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Dr. Candice P. Cooper, LMFT, Presents At Conference With Dr. Cornel West

 Dr. Candice P. Cooper, LMFT, director of clinical services, presented at the Black Doctoral Network conference last October in Philadelphia, PA. The conference theme was Scholarship, Service and Community. Dr. Cooper is pictured with the legendary Dr. Cornel West, one of America's most provocative public intellectuals.  Drs. Cornel West, Julianne Malveaux and William Julius Wilson were plenary speakers.

This historic gathering of the Black intelligentsia contributed to discussions and strategic planning sessions that addressed ideas in which we can be intellectual doers. In addition to interdisciplinary panel presentations, this conference included interactive roundta­bles.

Dr. Cooper presented on Exploring Black parenting in social contexts promoting well-being of youth.

In addition to this conference, Dr. Cooper also shared her research at the following forums:

Ujima Rochester Inc. Annual Conference (Rochester, NY, Oral Presentation) Healing an Invisible Population: Low-Income African American experiences of witnessed Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Clinical Implications

International Family Therapy Association (Orlando, FL, Oral Presentation) Intimate Partner Violence: Impact on Low-Income African American Youth's Self-Identity and Development

Ronjonette Harrison, LCSW-R, Receives Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers Award


Highly regarded for her proficiency in depression, trauma, children, adult relationships, abuse and passionate commitment to the advancement of women in leadership roles, Ronjonette Harrison, LCSW-R, was honored by the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers with a 2013 Community Service Award.





Renata Toney Earns NFCJ Public Relations Award For Work With HEART

Renata Toney, HEART communication strategist, was recently honored in the Public Relations category at the National Federation for Just Communities Community Leader Awards Luncheon for outstanding leadership in promoting goodwill and understanding in the community.

Renata has donated the gift of time to the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation, Campaign for a Greater Buffalo, YWCA, Leadership Buffalo, United Way Board of Governance, Langston Hughes Institute, Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, William-Emslie YMCA, National Black MBA Association WNY Chapter, UniverSoul Circus and Buffalo Challenger, to name just a few.

She was also honored for her work with HEART where her skills have instrumentally raised awareness of court-involved youth and how the organization is making a dramatic difference.  Renata continues to use her wide-ranging network to increase HEART's visibility, create partnerships, enhance programming and branding. We congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.



New York State should pass legislation to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 so that youth who are charged with a crime are treated in more age appropriate manner.


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