New York University Silver School of Social Work Honors Dr. Pamela Brewer

 Receives Major Award as Pioneer in Mental Health Awareness
By: Dr. Pamela Brewer
Dr. Pamela Brewer - NYU Honoree & Mental Health Pioneer
Dr. Pamela Brewer - NYU Honoree & Mental Health Pioneer
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Dr. Pamela Brewer
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BETHESDA, Md. - Nov. 4, 2016 - PRLog -- Dr. Pamela B. Brewer is the recipient of the New York University Silver School of Social Work Distinguished Alumna Award for her pioneering work in bringing mental health and relationship health awareness to the broader public via "MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer" for the past 21 years.   "It was such an honor to literally return home," said Brewer, a New York native, who was the first African American and the first Social Work student to deliver the student address at the university-wide graduation ceremonies in 1984.

Those familiar understand It's not unusual  for Brewer to find herself utilizing terrestrial radio and the internet to share relationship/mental health information and insights.  Prior to training at New York University and beginning her career as a psychotherapist, Brewer studied TV/Radio Production/Writing early in her multi-faceted career.  A graduate of the Peggy Pinn/WNET-TV Film Workshop in Film Production and Writing ( New York, NY) and the Model Cities Television Training Program at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY,  where she trained in television writing and production along with radio production.  Brewer  worked with several New York City media outlets; among them: WNET-TV (where she and the staff of 'The Great American Dream Machine' received an Emmy); ABC-TV/Entertainment Division – supervised editing of the Sunday/Monday Night movies and Children's Television Workshop where she worked on the "Feeling Good" health show for adults.

Her writing talents were utilized to become the first African American soap opera magazine staff writer in the New York City area – refining skills as a writer/interviewer with Soap Opera Digest – where focus included such daytime staples as "All My Children," Ryan's Hope," "The Doctor's" and "Another World."  Brewer credits her ability to "write short and sweet" due to watching & summarizing  4 daily soaps, interviewing many  Soap Opera stars, writing daily columns regarding assigned programs, and featured talent.

Service to the Maryland community has included Montgomery County Victims Services Advisory Committee: Legislative Subcommittee (Rockville, MD) and Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries Board of Directors (Washington, DC).  Faculty appointments have included University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore, Maryland) and George Mason University Dept. of Social Work Fairfax, Virginia)

Workshop presentations have included: Healthy Relationships, Relationship Red Flags, Personal Red Flags and Silence; at venues such as:  Jewish Board of Children and Family Services Domestic Violence Shelter (New York, NY), and several non-profit organizations in Washington, DC

Dr. Brewer's passion for spreading information and hope – broadening awareness and perspectives about mental wellness and mental illness has included multiple media appearances both in New York City, NY (e.g.: WBLS & WRKS Radio) and Washington, DC (e.g.: NewsChannel 8 and WPFW 89.3 FM Radio)

Pamela originated and hosted MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer – a live weekly relationship health/mental health radio program for  20 years broadcasting from WPFW 89.3/Pacifica Radio Network.  in 2005, MyNDTALK was taken national – available to the entire Pacifica Network.  In 2014, MyNDTALK was established as a non-profit entity, and the program was expanded to a daily podcast – available online and via the brand new MyNDTALK app! (a free download from iTunes)

Listeners have repeatedly said MyNDTALK has given them new ways to think about their lives – new energy to be the best they can be for themselves and others – and to remind them that they are not alone – in their joys/struggles/questions/ and more.

Today, Dr. Brewer focuses on MyNDTALK which provides 5 days a week podcast/broadcast conversations via the MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer, Inc. non-profit media company she created 2 years ago.  Each day has a theme:  Mondays the focus is for/about men; Tuesdays the talk is centered on transitions of all kinds; Wednesdays, the focus is for/about women; Thursdays - 'Thoughtful Thursdays' - experts join Dr. Brewer to provide emotionally/psychologically healthy daily living insights.   Friday On the Other Side- the broad focus is on events/experiences that may not appear to have a mental health impact – but in fact do (topics have included community organizing, green burials, healthy eating and chronic physical illness).

Dr. Brewer maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Bethesda, Maryland – working with adults and individuals on a broad range of matters including communications, relationship health, domestic violence, sexual assault and early trauma.

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