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Social Justice Begins at Home: A Bowenian Perspective

Social Justice Begins at Home: A Bowenian Perspective

Social Justice Begins at Home: A Bowenian Perspective

Friday, November 8, 2019

DoubleTree Altanta-Marietta / 2055 S Park Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30339

3:30pm Registration  / 4:30pm CE Presentation Begins / 6:00pm Food, Fellowship & Networking / 7:30-9pm CE Presentation Concludes

Presented by:

Dr. Michael Cook

Michael Lee Cook is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and clinical supervisor at Micah Counseling Services in Atlanta, Georgia. In practice, he counsels and consults with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations for a range of psychological, emotional, and interpersonal problems and concerns. Specifically, his clinical practice, research, and writing focuses on the implications of cultural, economic, and social issues on family and institutional life. Dr. Cook is a systems thinker who services as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Richmont Gradate University and served on the faculties of Emory University Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary. He also serves as the Vice-President of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT); is a U.S. Army combat veteran and the author of Black Fatherhood, Adoption, and Theology (2015). He holds degrees in business, theology, and counseling.


The concept of social justice has deep and broad implications for therapists, clients, and the counseling process. Much of what we learn and understand about social justice comes from our families of origin and influence our counseling practice(s). In this interactive workshop, we will use Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a guide to discuss social justice and its implications for counseling; explore how family of origin dynamics influence our counseling practice; and discuss practical tools for handling social justice issues in clinical practice. This workshop is guided by the assumption that any influence on social justice must be experienced in our own families and circles of influence before we can ever hope to see it in the world around us and in our work as counselors and people of faith.   

Learning Objectives

As a result of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of social justice and its implications for systemic counseling;
  • Utilize Bowen Theory to consider the implications of family of origin factors to social justice issues in the therapeutic relationship; and
  • Discuss practical tools for handling social justice issues in clinical practice.

Continuing Education:

3 CEs Awarded

Targeted Audience:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Graduate Students, Pastors

Instructional Level:

  • Intermediate


  • Current Legacy or Founding Alumni Association Members,  RGU FT Faculty & Staff: FREE
  • Current Basic Alumni Association Members: $35
  • Richmont Students: $15
  • Richmont Alumni (no Alumni Association membership): $65
  • Guests: $75 (includes dinner)

Registration: Click HERE

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, please contact Martha Busby prior to November 1, 2019, otherwise there will be a late cancellation fee.

For questions, please contact Martha Busby at

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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