FCMI Hope & Healing Conference 2021:
The 2021 conference was held on 5/6/21 as a virtual event due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic
Keynote Speaker: Father Gregory Boyle, S. J., Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA, the largest gang intervention program in the USA. Fr. Boyle has authored two bestselling books: Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle, his parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time- treat gang members as human beings.
In 1988, they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries employing and training former gang members in a range of social enterprises. The organization provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, President Obama confirmed Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.
Mental health professionals, including psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, clergy, substance abuse counselors, school counselors, teachers, and school support staff; individuals with mental health challenges; caregivers, loved ones and friends of individuals with mental health challenges; and others interested in this subject
Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CMBP
Executive Director, Recovery Communities of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Building an inclusive community, one in which everyone has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life as a valued member, free from prejudice, requires a “reframing” of the methods used to relate to each other.
This conference has two main purposes:
1. To celebrate the contributions of people and organizations that have led the way in including people with mental illness who are transitioning from prison, abusive living situations, and other life conditions that often sever their ties from the community.
2. Identify ways to eradicate prejudices and practices that marginalize and isolate people living with mental health conditions in our communities will be shared.
Bulletin Blurb: Father Greg Boyle, best-selling author and founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program, will keynote the 10th Annual Faith Connections on Mental Illness Conference: Hope and Healing: Faithfully Practicing Community Inclusion. Wake AHEC will offer optional professional credits for this day-long live webinar, which will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021.