Category Archives: Education

FGM Walkathon Fundraising Award Winner

The Annual Walk to End FGM was held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 by the Global Women PEACE foundation. The fundraising event was a huge success raising over $4,000 dollars toward education and awareness.  The walk was held in Washington, DC from the Sylvan Theater at Georgetown University to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and back.

Maria was the Walkathon First Prize winner for the individual contributing and raising the most funds for the event.  We want to congratulate Maria and thank her for her hard work and diligence!  To the left is a photo of the plaque presented to Maria at the event.

American Psychological Association Convention

The American Psychological Association (APA) held it’s Annual Conference in August in Chicago.  This year’s keynote topics included Deep Poverty, Suicide Prevention and Gun Violence.

Maria was in attendance and appeared as a panel member.

Deep poverty affects more than 18.5 million people in the United States. For many, it’s a condition that persists generation after generation. Psychology can help lift people out of this vicious cycle. The 2019 APA President shared her powerful first-hand experience, about APA is transforming to have more impact on critical issues like this. The audience was inspired by nationally acclaimed advocates for the underserved.

There is no single cause or cure for the growing issue of Suicide, but there is hope. Psychologists from all areas of expertise are working to move the dial on suicide. In a multi-disciplinary keynote session, a survivor shared his experiences linking advocates and providers, and leading researchers who shared the latest information on neurobiological indicators and the technologies to intervene at scale.  Experts discussed research breakthroughs and priorities, and an authority on suicidal behavior explored the healing power of community to build resilience within one of America’s most vulnerable populations: African American men.

Whether it’s living with the threat of a school shooting, or a factor in everyday life, every American has been affected by Gun Violence. The problem can seem intractable, yet this keynote speech indicated that every psychologist has an opportunity to better prepare their communities to reduce and prevent violence. 

Professor Edward Schmitt

Our guest this week is Professor Edward Schmitt, an Associate Professor of History at UW-Parkside, currently working on a book about the unique role of activist and humorist Dick Gregory in the social movements of the 1960s. Dick Gregory (Richard Claxton Gregory) was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.

Jules Martinez Hirst, Business/Social Etiquette Expert

Are you concerned about the lack of civility in America today and the polarization of our country? What does civility really mean?

And how does one incorporate the practice of civility into work and life? Our guest Jules Martinez Hirst is a sought-after business & social etiquette expert, co-author of ‘The Power of Civility’ and founder of Etiquette Consulting, Inc. Jules will be addressing these questions and more!


Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Dr. John Huber

Senator Brown has been invited to speak in Portugal at the Consulate about the ‘American Dream’ so he will not be with us. Our guest this week is Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Dr. John Huber! We’ll be discussing the Golden State Killer, his modus operandi, the volume of his victims, the cold-bloodedness, the fact that he was a police officer, and how this compares or is dissimilar from other serial killers.

Dr. John Huber is a mental health professional and university professor that has been in mental health for over twenty years. His experience began as a School Psychologist. Today, he is in private practice as a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. He is the Chairman of Mainstream Mental Health where the goal is to help people get mental health services. The target market for services are underprivileged and underinsured youth, veterans, and their families.