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Beyond the Session

Navigating Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy Part 2

Tuesday, September 1 5:15pm – 8:00pm

This will be a virtual event.

*Please note: you must have attended a Beyond the Session: Navigating Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy Part 1 session in order to attend this event*

Each individual holds multiple identities including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexuality, and ability status. These identities have a profound effect on how a person makes sense of, moves within, and experiences the world, particularly as it relates to power, privilege, and access to resources. We are currently witnessing heightened local, national, and global unrest regarding the grave and tragic ways society has unapologetically failed to respect, demonstrate equality, and even recognize humanity towards certain identities – particularly black identities.

Since therapy is often considered a microcosm of society at large, clinicians have a responsibility to acknowledge, confront, and protest the ways in which we, like society, have also failed to fully see and embrace those in our care, those who we serve. Building on Beyond the Session: Navigating Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy Part 1, this session will explore and offer a framework for addressing dynamics of power and privilege in the therapeutic context with particular focus on ways to address race, white-supremacy, and anti-blackness in clinical work.

This session will offer clinicians the opportunity to:

  • Discuss challenges in navigating power, privilege, and equity in therapeutic contexts
  • Explore a framework for how to think about power, privilege, and equity in the therapeutic dyad
  • Discuss how to apply that framework to reflect on and explore race, white-supremacy, and anti-blackness in clinical work

*Please note: you must have attended a Beyond the Session: Navigating Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy Part 1 session in order to attend this event.


What is Beyond the Session?

Beyond the Session is a conversation series designed to foster dialogue among clinicians on challenging topics that we rarely have space to address. In Relationship HQ’s commitment to challenge the status quo of traditional psychotherapy, Beyond the Session events provide a space for clinicians to learn, examine, explore, and shift the beliefs, values, and practices that underscore our current way of doing psychotherapy, with particular attention to decentering whiteness. Through experiences that provoke self reflection, Beyond the Session events aim to support clinicians in “doing our work,” and encourage each other and our profession to evolve in our consciousness and cultural proficiency.

Does Emotionally Focused Therapy Address the Needs of Black Couples?

Postponed: New Date and Time to be Announced

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our panel discussion to a future date, ideally in person, otherwise remotely. We have felt encouraged by your strong interest in this conversation and want to equally assure you that we recognize how critical this conversation is and are committed to ensuring it occurs soon.

When working with African American and racially diverse couples, is it sufficient to simply attend to the universality of emotion and attachment needs, as prescribed by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?  How necessary is it to address race and racism when working with couples of color?  How can one do it using the EFT framework?

Bukky Kolawole, PsyD and the Relationship HQ Team invite you to a conversation with Marjorie Nightingale, JD, LMFT and Christiana Awosan, PhD, LMFT the authors of Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Culturally Sensitive Approach for African American Heterosexual Couples. Join us for a critical discussion on a culturally sensitive application of EFT with African American and other racially diverse couples.

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