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Panel Discussion: “Homelessness on the Couch: Why Communities Resist Change”

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Near 38th Ave and Federal Blvd
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Denver, CO  80211
Elizabeth Conover
CSCSW Salon Series
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Beginning with a brief case study of a client experiencing homelessness, and the considerable hatred elicited in providers and community members, this panel will explore how lessons learned from the dynamics of homelessness can be expanded to explore larger issues of resistance to change in communities and systems.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how psychoanalytic ideas can promote community advancement
  • Recognize the underpinnings of why communities resist change
  • Develop improved methods of community engagement

About the Panel:

Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW: Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW, received his MSW from the University of Iowa. He is the Division Director of Adult Intensive Services at Aurora Mental Health Center, the President of the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work, a Board Member with the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, the Colorado Area Representative for the American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, and a Past Fellow with the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2015 he received the Community Service Award from CSCSW.

EJ Becker, MSW: EJ Becker is the Program Manager of Homeless Services with Aurora Mental Health Center. She received her MSW from the University of Denver and has been working in the housing and homeless community for over 10 years. EJ is the Co-Lead of the Governing Board of OneHome, and also serves on its Community Development Team. She was the 2017 recipient of the Manager of the Year Award from the AuMHC Board of Directors.

Kwame Holmes, PhD:
Kwame Holmes is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research has been funded by the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia. His writings have been published in Radical History Review, Occasion, OutHistory.Org and No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He earned his PhD in American History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The 2017-2018 Salon Series is sponsored by Elements Behavioral Health.