEU Processing Fee (payable at registration; 6 CEUs with full-day attendance)

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