WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester Jewish Community Services is presenting the 23rd annual Edythe Kurz Conference on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.
The topic of this year’s conference is “Mental Health in the African-American Community” and features keynote speaker Terrie Williams, licensed psychotherapist, mental health advocate and author of “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting.”
Registration and continental breakfast will take place from 9:15-9:30 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Mark S. Herceg, commissioner, Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health; Alan Trager, chief executive officer, WJCS; and John Alterman, director, WJCS Educational Institute.
Keynote address from Williams will take place from 10:30-11 a.m. Williams’ critically acclaimed book and her work are credited with starting an unprecedented national dialogue that recounts her own personal struggle with depression and the impact the stigma of mental illness has, particularly on the African-American community.
She is a member of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force and the co-founder of New Legacy Leaders, a wellness and women’s empowerment movement created to combat depression, obesity and increase awareness of domestic violence and child abuse. She has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.
Book signings and three breakout sessions – overcoming stigma, misdiagnosis/ineffective treatment and role of the church – will also take place during the conference.
Cost for the conference is $60 per person.