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Healing Practices in Black Communities: A panel discussion

February 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
246 Bloor St. West, Room 320

Register online: https://black-communities-healing-practices.eventbrite.ca

Dr. Charmaine C. Williams
Hoda Samater
Racquel Hamlet


Charmaine C. Williams, PhD, MSW, RSW, is an Associate Professor in Social Work and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Health and Mental Health. Her research bridges practice and access and equity issues that affect various populations including racial minority women, LGBTQ individuals in local and international context, and individuals and families affected by serious and persistent mental illnesses. The majority of her practice experience has been in the mental health care system where she worked in inpatient and outpatient services, providing interventions for individuals, families and groups.

Hoda Samater, MSW, is an alumna of the FIFSW and the owner of Begin to Heal Counselling and Consulting Services. With 13 years of practice in mental health capacity building and harm reduction, she is trained in short term crisis intervention, long term case management counselling, solution focused counselling and cognitive behavior therapy. She is pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto in the Social Justice Education stream. She is interested in promoting traditional and religious healing strategies from a multifaceted systems perspective.

Racquel Hamlet, MSW, RSW, is Social Worker/Therapist at TAIBU Community Health Centre. She has worked in different settings in supporting racialized and marginalized communities. Racquel has vested interest in post partum depression as well as mental illness in the Black community. For the past two years, Racquel has taught at Durham College in the science behind counselling people from diverse backgrounds with complex issues related to mental health, employment and immigration.


February 28, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm