Thursday, June 21st, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA
Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm
Meeting is scheduled to end at 8:30 pm
Meeting is FREE and open to the public.
If you haven’t been before and want to attend, RSVP to email@example.com so there will be enough food.
TOPIC: Peer & Parent – Coping with Mental Illness
Navigating life with a mental illness is difficult. What about times when parent and child are struggling? What about advocating and self-advocacy? How do you help the world understand how you parent without causing your child developing a negative self-image? Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney and her son, Taylor J. Pinckney, discuss the
joys and struggles of dealing with mental illness. The discussion answers the above questions from their perspective and experiences. The mother-son team also tackles stigmas related to mental illness in the African-American community. Dr. Toni and Taylor designed this talk to bring awareness and help attendees discuss mental illness in a
TONISHA M. PINCKNEY, PH.D., MSCJ, MAFF, CFE
Educator | Consultant | Criminal Justice Expert | Speaker | Advocate
Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney, Founder of Revelatus Specialized Accounting and Consulting, LLC and I AM MORE Institute for Excellence and Social Responsibility, Inc., is a native of Newark, NJ and is dedicated to education and advocacy. With a wide range of expertise, supported by over 16 years of experience. Most recently, Dr. Pinckney was the Director of Criminal Justice Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. She is also a part-time Lecturer at Lasell College. Previously, Dr. Pinckney was Director of the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Programs at Newbury College in Brookline. Pinckney was also the Assistant Dean of Adult & Professional Studies, Online Learning, Institutional Partnerships at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. As a practitioner, Dr. Pinckney works with religious institutions and non-profits, small to moderate sized businesses, and attorneys. Dr. Pinckney earned a doctorate of philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology (2014), a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati (2010), and graduate certificates in Security Studies (2011) and Forensic
Criminology (2012), both from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Pinckney earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting (2007) from Kean University in New Jersey. Dr. Pinckney is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and earned the related certification. She is also a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics as earned and granted by the National Association of Certified Value Analysts. She also has a host of other educational and professional development certifications and accomplishments related to sexual offending and recidivism, expert witness testimony, emergency management, and risk assessment.
A survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault and a person dealing with major depressive disorder and anxiety, Dr. Pinckney is passionate about reducing stigma, bringing awareness to the African-American and Latino communities, and advocating for criminal justice system and policy reform. Dr. Pinckney, a divorcee, is the mother of two sons. Taylor, her younger son, was diagnosed with schizophrenia paranoid type at age 8. He recently graduated from high school as co-valedictorian. Her older, DaVante’, is a college student and owner of a photography business – JawBorne Creations, LLC. Dr. Pinckney uses her experiences to help parents of mentally and physically ill children and help social workers and agencies understand how to work with those families. Dr. Pinckney is an outspoken author, advocate, and activist on issues of racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities. She is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, Inc. where she works with local law enforcement at a Crisis Intervention Team Instructor, helps promote and maintain diversity and inclusiveness, and advocates for more funding for mental health treatment, transportation, child mental health services, healthcare, and police training.
She also serves as corporator, trustee, or board member for other organizations. Dr. Pinckney loves volunteering as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to support children in foster care and as a Special Education Parent Advocate (SEPA) helping students with 504 plans and IEPs. Fueled by her own experiences, she authored books discussing domestic violence, sexual assault, parenting, grief, mental illness, and racial and socio-economic disparity – I AM MORE – The Journey (2009,2016), I AM MORE: Surviving Survival (2013, 2017), and Get Over It? I’m Still Going Through it! 15 Tools to Use When Going Through Tough Times (2017). Recognizing the importance of declaration, “I AM MORE,” Dr. Pinckney registered it as a trademark. Dr. Pinckney is available for speaking engagements, workshops, training, conferences, and freelance writing.
Taylor Jordon Pinckney
Taylor J. Pinckney, age 17, graduated from Devereux High School in 2018 as Co-Valedictorian. He holds certificates in Graphic Design earned through the Xerox Corporation. Taylor’s work experience includes graphic design, landscaping, automotive/motorcycle repair, and woodworking. He earns money making chairs, bookcases, and desks
from raw materials. Taylor loves the outdoors and is a trained minibike/motocross rider through National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM). In 2008, Taylor was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia, paranoid type. He has championed through at least 23 hospitalizations and six years (cumulatively) of residential treatment
facilities. Taylor’s faith in God and support from his family has helped him work through auditory, visual, and tactile hallucinations. Through it all, Taylor is an inspiring young man who advocates for reducing the stigma of mental illness, criminal justice system reform concerning mental illness, and mental health funding. In 2013, Taylor
dictated his message, included as a chapter in the book “I AM MORE Surviving Survival,” authored by his mother, Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney.
Despite up-and-downs, changes in medication, and periods of struggle, Taylor maintained his focus on school work and getting the anti-stigma message out to others. As a peer and advocate, Taylor Pinckney speaks at in-person and online events to show the strength of people with mental illness and spread awareness in minority and underserved
communities. You may reach Taylor J. Pinckney at firstname.lastname@example.org