Joseph L. White, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of Black psychology, and affectionately referred to as the “Godfather” of Black psychology, will deliver the keynote address titled, “21st Century Psychology and the Challenges Ahead" at the annual commencement ceremony of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Civic Opera House, 20 Wacker Drive. More than 600 students are expected to graduate.
Dr. White's speech will review four emerging trends in 21st century psychology: multicultural psychology, positive psychology, social justice and the emergence of women as a force in psychology. Integrating these four emerging trends can be a foundation for new directions in psychology. The event is closed to the public, but limited passes are available for the press. Please contact Elinor Gilbert. Cell: (213) 304-6422.
Dr. White’s seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, “Toward a Black Psychology,” was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology. For the past 50 years, he has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant, and practicing psychologist. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. White is also one of the newest members of TCSPP’s Board of Trustees.
“TCSPP is training the next generation of psychologists to respond to the mental health needs of multi-cultural communities, including the issues facing our returning war veterans,” said Dr. Pat Breen, president of The Chicago School’s Chicago Campus. “Our unique educational model, known as The Engaged Professional Model, allows students to learn in real-world settings with nonprofit organizations while attending classes. Upon graduation, our students are well prepared and ready to work.”
About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is the nation's leading nonprofit graduate school dedicated exclusively to the applications of psychology and related behavioral sciences. The school is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized TCSPP for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The school's community service initiatives have resulted in five consecutive years of recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, including the additional "With Distinction" honor in 2012. Campuses are located in Chicago; in Los Angeles, Westwood, and Irvine, California; and in Washington, D.C. For more information about The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gradpsychology. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thechicagoschool.