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Kristal C. Owens

Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT

In the mid 1980s, I became a student of Dr. Howard Thurman's writings and concepts that, then, influenced my search for personhood and spirituality. The areas of spirituality, meditation, gender and racial concerns, and nutrition have become central to my personal and professional life.

I have studied holistic health, martial arts, Reiki, and other healing arts. I have an interest in African psychology, womanist theories, substance abuse, family and group therapy, ethics, holistic approaches, sports psychology, pastoral care and counseling, therapeutic rites of passage, social psychology and cultural competency.

I work as a Project Director with Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. in Washington, DC. This program is a Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program called Project Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). My program provides counseling and testing, resident and staff training and discharge planning for the D.C. Department of Corrections and Corporation of America/Central Treatment Facility.

I am a consultant with the Progressive Life Center where I teach the NTU Psychotherapy Course: an African-centered approach to service delivery. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the psychology program at the Southern California University for Professional Studies.

Educational Background:

DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Howard University; MDiv in Pastoral Care, Virginia Union University; BA in Religion and Philosophy, Virginia Union University.