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Understanding Power

An Imperative for Human Services

Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW, is professor emeritus at Boston College, having joined the faculty in 1975. Her 1989 textbook, Understanding Race, Ethnicity and Power: The Key to Efficiency in Clinical Practice, substantially changed the language of multiculturalism and human behavior in the practice arena and provided the rubric of culturally compe­tent practice across human services disciplines.

Vanessa Jackson, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, Soul Doula, and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., a healing practice based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Jackson earned a master’s degree from Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She is a nationally recognized speaker on mental health issues, with a focus on culturally conscious therapy and therapy with marginalized populations.

Patricia Romney, PhD, received her doctorate degree from the City University of New York, where she won the Bernard R. Ackerman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Graduate Psychology. She completed her internship in consultation and education at the Yale University School of Medicine and did postgraduate study at the College of Execu­tive Coaching. Her current work is focused on consulting and coaching for excellence and equity in higher education.