Thriving Thursdays: Mental Health Advocacy
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About the Event
Join this powerful discussion as Dr. Jackman sits down with Rev. Dr. Brandon Crowley, Head Pastor at Myrtle Baptist Church and he brings social justice to the church especially around mental health advocacy and the Queer community.
The program will occur in Zoom and also be live streamed on InnoPsych's Facebook page.
Reverend Dr. Brandon Thomas Crowley (pronounced Crow-lee) is an African American scholar in religion, theology, ecclesiology, and queer theory. Since 2009, he has served as the Senior Pastor of the Historic Myrtle Baptist Church in West Newton, Massachusetts, one of America's oldest congregations founded by freed slaves at the end of Reconstruction and one of the only open and affirming historically Black churches in North America. Reverend Crowley earned a Ph.D. in Church and Society and a Master of Sacred Theology with a certificate in social justice from Boston University. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where he was a presidential scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a certificate in moral cosmopolitanism and multi-religious leadership from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Reverend Crowley’s first book is tentatively titled Queering Congregations: Contextual Approaches for Dismantling Heteronormativity in Black Churches. Reverend Crowley was ordained in the Progressive National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. and in 2010, he was honored by his alma mater as the youngest inductee into the prestigious Morehouse College Board of Preachers. He is presently serving as an instructor in Ministry Studies at Harvard University’s Divinity School and the American Academy of Religion’s Black Religious Scholars Group’s Scholar-in-Residence.
Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained, licensed psychologist with over 23 years in the mental health field. Dr. Jackman is the founder + CEO of InnoPsych, Inc., an organization on a mission to change the face of therapy and to promote wellness & healing for people of color. InnoPsych, Inc., is an award-winning organization focused on increasing access to therapy through its online therapist of color directory and thought-provoking emotional wellness programming. As a change-maker, Dr. Jackman is passionate about the intersection of psychology, mental health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion and has created social impact initiatives that support community members and mental health professionals. She has used her expertise to shape how organizations respond to and support their employees during the COVID-19 and racial violence crises. Dr. Jackman is the recipient of the City of Boston’s Black History Month’s 2021 Innovator of the Year Award. In 2020, Dr. Jackman was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s 2020 PLC Diversity Award, and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Business People of Color by the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jackman LOVES talking about mental health and is a national spokesperson for mental health and emotional wellness. She has also been featured in both print and TV media outlets locally and nationally.