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For over 30 years, I have worked with and on behalf of at-risk Youth , often times primarily with African American youth and families as a social worker in a variety of community-based, clinical and educational settings.
I have spent my career helping youth and families navigate difficulties in their lives as a case worker, program manager, program director and a therapist. I also help professionals as a trainer, graduate student educator and a clinical supervisor.
More recently, I balance my time between employment in the non profit mental health sector ensuring quality service delivery to the poor and my personal crusade to shift society perception of youth through a bimonthly column in the Jersey Journal called, "Our Pride & Joy" where I feature a biopic story of a resilient and successful teen and a public access cable show on comcast called, "Focus on Teens", which profiles teens, parents and professionals concerned about teens and exposes the viewing audience to teen issues.
My research interests are at risk youth, resilience, youth empowerment, parent engagement, trauma and community violence. I designed and conducted a innovative qualitative study of a collection of the Work Progress Administration's slave narratives resulted in the identification of 16 culturally-rooted protective factors related to slave survival during and after bondage. These newly discovered protective factors, when considered for application with 21st Century African Americans have the potential to have a positive impact on mediating the effects of trauma, violence and other vestiges of chattel slavery evident in society today. The findings of my research has added to the current literature on resilience in expansive ways that provide a new cultural lenses for the study of and application of resilience.
The goal of my life's work is to be a facilitator of healing, happiness and health at the individual, family, community and societal levels. My well being is inextricably linked to the well being of others. When we lift up those at the bottom all of humanity is lifted in the process.
If you want support, training, and assistance with elevating your program, clients and practice in the area of cultural competence with high risk, multi-problemed client systems, do not hesitate to contact me for a consultation.
I would be happy to tailor a presentation, in-service, workshop for your agency.
P. O. Box 8183
North Bergen, NJ 07047
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Barbara Milton, PhD, LCSW
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