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Breaking the Silence about Mental Health: Dr. Keith Dempsey

Monday, April 17th
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

This session will explore mental health issues as a human condition.  It will explore how the lack of language and dialogue around mental health can harm the individual.  This session will inspire participants to break the cycle of shame and begin to heal.

About Dr. Keith Dempsey

Keith Dempsey | WINFL Conference 2023
Dr. Keith Dempsey earned a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Oregon State University (OSU) in 2009. He is the former Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Counseling at George Fox University. He is the first African American to receive tenure at the Institution. He has conducted national presentations and trainings regarding issues of diversity, racial trauma, and the plight of Black men. Dr. Dempsey is the past President of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES).

Dr. Dempsey has 25+ years of professional experience in the helping field. He served as a multi-systemic therapist at Self Enhancement Inc. He was also a clinical social worker at the Casey Family Programs. He later went on to develop substantial programs at the African American Health Coalition (AAHC) designed to combat physical and mental health disparities. He currently operates a private practice in Portland and conducts individual, couple & family therapy.

Dr. Dempsey’s accomplishments have not gone un-noticed. He received the Oregon Youth Authority Outstanding Service Award; Alpha Kappa Alpha Emerald Award for excellence in education; Portland Community College Social Justice Comrade Award; Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) outstanding leadership award; Martin Luther King Jr. lifetime achievement award; Oregon State University Black Achievement Award.