Wrong Place Wrong Time

The session in which we talk to Allison Gibbs, LCSW, about the effects of racism and police brutality on the black community, and other marginalized people and communities. Allison established the Therapy Concierge, LLC to help meet the need for accessible and quality mental health services for individuals unable to meet in a traditional setting. 

TherapyConciergeLLC.com

A Different Kind of Mother

We found this poem and printed it out in the hopes that Jeanae would read it – and she did!

Jeanae Hopgood-Jones has other poems as well as many insightful and touching blogs about being a Black Angel Mom. Visit her site and see if you agree. 

BlackAngelMom.com

Permission to Grieve

The session in which we meet with Jeanae Hopgood-Jones to talk about Black Angel Moms – her online support network for moms who have lost a baby preterm. Through her training in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Human Sexuality Education, Jeanae works to help people become the best versions of themselves. She is an angel mom to twin girls born too soon due to pPROM (Pre-term premature rupture of membranes). Her goal with BAM (Black Angel Moms) is to give voice to the experience of black moms who have suffered perinatal loss.    

BlackAngelMoms.com

In the Middle of Nowhere

The session in which we speak with Rebecca Ergas, Ph.D., who has conducted psychological evaluations of people seeking asylum in the U.S. since 2009. Born in Chile, Dr. Ergas works in both English and Spanish as a clinical psychologist. She has a special place in her heart and her work for immigrants and refugees.

Rebecca.Ergas@gmail.com 

Invisibilized Labor

The session in which we chat with Nicole Kligerman, Director of the Pennsylvania Domestic Worker’s Alliance (PDWA), an advocacy group examining labor standard for domestic workers and crafting a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Nicole works to promote respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protection for domestic workers, including nannies, housecleaners, and caregivers. 

www.padomesticworkers.org

 

Deportation Defense Work

The session in which we speak with Miguel Andrade, Communications Manager at Juntos – a nonprofit organization working for the rights of the Latinx-immigrant community. Miguel was born in Columbia and is one of Philadelphia’s leading young voices for immigrant rights, education equity, and human rights. 

www.vamosjuntos.org 

There’s Something Very Isolating about Murder

The session in which we talk to Alexia Clarke, MPH, Program Coordinator, and Fran Stier, Ph.D., about their work at the Chester Community Coalition helping families heal from gun violence. The mission of the Coalition is to heal the psychological and emotional impact of homicides and reduce trauma-related reactive violence in Chester, PA.  

www.chestercommunitycoalition.org

How Power is Constructed

The session in which we talk to James Wadley, Phd, about unpacking racism and systemic oppression in practice. Dr. Wadley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services department at Lincoln University. He is a scholar-practitioner and maintains a private practice in both PA and NJ as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He is also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor and is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. Dr. Wadley is the founder and principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. 

 www.drjameswadley.com

How to Have a Voice

The session in which we talk to Dr. Holly Sawyer about the impact of workplace microaggressions on Professional Black Women and what they can do about it. We also talked about the importance of not committing microaggressions in the first place and what to do about it when we do (hint: defensiveness is not the answer). 

Dr. Holly Sawyer is the founder of Life First Therapy (lifefirsttherapy.com) where she helps professionals of color navigate through their career and life.