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“The MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention program of Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health has contracted and collaborated with Aminifu R. Harvey, MSW, DSW since 2011. Dr. Harvey has trained our contractors in Building Resilience in African American Families: African-American boys and girls enrolled in middle school from the target communities of Riverside County. The goals of the program are to provide early intervention services for those most at risk of developing mental health challenges.


His trainings have allowed our staff to more effectively serve the community and have contributed to valuable outcomes that include increased protective factors and decreased onset of mental health conditions. Our collaboration with Dr. Harvey has become an integral part of our service delivery and has allowed us to build program capacity and expand our services to other communities.”


- Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health

Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey spoke at The University of Michigan School of Social on October 24, 2018.  The lecture was sponsored by the School’s New Leaders in African-Centered Social Work Scholar Program (NLACSW).  Dr. Harvey’s spoke on,  “African American Contributions to Social Work.”


Dr. Harvey, an early pioneer in the social work field in the arena of Afro-centric theory, gave a moving talk, drawn from his new book, A Reader of Africentric Theory and Practice: Philosophical and Humanistic Writings of Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey. In his remarks, Dr. Harvey discussed culturally competent intervention programs for youths and families, drawing on his experiences as founder and director of the MAAT Center for Human and Organizational Enhancement, one of the first Afro-centric social work family and youth agencies in the country. He discussed his philosophical approach, cooperative existence, and critiqued the widespread use of Euro-centric practice models for African youth and families.  Through this lecture, University of Michigan students and faculty gained a deeper understanding of the respect, empowerment and effectiveness of social interventions that are rooted in the cultural worldview and philosophy of families being served.   


Lynn Videka-Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean- School of Social Work

University of Michigan AnnArbor

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