LifeSkills Cares Inc
ABOUT DR. LATONYA SUMMERS
Dr. LaTonya M. Summers is a visionary, change agent, and champion for mental wellness in Black communities. With over 24 years of experience as a mental health and addictions counseling experience, Summers has worked in outpatient, inpatient, private practice, and higher education institutions. She is currently an assistant professor of clinical mental health at Jacksonville University. There, she conducts research on ethnic minority wellness, natural hair bias in the workplace, enhancing cross-cultural relationships, and multicultural issues in counseling and supervision. She founded the Black Mental Health Symposium in 2015 to fill a professional development gap for practitioners and scholars interested in effecting change in Black communities. The Black Mental Health Symposium is more than a conference, it is community.
For her work, Dr. Summers won the 2019 SACES Courtland Lee Social Justice Award, the 2018 CSI International Supervisor-Practitioner of the Year, the 2017 CSI Outstanding Contribution to Social Justice and Advocacy Award; and she is a 2016 NBCC Minority Fellow. She was featured in the June 2019 issue of O Magazine in an article entitled, “Can You Really Be Yourself at Work? She serves as the President of the Florida Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development. She is the President of LifeSkills Cares, Inc. a nonprofit organization that aims to increase access to mental health care, decrease stigma associated to mental illness, and enhance wellness in ethnic minority communities. Its motto is Be Strong. Get Help.
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