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Otis Williams, III, Ph.D. is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at Bowie State University. He received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, with a subspecialty in African Studies from Howard University. Dr. Williams is the co-faculty advisor for the African Psychology Student Association (APSA). Dr. Williams has worked in many clinical settings, including correctional facilities, juvenile services, group homes, home-based counseling, and urban schools. His research interests include race-related stress and trauma, traditional African spirituality in counseling, Black male/ female relationships, and Black Males Rites of Passage. He is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Moreover, Dr. Williams is the recipient of several local and national awards, including recently the 2021 “Outstanding Professor Award” by the Black Male Educators and Leaders Alliance and the 2016 Association of Black Psychologists’ “Dr. Bobby E. Wright Award” and “Eastern Region Warrior-Healing Award.”

Toward NTU™ and the Decolonization of Black Relationship

Over the past few decades, the Black community has witnessed a steady decline in marriage and romantic relationships. This presentation will examine white American colonization (i.e., white sex, romanticism, etc.) as a major factor affecting the quality of Black relationship in particular, and ultimately Black communities. To address this crisis, the presenter proposes NTU™ as the unifying force in Black relationships. The presentation will review NTU™ and other traditional African concepts as the basis to forming spiritual, harmonious, and healthy unions.

Presentation Objectives:
1. To examine Black relationships in context of white American colonization.
2. To discuss the effects of white American colonization on Black love, sex, and intimacy.
3. To understand NTU™ psychotherapy principles, goals, and treatment
4. To understand NTU™ as it relates to Black relationships
5. To discuss traditional African values, beliefs, and practices in cultivating healthy unions