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Fayth M. Parks, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: United States

Fayth M. Parks, PhD is an associate professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development at Georgia Southern University. Fayth is a counseling psychologist whose scholarship and research focuses on ways diverse cultures interpret mental health, healing, and illness recovery to prevent misdiagnosing as psychopathology culturally significant beliefs and practices that can facilitate personal strengths, positive emotions, and behavior change. She has published journal articles, essays, and book chapters on this topic as well as given numerous invited lectures, TEDx Talks, and workshops. In 2009, Fayth was appointed the David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality at The John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. You can follow her on Twitter @FaythParks. And visit Fayth’s website for more cultural strength-based strategies for healthy wellbeing at

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Making a Way Out of No Way: Cultural Strengths, Health Disparities, and Postpartum families
The complexity of postpartum depression and other pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, including significant health disparities that have emerged from its disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, necessitates learning innovative ways to think critically about the role healing traditions play in a person's medical belief system. Employment of vernacular knowledge about the cause, prevention, and treatment of physical and mental illness along with conventional medicine is a form of medical pluralism where more than one system is in use. Cultural strengths derived from healing traditions can teach us varied helping and healing strategies. Four elements that form a framework for understanding how diverse cultures construct the healing experience will be highlighted. If we disregard healing traditions, we overlook the expressiveness of human behavior and cognitive styles that promote harmony of mind and body, family and community.