ResilienceCon 2019 will be held April 14-16, 2019 in Nashville, TN
ResilienceCon 2019 Invited Speakers:
Disability Identity Development: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, What We Should Explore
Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt
This talk will provide an overview of disability identity development and what this means for scholars, practitioners and community members. In this talk, Dr. Forber-Pratt will highlight what we know about this topic from both research and lived experience, and what we should aspire to learn about disability identity. From a strengths-based perspective, a healthy intact identity is vital not only for one’s physical health, but also for one’s psychological health. In the context of disability, disability identity has the potential to contribute to a stronger sense of self and the ability to face ableism. Some of her qualitative work and subsequent development of a measure of disability identity development will also be presented. In today’s day and age when disability rights are being systematically rolled back, disability identity is also playing a critical role in policy conversations which will also be discussed.
Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human & Organizational Development with a secondary appointment in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, which is one of the top research centers for disability related work in the country. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois in UrbanaChampaign with a Ph.D. in Human Resource Education. Her research agenda adopts a social-ecological framework and looks at issues surrounding identity, equity and empowerment for individuals who are different in some way, with a large focus on disability. Outside of the academy, Dr. Forber-Pratt was also a member of Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. As a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to helping others recognize their potential. Globally, she is involved with disability advocacy efforts related to access to employment, education and sport through public speaking and media appearances. She has been actively involved to help create inclusive sport opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Bermuda, India, Zambia and Ghana. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has also recognized her leadership abilities by awarding her the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. Dr. Forber-Pratt has appeared on several television programs and radio shows including: NPR; The Stream; and Sesame Street; and has been quoted in the national print press, including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World. She was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in 2013 and had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about disability policy issues.
The Dance of Race and Privilege: Unsettling the Patriarchy of Settler Colonialism
Dr. Bonnie Duran
Bonnie Duran, Ph.D. (mixed race Opelousas/Coushatta descendent) is a Professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington, in Seattle and is on the leadership team at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. Dr. Duran will draw from her more than 35 years’ of experience as researcher, activist, and teacher to support public health efforts that are empowering, culture-centered, accessible, sustainable, and that have maximum public health impact. She will discuss the ways that race, privilege, and the colonization of the Americas need to be better acknowledged and better incorporated into our public health models, and the ways that community-based participatory research (CBPR) and indigenous methodologies can advance these goals.
Dr. Duran received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 1997. Bonnie teaches graduate courses in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), and Mindfulness. She has worked in public health research, evaluation and education among Tribes, Native Organizations and other communities of color for over 35 years. Dr. Duran is currently the Principal Investigator of 2 NIH funded research projects in “Indian Country”. Working with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, 22 Tribal Colleges, and UW collaborators, she is conducting 2 studies; (a) a psychiatric epidemiology prevalence and correlates study (N=3,202, and (b) a TCU-cultural adaptation of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS). Dr. Duran is also Co-PI of an NIMH funded R25 HIV and Mental Health research training program, and a Co-Investigator on an NINR CBPR methods and measures study: Engage for Equity. Bonnie’s past work includes partnering with the Navajo Nation, Indian Health Service, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and other Tribes and Indigenous Community Based Organizations on projects aimed at health equity, improving health services, and developing culture-centered health promotion. The overall aims of Dr. Duran’s research are to work in partnership with communities to design health access and prevention efforts that are empowering, culture-centered, accessible, sustainable and that have maximum public health impact. She has many publications including articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and books. Dr. Duran is an Editor of the 2018 Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity, 3rd Edition. Wiley. Bonnie Duran is also a Buddhist mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She teaches long and short mindfulness retreats and advanced programs at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) in California, and is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council.
Using Meaning Making to Engage System-Involved Fathers in Treatment and Healing
Dr. Fernando Mederos
Dr. Mederos will speak on his work engaging low income men and men who have challenges such as a history of trauma and/or intimate personal violence and on engaging system-involved fathers in ways that minimize resistance and build on men’s strengths while also identifying risks and emphasizing responsibility and safety. His work also emphasizes culturally- and evidence-based interventions with Latinos.
Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. is an accomplished public speaker and trainer, focusing on transformational events for small and large groups of professionals on strength-based approaches for working with men and fathers. He concentrates on engaging low income men and men who have challenges such as a history of trauma and/or intimate personal violence. This has been useful in batterer intervention programs and fatherhood programs. In addition, he provides specialized training for child welfare on engaging with fathers in ways that minimize resistance and build on men’s strengths while also identifying risks and emphasizing responsibility and safety. Finally, he also provides training on culturally- and evidence-based interventions with Latinos. All training includes instruction and role plays to teach and practice positive engagement strategies with angry/resistant/defensive men. Fernando has provided training throughout the US and internationally in Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, Jordan, the Middle East, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In the last six months, he has presented in Connecticut, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Texas. Dr. Mederos is a nationally recognized activist in the movement to stop domestic violence, having worked with many Federal, state, and nonprofit organizations, including Common Purpose and having served as the Director of Fatherhood Engagement at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.