Title:    Invincible Man: Asset-Based Conceptualizations of Black Fatherhood

Summary:  Effective Black fathers are not anomalies.  The proposed session will demonstrate spaces of strength with healthy, asset-based models of Black masculinities within the fatherhood archetype.

Bio:  Wall and Rice are a unique mother-and-son psychology team that utilizes asset-based modeling and practices in service and research that hinges on behavioral strengths.  Dr. Brenda Wall is Pastor of Christian Education and Counseling at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.  She is a licensed psychologist who has focused her professional career on the empowerment of marginalized communities across cultural divides. Dr. Wall, also a Fulbright Scholar, has held academic appointments as professor, college vice president and university department chair at both the doctoral and undergraduate levels.  She has maintained a private clinical practice for over three decades and has leveraged her academic training from Vassar College, Boston University and George Washington University toward positive, solution oriented work.  Dr. David Wall Rice is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. At the College he also leads the Identity Orchestration Research Lab and serves as faculty for the Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program. David graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, earned a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, a Doctorate in Personality Psychology from Howard University and did post-Doctoral study with a joint appointment at the College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University.  Together Drs. Wall and Rice position an affirming psychology that is the result of engaged study and practice within the United States, Israel, Turkey, Haiti, Ghana and South Africa.  An emphasis on ‘the positive’ is cornerstone to their work that finds practical root in youth culture, music culture, media, politics, psychology and faith.

David, this is excellent and very Ma’atic.

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