Why and How Culture Matters

Date:  Saturday, November 8, 2014November 08, 2014
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Opus Hall, Room 201/202; 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Map and driving directions.

Event Contact: 
Aneisha Tucker
No cost, pre-registration is required.

“Why and How Culture Matters”, a presentation by William D. Allen, Ph.D., LMFT, will explore the significance of culture in its many forms, and the influence it has on individual and relational health. Participants will gain a better understanding of how cultural contexts shape perceptions, thinking and behavior of both clients and clinicians. The ability to successfully cross cultural boundaries in therapy enhances clinical success with all clients, not just those from cultural backgrounds different from the clinician. The ultimate goal of the event is to help participants come to appreciate culture as a valuable resource in the healing process.

This will also be a great networking oppprtunity for current and past students and GSPP faculty and to hear about and tour the new space for the Interprofessional Center (IPC)

Who should attend: Alumni and Faculty of and current students in the MA and PsyD Programs in the GSPP.


Online registration is now closed for this event.


About the Featured Speaker

Dr. William D. Allen, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and owner of Healing Bonds, a private practice located in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis (621 West Lake Street, Suite 330, Minneapolis, MN 55408). Dr. Allen consults with government agencies and social service organizations on a range of subjects related to family mental health and well-being. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas and has lectured at several other local colleges. His research interests include the intersection of families and ethnicity, and the important roles males play in family life across the lifespan. Dr. Allen’s publications include exploration of effective therapies for youth of color in the nation’s child welfare system and African-American males, and clinical implications of research on marriage and parenting in culturally diverse families. Dr. Allen has also served on the boards of the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Youth and Families, the Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists, the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Allen is also President-Elect of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the publisher of the premier journal in the family field, the Journal of Marriage and Family.


Bill Allen, featured speaker for "Why and How Culture Matters" on November 8, 2014.



Program Schedule

9:00-9:30 p.m. Registration and socializing
9:30-10:00 a.m. Welcome, introductions, and announcements
10:00-11:30 a.m. Why and How Culture Matters
presentation by William Allen, Ph.D., LMFT
11:30 a.m. Closing remarks
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tour of Inter-professional Center (IPC)/Speed Mentoring


Free CEUs available.

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