Professor James W. Banks – AKA as “Dr. Love”
Transferring the same energy that won him one meritorious promotion after another, in the United States Marine Corps during the Viet Nam era, Professor James Banks went on to study Psychology at Fordham University and to receive a Masters of Social Work Degree from the State University of New York at, Stony Brook, majoring in Policy Administration and Research and Integrated Direct Therapeutic Intervention. As a result, Mr. Banks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker of the State of New York in private practice with over 20 years of service to the community. He is also a certified Hypnotist assisting clientele with overcoming habits of smoking, weight loss, and phobias.
Professor Banks is currently functioning as The College wide Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs of Suffolk County Community College where he also teaches. As coordinator, his responsibilities include the college wide coordination of diversity initiatives, developing multicultural activities, workshops, trainings, and programs for awareness and sensitivity training. As one of the designated college advocates for underrepresented students, he also counsels on negotiating the college system. As Associate Professor of Health Careers, Professor Banks has taught such classes as, Principles of Interviewing, Introduction to Psychology, Group Dynamics, Sociology and College Seminar.
As Adjunct Professor at Dowling College, Professor Banks has taught, Cultural Anthropology, College Seminar, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Practicum, Introduction to Social Work, Social Work Methods and Social Work Colloquium. Hereto, Professor Banks served as advisor to the Pan African Club.
As a highlight of his college career, News 12 Long Island did a segment during the spring a few years ago on Jim Banks, following him around campus during Activities Day, citing him as a positive individual in the lives of the people of Suffolk County. The program was televised for an entire day. Students, faculty and other staff members were interviewed, all of whom applauded Jim as a positive influence on their educational and work experience, referring to him as “Dr. Love” and identifying his mantra – (Diversity – It’s a Love Thing)..
Jim identifies sewing, crocheting, quilting, basketball, pocket billiards, singing and writing poetry as his hobbies and is recognized as having established Suffolk County Community College’s first and only Men’s Crocheting group. Professor Banks was able to get 50 men to learn how to crochet blankets.
Recently, Professor Banks has traveled the country conducting workshops and seminars for, Verizon, the SUNY Student Assembly, the National Association of Campus Activities, BOCES, Anti Bias Task Forces, Town Officials and School Districts. He is renowned for his experiential teaching technique and integration of “Love” into his relationship, classroom, industrial and social trainings. Book his signature Workshop on Death and Dying called “I Saw No Light at The End of The Tunnel.”
The Reverend James Banks was Ordained in February 2011 and awarded the spiritual Degree of Doctor of Metaphysics conducts Funerals,Weddings, Dedications, Benedictions. Reverend Banks facilitates Spiritual Groups, classes on A Course In Miracles”, and The Harmony of Purpose – The Evolution of We”
James W. Banks
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