Instructors: Deran Young, LCSW and Jory Agate, MDiv, LMHC
Location: Cambridge, MA
Credits: 12 CEs
This event is co-hosted with Black Therapists Rock
• define and explore how racism and other forms of structural oppression impact inner psychic systems
• enhance skills to approach clients in ways that improve overall mental health by healing traumatic effects of oppression and avoiding re-victimization through microaggressions
• learn ways to improve intercultural communication skills to increase clinical success
Participants will learn the Intercultural Development Continuum, a model developed by Mitchell Hammer to help assess their abilities to navigate difference. Applying this model will provide tools to grow and develop better clinical skills to use in complex interpersonal terrain. By understanding the stages of intercultural development, participants will:
• reflect on their growing edges in intercultural communication so they can improve their therapeutic capacity and
• identify the best approach to meet clients in ways that enhance abilities to be open and receptive rather than rigid and defensive as they encounter difference
Concepts that will be taught in nuanced ways include diversity, equity and inclusion, race, culture, bias, power and oppression. We will explore how cultural perspectives impact the communication and conflict styles we bring to our work as well as how to effectively connect when encountering differences in the clinical setting.
Another approach that will be used to help mental health professionals work more effectively in this realm is the Internal Family Systems model. IFS is a non-pathologizing therapeutic model that allows individuals to greet the parts of themselves that are reactive to issues involving racism and oppression with compassion and curiosity, so they can be helped, healed and released from stuck patterns of behavior that constrain their best intentions and limit their world view and options for living well. This model with be discussed and demonstrated as a tool to release legacy burdens related to race and oppression. These burdens are created by our socio-political-cultural context and get in the way of a collaborative, connected therapeutic position that is non-pathologizing, non-hierarchical and non-judgmental. When participants better understand legacy burdens and move beyond them, they will increase abilities to solve problems and heal wounds related to social injustices with their clients.
This workshop will be a mixture of didactic teaching, interactive activities, small and large group discussion, and internal reflection. During the two days we will create a learning community in which we will have time to sufficiently learn theoretical material as well as to interactively engage the material, to apply what was learned, to wrestle with the concepts in action and to reflect on our growing edges.
Outline for the Workshop - Day 1
10:30 - 10:45 – Break
10:45 - 12:30 – Defining the Basic Principles of IFS and Applying Those Ideas to Cross Cultural Capacity
12:30 - 1:30 – lunch
1:30 - 2:45 – Learning A Model for Understanding Diversity: The Intercultural Awareness Curriculum
2:45 - 3:00 – break
3:00 - 4:30 – Experiential Exercise 1: Using a Visual Sculpt to Demonstrate the Use of IFS with The Intercultural Awareness Model with Q&A
Outline for the Workshop - Day 2
10:30 - 10:45 – Break
10:45 - 12:30 – Experiential Exercise 2: Live Demonstration of an IFS Session Addressing Issues of Implicit Bias
12:30 - 1:30 – lunch
1:30 - 2:45 – Application of the Intercultural Awareness Curriculum in Clinical Work
2:45 - 3:00 – break
3:00 - 4:30 – Reflections on What Has Been Learned From the Training & Statement of Personal Commitment
4:30 to 4:45 - Complete Course Evaluations
- Participants will discuss a shared vocabulary and be able to define critical concepts including culture, diversity, race, ethnicity, inclusion, stereotypes, bias, prejudice, oppression and power.
- Participants will identify a minimum of three ways they are challenged when they encounter difference in clinical settings.
- Participants will apply the Intercultural Development Continuum to identify a minimum of two ways they can better engage difference in their work to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
- Participants will describe their culturally influenced conflict style and how it impacts their experience working with people who are different from themselves.
- Participants will describe how their own cultural legacy around issues of race and oppression impacts their effectiveness as mental health clinicians.
- Participants will list the six “F’s” of the Internal Family System model and be able to apply them to clinical situations when responding to their own and their clients reactivity and overwhelm.
- Participants will list the five “P’s” of the therapeutic stance in the Internal Family Systems Model and be able to use that information to help them re-calibrate their therapeutic position around difference when necessary.
- Participants will identify non-therapeutic parts of themselves that become activated when encountering difference and describe how to use two IFS techniques to help them maintain a therapeutic alliance.
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Group Registration: $250 per person for groups of two or more, $220 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 5/14/2019. Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
Clinicians United members, Black Therapists Rock members and people working in Caring Together programs may access a discounted rate of $190 per person. There are a limited number of seats for students in this workshop for a $25 registration fee.
Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.
Please note: no food or drink is allowed in the Macht Auditorium
Group registrants must register together online and/or mail multiple checks in the same envelope to get the discount.
Your space is not secured for an event until we receive payment.