Deconditioning White Privilege in Your Mental Health Practice

  • 6/16/2023
  • 3:30-5 PM EST
  • Zoom
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Acknowledging white privilege is a challenging part of therapy to navigate, especially for white clinicians working to decolonize their therapeutic practice. Unfortunately, many white clinicians, and white people generally, are taught to actively resist and/or completely avoid awareness of race- leaving white supremacist behaviors unchecked.

This 90-minute seminar is designed to help white-identified mental health professionals monitor their cultural countertransference, and use self-compassion to identify and decondition privilege.

June 16th, 2023
3:30-5 PM EST

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30 Min: Introduction of cultural countertransference, decolonization of practice, etc.

15 Min: Explore practical techniques to address this in practice - self compassion, deconditioning, soothing harsh self-criticism

15 Min: Q&A

30 Min: Final discussion of difference between awareness and avoidance

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the role of white supremacist systems influencing our training in mental health interventions.
  2. Learn about the concept of "countertransference" and what it means for white professionals treating non-white clients.
  3. Learn how to use self-compassion to mindfully identify white privilege in one's practice of mental health service, and actively soothe harsh self-criticism.
  4. Identify the difference between self-compassion to authentically work through supremacist countertransference, versus making excuses for white supremacist behavior.

This training is approved for 1.5 CE Hours.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

About your trainer...
Broderick Sawyer, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Activist & Consultant

Originally a college basketball player from a small Connecticut city on the edge of NYC, Broderick Sawyer is now a clinical psychologist, teacher, activist and consultant living in Louisville, KY. In his graduate training, he studied mindfulness meditation, compassion, and behavioral techniques for healing racial trauma and other forms of generational harm.

Seeing the transformational power of attention and compassion skills within himself and former patients, Broderick shifted to teaching outside of the therapy room. His goal was to remove the barriers to learning accurate mental health information, especially for change-makers (i.e., non-profit employees, activists, therapists, etc.), and those who don't have access to 1 on 1 psychotherapy.

Dr. Sawyer now personally collaborates with non profit businesses, therapy clinics, universities, grassroots organizers, and other organizations, to provide custom-fitted training events, psychology curriculum for in-depth skill-building, and ongoing consultation and mentoring.

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