I see many examples of how the children have not been made a priority in many African American families. It seems that many African American men are content to produce children and then simply walk away from most, if not all of the financial, emotional and psychological responsibilities that serve as the foundation of parenting. Baby Daddy Disorder is a reality check on what is terribly wrong in the African American community. Families are the core of every issue that plagues our community. Alcoholism, obesity and poor health, economic hardship, education, crime and violence are just a few elements that need improvement within the African American community. Each one of these elements could be tackled more strategically if families were intact or if parents could work together as a team to ensure success for their children. It's been said that "It takes a village to raise a child." Even if grandmother, aunts and uncles create and work in the village, father's need to step up, man up and get up so that they can fulfill their role in the village.
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Dr. Jameca W. Falconer is an accomplished Counseling psychologist, educator, entrepreneur, author and civic leader. Dr. Falconer holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri Columbia and was recently awarded a Fulbright Award in Global Health in 2014. As a psychologist activist for social justice, Falconer has been involved in breakthrough conversations about race and equality and has been a leader in the efforts to bring healing to the city of Ferguson Missouri. Since August of 2014, she has offered crisis counseling, conducted research and provided opportunities for children and adults to express their frustration. In her keynote speech, "Lessons Learned from Ferguson," psychologist, activist and author Jameca W. Falconer provides an analysis and unique perspectives on societal issues related to the shooting of Michael Brown. As an expert in family dynamics, Dr. Falconer is the author of "Baby Daddy Disorder: Solutions for Change." In the wake of the racial conflict that has emerged, it is important to examine factors that can be strengthened within African American families and communities. The disintegration of African American families is a dynamic involved in the racial violence and community violence that involves African American men. In Baby Daddy Disorder, Falconer taps into her years of clinical experience to outline elements that contribute to a lack of parental involvement for African American fathers. Falconer provides insights into far reaching solutions that extend beyond the community of Ferguson. Dr. Falconer was awarded the "Salute to Excellence in Health Care" award by the St. Louis American newspaper (St. Louis, Mo; April 2014) in honor of her dedication to healthcare for African American individuals in the community. Dr. Falconer has delivered keynote addresses, workshops, and delivered papers at more than 100 conferences. She was recently a keynote speaker at the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Falconer is a dynamic speaker with a unique perspective on the topic of race, parenting and community intervention. Dr. Falconer is one of the leading providers of psychotherapy services to older adults in St. Louis. She has been the recipient of teaching awards for her stellar performance in college classrooms and was recently nominated for the prestigious William T. Kemper award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Hearing and Speech and the Missouri Care Planning Council. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology and the American Psychological Association convention. Dr. Falconer is a past president of the Association of Black Psychologists (Saint Louis Chapter), and President of the Tougaloo College Alumni Association (St. Louis chapter). Her leadership in both organizations has helped to re-engage members and stimulate more community outreach efforts. Much of Dr. Falconer's community involvement has focused on increasing the awareness of mental health conditions and decreasing the stigma associated with mental health in communities of color. Dr. Falconer engages with audiences through teaching and speaking at colleges and corporate campuses, blogging, social media, contributing to magazines, newspapers and academic journals, and appearing on news and radio programs. Her vision is to educate, empower, and inspire a generation of thinkers that have the courage to advocate for fairness in their own communities.
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