Dr. Frances L. Brisbane is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare, Sate University of New York at Stony Brook. She is Dean of the Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute, co-sponsored by the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council in Washington D.C. and Morehouse Research Institute, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Brisbane is Founder and developer of the Geriatric Care Ministry Program. She is among the leading presenters wherever the program is offered. She has developed curriculum material that is specifically used in this education and training program.
She has developed a model training program on "Preventing and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue." It is designed for volunteer caregivers and professionals who work with terminally ill and dying patients and others in need of intensive care. Through a grant received from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Brisbane sponsored a conference on aging at the United Nations in 2006. Many people between the ages of 75-90 presented on self-empowerment.
She is co-founder of 'Counseling and Treating People of Colour: An International Perspective," a conference that discusses health, mental health, substance abuse, AIDS, violence, and education across cultural lines. This conference, now in its 23rd year, is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and has been held in eight different countries, Puerto Rico and the states of Hawaii, Arizona, and California.
Dr. Brisbane created the 100% Drug Free Clubs, which is operated in the United States, several African countries and the Caribbean as a model primary prevention program. She developed Project HOPE(ful)- a Spiritual Healing and Recovery Program. It is used nationally in treatment programs, churches and at spiritual retreats.
She has written five books and edited five books. Most of her written work is on substance abuse, anger, leadership, spirituality, and working with African American children of trauma.
The 43rd President of the U.S. awarded Dr. Brisbane the highest Presidential Award for the volunteer service she has provided during her lifetime. In October 2000, Dr. Brisbane received the SUNY University President's Award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action. In 1999, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services honored Dr. Brisbane as one of eight New York State women who had made an extraordinary contribution in the 20th century in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse services.
Dr. Brisbane is Founder and Director of the School of Social Welfare's Center for Culturally Competent Education and Training. The Center has trained and certified over 500 people as being culturally competent professionals.
She received her degrees from New York University, Columbia University, and Union Institute and University.
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