Kristal Cedell Owens, D.Min., Ph.D.
As she worked as a human services worker in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, she recognized the need for integrated and holistic services for children, youth and families. She identified the need for a culturally appropriate, person/family-centered and spiritually-based approach. Dr. Owens founded Empowerment Center (EC), a 501©3 non-profit organization, to help communities to empower themselves and discover both personal, familial and communal resources to live, learn and grow, EC is today working in Washington, DC, Maryland and Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Dr. Kristal Owens is a recipient of the 2015 U.S. Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the 4th Congressional District and for improving the quality of life for men, women and families.
Dr. Owens, a certified parent trainer and licensed practitioner, holds doctorates in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Psychology. She is holds Master Addiction Counselor certification with the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors –The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC- AAP).
Dr. Owens teaches graduate courses in counseling and psychology for Bowie State University, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) and Goddard College. She integrates naturopathy and personal training approaches in her life and work. With over 19 years of combined prison/incarceration and community corrections and substance abuse experience with youth and adults, Dr. Owens has directed five reentry programs (DC Department of Corrections, DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Prince George’s Department of Social Services, and US Probation Service) and four substance abuse programs (funded by DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and Prince George’s County – Department of Social Services.