You've helped families reunite. You know how to direct couples in their communication. And through your years of experience and selective trainings you've developed expertise working with a specific population whom other clinicians find challenging.
You know how to be inviting and build therapeutic rapport:
In fact, you never really talked much about it at all. Perhaps it didn't even come up. Maybe you were secretly relieved. Except, now everyone is talking about racism. It's everywhere. How did you miss this? And what do you do now? How do you navigate racism in the session?
Do you bring it up or wait for your client?
It's still awkward.
But now you are more aware than ever just how awkward it is.
You need guidance that is informed, reliable and supportive as you explore this terrain and reclaim your confidence and expertise as a competent and caring professional.
You are ready to make the change to fill in the gaps in your awareness in a space that will allow you to make mistakes without judgment.
You did not spend years in school and many hours in trainings to work through a laminated cheatsheet during your sessions. You will not spend your time memorizing the "right things" to say.
Learn through attunement and shift into being as we cover these aspects:
Common complaints by BIPOC individuals.
What non-BIPOC clinicians miss.
One of the key objectives of the workshop is to touch on the context that inhibits open discussions of racism and then explore common scenarios in which implicit bias undermines the therapeutic relationship.
The workshop will summarize a framework for understanding racism that is introduced in detail in the workshop "From Pain to Purpose." Ms. Greenfeld will also provide an overview of racial trauma and highlight salient features that pertain to the impact of systemic racism.
In the remainder of the workshop, you will learn details about 1) what to look for to identify racial trauma, and 2) specific ways in which you can help clients.
As we do so we will touch on:
~Common complaints made by BIPOC clients regarding their experiences with non-BIPOC clinicians, and
~Explore common issues such as how to deal with being asked if you are racist or dealing with a racist client.
Don't just hear about what you might do. That usually stays in dreamland. Here we nudge you to Reflect, Try it out, Reflect Some More and Interact With Peers and an Experienced Coach.
Meira is uniquely qualified as an expert on racism particularly as it affects mental health and has been involved in activism and advocacy for decades. She is a sought-after speaker and Harvard Law graduate with a passion for helping individuals harness and transform anger, frustration and into productivity, potential and purpose. She is a student of Professor Derrick Bell from whom she learned Constitutional Law and Conflict Race Theory. As a professional ontological coach, her focus is on integrated learning that promotes personal growth, motivation and action that shapes who you are and what you are doing in real ways.
She is an experienced social activist with award winning community work for leadership and public service.
She is also a licensed trauma psychotherapist in private practice specializing in trauma, addiction, identity cohesion and racial/intergenerational trauma.
You can catch up on the latest regarding Ms. Greenfeld's work on her weekly podcast Keeping Company.
By Suzy R-S
Jeanene Wolfe, LCSW
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