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Our 2021 Virtual Conference Schedule
*Only Registered Attendees Can Access These Zoom Links On November 19.

OPENING CEREMONY | 9:30 am  (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*)
Darren Mullen, LSW, Emcee 
Foster Care Social Worker, Progressive Life Center

KEYNOTE | 9:45 – 10:30 am  (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
Zebulun Davenport, EhD
Vice President for Student Affairs, West Chester University

PANEL DISCUSSION, NTU Through the Lens of Masculinity | 10:45 – 11:45 am  (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
Join us for this enlightening, thought provoking, and engaging discussion of the relevancy of NTU to personal and societal perceptions of masculinity. Our panelists will share their introductions to NTU, how it has shaped their professional and personal lives and how they think it will impact men and boys forever.

Charles J. Evans, MPA
Chief Operating Officer, Progressive Life Center

Panelists Include 
Terrence Woodbury, MPA, LMSW
Social Worker, Maryland Foster Care, Progressive Life Center

Chester Marshall, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Founder and CEO, Institute for African Man Development

Nigel Jackson, LICSW
Director of School Mental Health, District of Columbia Public Schools

LUNCH BREAK: 11:50 – 12:20 pm  (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
Select from one of several discussion Zoom rooms, and enjoy your lunch “face-to-face” with colleagues and friends. 

FOUR ACTIVATING PRESENTATIONS  (See Zoom Links Next to Presenters’ Names)
Choose to participate in two live sessions, and after the conference, enjoy access to video recordings of all. 
Presentation Moderators
Tracy Garrett, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Progressive Life Center
Evette Clarke, MS, Maryland Regional Director: Progressive Life Center

Session 1: 12:30 – 1:30 pm 

Kristal C. Owens, DMin, PhD   (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
President and CEO, Empowerment Center
System Science and NTU Psychotherapy: Linking Ancient and Modern Approaches to Health and Healing

Vanessa Oliphant, MA   (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Co-Presenter: Jermaine Robertson, PhD
Black Women in Academia: Maintaining Psychological Well-Being Using NTU Informed Strategies

Session 2 : 1:45 – 2:45 pm

Niyana “KoKo” Rasayon, MA, PhD, LPCC   (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
Behavioral Neuroscientist; Associate Professor, University of the District of Columbia
Retooling the Brain During the Pandemic: Applying Dr. Fred Phillips’ Principles of NTU to the Human Octahedron

Kim Graham, MA   (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
Trauma Academy Coordinator, Lecturer II at Delaware State University
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: Looking NTU You

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

CLOSING CEREMONY AND SOCIAL   (Click Here to Enter on 11/19*) 
3:00 – 3:30 pm
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
$50 General Admission
$10 Students
$15 CEU Processing Fee (payable at registration; 4 CEUs with full-day attendance)

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