UpcomingStrengthening Black Veteran Families during Reintegration

In this interactive and immersive workshop, participants will explore strength-based strategies for addressing the reintegration experiences of the Black veteran and their family. Participants will examine how to incorporate family systems theory and critical race theory to understand how to best support the Black veteran and their family navigate their experiences of intersectionality, race-based trauma, and PTSD during reintegration. The questions posed will be: How do the family members provide support to one another during reintegration post-deployment? How is the support perceived and received by the family members during reintegration post-deployment? How does race, as it relates to the family’s culture, provide strengths, supports, or barriers during the family reintegration?

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify ways to assist family members in providing support for each other during reintegration
  • To broach the topic of race in understanding it as a source of resiliency for Black veteran families
  • To recognize and address the barriers to receiving support from their family members


Lastenia Francis, PhD, LMFT is the Founder of Meaningful Emotion Therapy, LLC. She was first drawn to Marriage & Family Therapy because she wanted to help strengthen Black families. For the past 8 years, she has been committed to that purpose. Dr. Francis has experience providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy in primarily Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Her focus has and continues to be on treating trauma experienced by marginalized communities as it relates to their ability to build healthy relationships. Her work takes a strong look at the intersectional identities and how that shows up in how the individual shows up for themselves, their partner, and their children.

She received her BA in Psychology & Sociology from Stony Brook University. She received her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Mercy College. She earned her PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northcentral University with a focus on Black military families.

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  • October 21, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lastenia Francis, PhD, LMFT

3 CE Contact Hours



A link will be emailed to you one day before the event.

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Tuition $100.00 (USD)  

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