Author/therapist Marlene Watson to appear at Fairfield University

Image: M WatsonAuthor Marlene F. Watson, Ph.D., one of the country's foremost African-American couple and family therapists, will discuss her latest book, "Facing the Black Shadow," at two events at Fairfield University on May 22. She will greet customers and sign copies of her book at 5 p.m. at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. At 6:30 p.m. she'll be the guest speaker at Conversations in Marriage and Family Therapy, a workshop at Alumni House on campus.

Both events are free and open to the public. To reserve a space at either event, contact The Marriage and Family Therapy Department of the University's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions is sponsoring these events.

Dr. Watson is the former chair and associate professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. A licensed couple and family therapist in private practice, she was the first couple and family therapist ever to receive the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship.

"Facing the Black Shadow" is an intimate look at how black families, couples and individuals struggle against a pervasive belief in black inferiority. This groundbreaking book offers a new way to challenge that belief and move from self-blame and self-hate to understanding and empowerment.

Both poignant and controversial, the book tackles some of the most taboo topics in the African-American community, including the idea of skin-tone privilege and the long-term effects of the legacy of slavery. Dr. Watson offers practical advice, step-by-step exercises and inspiration for transformation, connection and healing.

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Posted on May 8, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 280

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