Armour Lecture Series


The Time is Now: Social Justice, Clinical Practice, & Advocacy


The 17th Annual Armour Family Therapy Lecture Series is hosted by Mercer University School of Medicine Marriage and Family Therapy Department in association with the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


  • Presenter: Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy
  • Date: Friday, October 16
  • Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm, EST
  • CEUs available: 6 core hours


Course description: 

The concepts of critical consciousness, social justice, and oppression may seem overwhelming. During these trying times, MFTs/CFTs may find themselves wanting to do something, yet not knowing where to start. MFTs/CFTs can tap into the philosophical assumptions that birthed the field of family therapy as a foundation to their social justice work. Just as early pioneers of the field urged other mental health professionals to look at the family to contextualize individual pathology, current MFTs/CFTs doing social justice work urge MFTs/CFTs to look at systemic and systematic oppression in the macrosystem to contextualize individual and relational pathology.

This workshop will guide participants on a journey from oppression and social justice as abstract concepts to practical clinical applications. MFTs/CFTs will be able to identify ways that they can make 1st and 2nd order changes in themselves and in their clinical practice to provide care to clients of varying levels of power and privilege and further the profession of marriage and family therapy.



  • GAMFT Member: $120
  • Guest, non-member: $150
  • Student: $75


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About the presenter:

DeAnna Harris-McKoy is a licensed marriage and family therapist, AAMFT approved supervisor, professor, researcher, and social justice advocate. She has over 10 years of clinical experience with diverse populations and disorders in a variety of clinical settings. She is currently an Associate Professor and Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director at Northern Illinois University. She received two Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Maryland College Park in Family Studies and Psychology, a Masters of Family Therapy from Drexel University, and a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Florida State University. She has presented research at various local, national, and international conferences concerning Black mental health, adolescents, and social justice within the field of marriage and family therapy. Her research has begun to show value to the field and has been cited 155 times. She is extremely active in her professional associations as the co-chair for the 2017 American Family Therapy Academy conference and has served on the national election council of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a former AAMFT Minority Fellow and is currently serving on the advisory board of the program. She has received multiple awards for her community service, social justice work, and leadership.


Video interview with Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy

and GAMFT President, Dr. Andrea Meyer Stinson: