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Sep 27 2023

The Black Scholar Series – Dr. Obari Cartman (Main Lecture)

Decolonizing Mental Health: The Role of Culture in Community-based Wellness Interventions

September 27, 2023

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM America/Chicago




1200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607

photo of Dr. Cartman sitting

Black communities continue to withstand structural assaults that require specific restoration. Elements of the mental health field have been complicit in academic and economic interests to maintain racial hierarchy resulting in the misuse of science in harmful ways. This presentation will share innovative strategies to design and implement wellness practices that center Black cultural healing practices within community settings intended to reach individuals and families who may otherwise be resistant to Western mental health approaches.


Dr. Dennis Sparta

Date posted

Aug 22, 2023

Date updated

Aug 22, 2023


Dr. Obari Cartman | President of the Chicago Association of Black Psychologists

Dr. Cartman is a father, son, brother, uncle, thinker, writer, therapist, photographer, drummer, and grassroots mental health advocate. He is a Chicago native, where his cultural and educational foundations were cultivated by several African-centered institutions. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Hampton University and a Ph.D. in clinical & community psychology from Georgia State University. His recent work includes being a trauma focused clinician, restorative justice coach and program evaluator with H.E.LP., LLC (Healing Empowering and Learning Professions). Dr. Cartman has served as a professor of psychology at Georgia State University and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern University. Dr. Cartman recently created a male rites of passage curriculum called MANifest that is being implemented in juvenile detention centers, schools and other community settings across the country. Dr. Cartman is the former program director for Real Men Charities, Inc. where for three years he facilitated weekly men's wellness and African drumming circles and was the associate editor of the South Side Drive magazine. Dr. Cartman is the current President of the Chicago Association of Black Psychologists and curator of a directory of Black mental health providers. He is also currently a national training coordinator for CARES Mentoring organization. As a consultant Dr. Cartman facilitates trainings for adults and workshops with youth about maintaining good mental health, critical analysis of hip-hop and media, racial and cultural identity, developing authentic manhood, and healthy relationships. Dr. Cartman is currently completing his second book about Black Spirituality which will be released this year.