Cultural Competence: The African American Cultural Split


A provocative and revealing examination of African American Culture beneath the surface. We will explore intra-psychic generational experiences starting with slavery and how these are manifested through the “Cultural DNA” of non-monolithic African American clients, neighbors, friends and others. You will increase awareness regarding the misconceptions and challenges associated with understanding and more effectively working with African Americans. Portions of the presentation will include excerpts from Dr. Caroll Dweck’s book; Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and movie clips from “Dangerous Minds”.



September 14, 2018


9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Presenter Name:

Stephen Garlington, MSW, LCSW

About the Presenter:

Mr. Garlington earned his undergraduate degree from the Sojourner-Douglas College in Baltimore, Maryland (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Stephen has over 30 years of successful experience aimed at empowering “at risk” students through education and training programs across the country. His employment history encompasses positions with the federal government, corporate, public and private education systems. Stephen previously held positions to include: Interim National Director for Psychological Services/Air National Guard at Joint Base Andrews, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor (ETA), Job Corps and Youth Services, Education and Training Director for RCA, General Electric corporations under federally funded educational and training contracts. He has also served as a Clinical Therapist for Baltimore City Schools and special high school programs incorporated within mental health institutions at Sheppard Pratt and Taylor Manor hospitals.

Mr. Garlington joined the DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) team on 9/17/2007 as an Equity and Excellence Consultant and also works as an independent consultant. He works collaboratively with the ROE and the county’s academic community to promote academic achievement initiatives to include authoring several IL State Board of Education (ISBE) approved staff development Academies, co-authored a recently published book, Voices, African American Latino Students’ Perceptions Regarding the Academic Achievement Gap and recently had a publication “School Sense”, in the Jan. 27, 2014 issue of JET magazine.