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World-Renowned Therapist Joins The Center for Children and Families In Its Work With the Nation's Poorest Families

Dr. Bradford Keeney brings expertise in world practices of healing to

Mississippi Delta region of Northern Louisiana

MONROE, La., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Children and Families in Monroe, Louisiana proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Bradford Keeney as its new Clinical Director. A Clinical Member, Approved Supervisor, and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Advisory Board Member of the National Academy for Certified Family Therapists, Dr. Keeney also serves as Professor at the California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, California; as Senior Research Fellow at the Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and as Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Religion and Health, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. Dr. Keeney moved to Monroe not only for his admiration of the cutting-edge work in family therapy at the Center for Children and Families, but also because of a longtime passion and involvement with projects based in the Mississippi Delta area, Monroe, and New Orleans.

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"The Center for Children and Families and the state of Louisiana are ideal for developing creative work in the field of family therapy," states Dr. Keeney, whose professional career has focused on the practices of healing in many cultures. He believes that The Center for Children and Families will enable a creative explosion in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. "My colleagues at The Center for Children and Families are thrilled to be soon articulating a clinical orientation that will be marked by creative play, improvisation, and spirited vitality. This will be the kind of therapy that the world can easily say, 'Like jazz and jambalaya, it makes sense that this soulful contribution came from Louisiana.'" The Center for Children and Families, which has demonstrated great innovation and creativity in its service to arguably the nation's poorest region since its formal establishment only three years ago, is an organization of three branches. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Northeast Louisiana advocates for children who are the victims of abuse and neglect and who have become wards of the state. The Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Louisiana, established in 2006, facilitates a collaborative effort between all parties involved in child sexual abuse cases in order to reduce the trauma a child must endure when undergoing forensic interviews, medical exams and counseling. Family Foundations is a treatment program that serves at-risk adolescents and their families through two programs: Family Preservation which was established in response to juvenile justice reform and seeks to prevent out-of-home placement of youth, and Family Reintegration, which seeks to reestablish incarcerated youth with their families.

Dr. Keeney, who is the keynote speaker for the 2008 American Counseling Association conference in Honolulu, brings to The Center for Children and Families over 32 years of experience and an internationally celebrated career in the field of family therapy, including the authorship of field classics such as Aesthetics of Change, Mind in Therapy, Improvisational Therapy, and Resource Focused Therapy (with Wendel Ray, Clinical Supervisor at The Center for Children and Families). He has just released a new book, Shaking Medicine, featured in the spring issue of Spirituality and Health. The wealth of Dr. Keeney's interests and experiences make him an immeasurable asset to The Center for Children and Families, which serves 11 culturally, racially and socioeconomically diverse parishes in North Louisiana. The breadth of his experience includes fieldwork on healing traditions throughout the world. These traditions infuse his work in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is accepted as an elder shaman and spiritual teacher throughout the world, including in the Japanese tradition of seiki jutsu, by the Guarani Indians of lower basin Amazonia, the Zulu Sangoma community, the elder Shakers of St. Vincent, diverse folk healers of Brazil, and the Balians of Bali, among others. Regarded as a n/om kxao (spiritual teacher) by the Bushmen of Namibia and Botswana, he founded Thara Tjua (Shaking House), the Bushman Healing Conservancy. His research with the oldest living culture on earth, the Kalahari Bushmen, earned a tribute at the Origins Centre Museum in South Africa.

"It is an honor to have a professional of Dr. Keeney's caliber join our team," states Cindy Murray, CEO for The Center for Children and Families. "We have been privileged to enjoy the employ of highly qualified and dedicated professionals; now with Dr. Keeney's arrival, we know that we will continue to draw the best professionals in the country to our work here in Monroe."

The Center for Children and Families is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion of safe, healthy environments for children and families through advocacy, counseling, education and prevention. Located in Monroe, Louisiana, The Center for Children and Families serves 11 parishes and operates the Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Louisiana, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Northeast Louisiana, and Family Foundations. For more information, please call 866.398.0945. For information about internship opportunities, please contact Dr. Matthew Thornton, Director of Family Foundations, at 866.398.0945.

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