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In the ‘Doing’, You Get To Know ‘How’: Race, Racism, and Racial Themes in Individual and Group Psychotherapy
May 9th, 2020
Bryn Mawr College
Presented by Fabiola Desmont, LCSW, and Kathleen Isaac, PhD
Available for 3 CE credits
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify three challenges and barriers to discussing race and racism in clinical practice.
2. List the three types of micro-aggressions and describe the impact that micro-aggressions have on people of color.
3. Identify three ways in which racial themes emerge in group settings.
4. Identify three strategies for inviting and maintaining a clinical focus on race in individual and group practice.
5. Model best practices on how group therapists and facilitators can address racial dynamics in groups.
“It’s too complicated.”
“I don’t want to offend anyone”
“I look like my clients, so I can’t be biased”
“I’m not rac-“
Why is racism so hard to talk about? The influence of racism on our collective psyche is tremendous whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Structural racism has social and political implications that affect clinicians and clients alike. While it can be challenging and uncomfortable to discuss, increasing our awareness and pushing past our own resistances to exploring racial dynamics is crucial to our work with increasingly diverse populations. Our ability to examine race-related issues enhances personal and professional self-confidence.
This racial literacy consultation workshop will facilitate dialogue about race and racism among clinicians, and strengthen their capacity to understand and respond to racial dynamics in group settings. Participants will be challenged to connect to their personal experiences and explore how to work through issues of race with clients and groups, and within themselves.
Biography of Presenters:
Fabiola Desmont, LMSW, currently teaches Graduate Level Social Work Students at New York University-NYU and West Chester University in Philadelphia where she specializes in Generalist and Family Practice, Research methods and Clinical practice with Groups. Ms. Desmont is also a member of the Board of the Directors of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy (EGPS).
Kathleen Isaac, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at NYU Medical Center where she provides individual, couples and group therapy for medical students, residents and medical employees. She also has a private practice where she specializes in trauma, health psychology, and cultural issues (i.e. race, spirituality, LGBTQ+ issues, etc.) She is past Secretary and current member at large of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society (EGPS) and recently published an article detailing her experience of creating and facilitating a support group for underrepresented minorities in medicine.
Dr. Isaac and Ms. Desmont are both members of the EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity.