Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Annual Joan Greenstone Lecture

The School of Social Work Presents

The 21st Annual Joan Greenstone Lecture

April 27, 2017

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus

Lewis Towers, Regents Hall


Honoring the Life and Work of Dr. Carolyn Saari

8:45am-9:30am: Continental Breakfast and Welcome

9:30am-11:30am: Lecture: The Intrapsychic Psychological Binds of Poverty and Race: The Intersection of Mind and Milieu

Janice Berry Edwards, MSW, PhD, ACSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, BCD

2.5 CEU’s

11:45am-12:30pm: Lunch

1:00-2:30: Remarks and Reception

Attendees are free to come for either the morning or afternoon session, or both. Please note that 2.5 CEU's will be offered only for the morning session

 FEE: $25.00 (only if seeking CEUs for the morning session)


Keynote Speaker

Janice Berry Edwards, MSW, PhD, ACSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, BCD

            Dr. Edwards’ range of experiences extends from providing clinical services to inpatient psychiatrically hospitalized children, adolescents and adults to outpatient psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. Dr. Edwards received her MSW degree from Howard University School of Social Work and her PhD from the National Catholic School of Social Work, Catholic University.  Dr. Edwards currently serves as Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University. Prior to entering Academia, she was the Clinical Director of the Emergency Psychiatric Response Team at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a period of ten years.  In her position she was responsible for the assessment, intervention and treatment of crisis cases where she provided trauma treatment in a wide range of clinical scenarios.  Previous governmental involvement was as a policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Director for Policy Evaluation.   She currently serves on the Board of the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C., and has served on the Board of the Montgomery County Mental Health Association.  She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, the Clinical Social Work Association, and the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. 


The Intrapsychic Psychological Binds of Poverty and Race: The Intersection of Mind and Milieu

  The experiences of race and living in poverty are riddled with innumerable stressors and challenges, and thus are subject to the experience of a range of mental health issues. Those that live the experience of trauma related to race and poverty suffer disproportionately from a host of hardships that contribute to psychological distress that can have a profound effect on mental health and serve as intrapsychic binds. These internalized weights require therapeutic supports to alleviate the internalized oppressive circumstances by those that are immersed in the experience daily. This presentation explores the intersection of these psychological binds and their effect on human behavior.  Further it provides context for clinical interventions that empower and provoke resilience in the individual as they manage the grand challenges of the constraints of their environment and fiscal constraints in a world of plenty.