Saybrook University Professor Receives CoachArt’s 2013 “Courage and Hope Award”

Posted on: June 10, 2013

Dr. Theopia Jackson received the first Bay Area award for her work in connecting Oakland youths to organization offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to chronically ill children and their siblings.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2013

Theopia Jackson, a former Dean of Students and senior faculty member in Saybrook University’s School of Clinical Psychology, has been honored by CoachArt: a non‐profit organization offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to chronically ill children and their siblings.

Jackson is the organization’s 2013 “Courage and Hope Award” Recipient. She received it for her work connecting CoachArt to the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, where she is a licensed clinical psychologist. Thanks to those efforts, CoachArt – previously a Los Angeles based organization – is now serving chronically ill youth in Oakland and beyond.

“Because of her community‐minded spirit, she continued to connect organizations, youth, and volunteers to champion our efforts,” a spokesperson for CoachArt said. “Dr. Jackson recognizes the importance of advocating for children and families and her life work through these organizations is a testament to this calling.”

A long‐time member of Saybrook’s executive faculty in Clinical Psychology, Jackson, PhD, is also a member of the Cultural Accountability Committee of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California; General Assembly Chair and Education and Training Co‐Chair for The Association of Black Psychologists; and on the Board of Directors for BayKids. She is involved in several national and local initiatives intended to establish integrative health care that is culturally attuned and linguistically responsive.

“I am honored to be the first Bay Area recipient for this award as I feel it is a testament to the readiness of our community to embrace CoachArt,” Jackson said. “Many Bay Area children with chronic illness and their families are courageously living their lives in the face of medical trauma, as well as other adverse social determinants of complex trauma. CoachArt affords such multi‐stressed families opportunities to engage around their illness in a more appropriate and healthier child‐centered manner. And the mentors who give of themselves receive much in return. I hope the Saybrook community joins me in furthering the efforts of CoachArt as it embodies our mission.”

Shawn Rubin, Chair of Saybrook’s School of Clinical Psychology, said: “Theopia is an incredibly dynamic professor who inspires her students to achieve the fullness of their potential both as individuals and as professionals and is a beloved, iconic figure in the Saybrook community. We honor Theopia and recognize the tremendous impact she makes to the Bay Area Community and are proud to serve alongside her.”

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