DFW ABPsi Community Meeting Dates 2020

Community meetings are open to all and held four times a year at the South Dallas Cultural Center located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210. Time: 1-3 pm.

Continuing Education (CE) Workshops are provided to members, mental health professionals, students, and the general community. View below for workshop details and registration information.

Continuing Education Workshop


“Going Back and Getting It”: A Historical and Comparative Analysis Fifty Years After the 1968 Assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Presenter: Rev. Pamela Lorraine Fox, PhD, LCSW-S, M.Div., CCM, CLC

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Location: South Dallas Cultural Center

3400 Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210

Learning Objectives:

  1. To explore the historical lived experiences of African Americans, a marginalized population in vulnerable communities
  2. To explore the contemporary lived experiences of African Americans, a marginalized population in vulnerable communities
  3. To examine how the significant life events of African Americans are indicative of the multiple impacts of trauma
  4. To examine how the significant events of African Americans are indicative of structural and systemic racism, sexism and community violence

This event has been cancelled due to precautions related to COVID-19. Please check back for additional information.

Virtual Healing Circle Time for Black Mental Health Providers
As Black mental health providers, it can be difficult to be an agent of healing for others when experiencing a myriad of painful thoughts and feelings from recent events reminding us the chronic painful condition (trauma) of racism. You are welcome to a space where you can express your raw thoughts and emotions and process it with others who understand. 

DFW Black Psychologists is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Processing space for Black mental health providers
Time: Jun 4, 2020 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Community Outreach

DFW ABPsi seeks to address psychological, sociological, economic, and political issues that affect the Black community.  In doing so, we  work with local organizations in meeting the mental health wellness needs of Black communities through volunteer efforts and education.

March event rescheduled

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Community Events Calendar

Here is a listing of community events across the DFW Metroplex. Want your event posted here? Contact us!

For the February Fourth Friday concert/event, the DeSoto Arts Commission is pleased to present the Dallas Black Dance Theater on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 pm at the DeSoto High School – Fred Nickels Auditorium, located at 600 Eagle Drive. Before the historic dance company takes the stage, there will also be a special performance by the DeSoto High School A Capella Choir. This outstanding evening of entertainment is underwritten by the DeSoto Arts Commission, City of DeSoto and DeSoto ISD and, as a result, we can offer special pricing. General Admission tickets are just $10 each. All students and seniors 60+ may attend the performance for just $5 per person.

Event Registration Here!

About this Event

Take one last look at Punk Noir and join Dawn Okoro for a discussion about her work. Learn more about Okoro’s creative process and how her interest in fashion and punk culture informs her artistic style.

The talk will be held in the Athello Beck Gallery at the South Dallas Cultural Center on March 21 from 1-2 p.m. Admission is FREE.

About Punk Noir

Featuring portraits of black musicians, filmmakers, photographers and other creatives — Punk Noir revels in the divine feminine and masculine embodiments of its subjects. Artist, Dawn Okoro, uses energetic colors and the complexion of her characters to manipulate the quality of light, offering an alternative to life lived on a stark white canvas in a black body. Across numerous bodies of work, Okoro adopts compositional techniques from fashion photography while partially obscuring faces and bodies to address issues of erasure, and its particular impact on black women. In Punk Noir, Okoro disputes the image of punk that has long been occupied by whiteness in favor of an afrocentric world view. This more nuanced version of blackness (e.g. punk noir) exists far beyond its aesthetic value. It is anti-establishment in nature, and working to reclaim and reveal its influence in music, fashion and art.

The exhibition will run from Jan. 25 until Mar. 21.

About Dawn Okoro

Heavily influenced by fashion as a means of aesthetic expression and resistance — Dawn Okoro’s work examines standards of beauty and the use of commercial imagery to commodify desire. Informed by compositional techniques used in fashion photography, Okoro draws inspiration from popular culture. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Drawing Magazine, and on BET’s The First Wives Club. She has shown at the Texas Biennial, George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, New York University, and the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn. She resides and works in Austin, Texas.

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Ballet & Modern Dance | Beckles Dancing Company

Ballet: Tuesday, 6:00 – 6:55 pm  •  Modern: Friday, 6:00 – 6:55 pm

BDC’s aim is to take dancers to their next level of understanding, ability and expression; cultivating flexibility and articulation of body and mind for their efficient use.

Classes are FREE and open for ages 11 and up. Dance attire required. Register: BecklesDancingCo.org

Ballet:  Ladies – leotard and tights with socks or ballet shoes; Gentlemen: T-shirt and tights or shorts with socks or ballet shoes.

Modern:  Ladies – leotard and black tights or leggings/dance pants; Gentlemen – t-shirt and shorts or athletic pants.

Capoeira | Dallas Malandros

Tuesday & Thursday, 7 – 8:30 pm  •  Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm

More than just a means of self-defense, capoeira is a method of cultural connection. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music.

Classes are open to the public. Cost:  $15 per class or $80 per month. Register:  dallasmalandros.com/classes

Previous Community Involvement & Activities (2019)

DFW ABPsi hosts various social gatherings to promote a supportive community among professionals from a range of backgrounds. Networking opportunities are also available at the end of each DFW ABPsi quarterly business meeting. Continue to check in for upcoming events.

Participants engaged in the viewing of an ABPsi documentary “Toward a Black Psychology”

Discussion topics focused on:

•The origins of Black Psychology

•Future community focused meetings

•Information about DFW ABPsi plans for 2019

Members of DFW ABPsi attended the annual Parent University event with information about how to discuss mental health with their children.

Participants attended a continuing education workshop for an interactive presentation and panel discussion featuring Drs. Carmen Webb and Jessica Moore (psychiatrists) who discussed the topic of medication management for mental illness and more.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Psychologists (DFW ABPsi) participated in the NAMIWalks Event! We walked to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the important work of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. We met our $500 goal which was donated to the Southern Sector of NAMI.
  • Please help the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Psychologists by joining our chapter to walk as a member, walk with our team as a friend and supporter of DFW ABPsi, or support our team by making a donation to a team member listed on our NAMI page. Donations on the page are fast, secure, and easy (and tax deductible).
  • All funds raised directly support the mission of NAMI to provide support, education and advocacy for individuals and families right here in the Dallas area.

Mental Health Speaks in collaboration with the DFW Association of Black Psychologists (DFW ABPsi) and the DFW Black Health Professionals (DFW BHP) presented:

BREAKING THE CYCLE 2! We are no longer being silent about mental health in the Black community.

Panelists included: Danny Ross, LPC; Melody Parker, LPC; Dewonne Bennett, MS, LPC-S, Mona Robbins, PhD, Tori Dixon, LPC, & Kevin Lambert, PsyD

Networking event for current members and community partners.

Move Your Body, Move Your Mind! Community members join us for a FREE event, located at the South Dallas Cultural Center, as we danced the
stress away! Experienced Zumba instructors led the group in movement to rejuvenate the body and mind!

DFW ABPsi participated in the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness 5K Walkathon hosted by the Comfort Foundation.

DFW ABPsi participated in a special invitation with the 4th Annual Mental Health Symposium entitled “ Navigating the Path to Liberation and Healing” at StLuke “Community” United Methodist Church

Content featured:

— Dallas Psychologist Dr. Brenda Wall, Pastor of Christian Education and Counseling at Friendship-West Church, as our Keynote Speaker;

— five (5) concurrent workshops addressing these topics:

  • How Faith Impacts Mental Health
  • Family Secrets: How they Shape and Harm Us
  • The Psychological Family Tree (Genogram)
  • Mental Health: It is Time to Stop Saying Crazy
  • Youth Only Workshop (ages 12-17): Bounce Back – Building Resilience for When Life Gets Tough


DFW ABPsi partnered with Paul Quinn college to develop their first mentorship program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in psychology. Volunteer clinicians from the community currently serve as student mentors.

Networking event for current members and community partners. Refreshments sponsored by the American Addiction Center.