9:45 am to 3:45 pm on Monday and Tuesday; 9:45 am to 4 pm on Wednesday
Instructors: Deran Young, LCSW and Jory Agate, MDiv, LMHC
Location: Live on Zoom
Credits: 15 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 of helpers and clients
• enhance skills that improve overall mental health by healing traumatic effects of oppression and avoiding re-victimization
• 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 assess their abilities to navigate difference. Language and tools will be provided to grow clinical skills for interpersonal terrain that is complicated by difference. 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
Concepts that will be taught in nuanced ways include diversity, equity and inclusion, race, culture, bias, power and oppression. We will explore how our own cultural perspectives impact communication and conflict styles we bring to our work learning how to effectively connect across difference in the clinical setting.
Another approach for helping professionals to work more effectively in this realm is the Internal Family Systems model developed by Dr. Richard C. Schwartz. 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 them, limiting their world view and options for living justly. This model with be discussed and demonstrated as a tool to release legacy burdens related to race and oppression. Legacy burdens are created by current and historical socio-political-cultural contexts and get in the way of collaborative, connected relationships that are 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.
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 community in which we will have time to sufficiently learn theory as well as interactively engage the material, apply what was learned, wrestle with concepts in action and reflect on our growing edges. Participants with a wide range of knowledge, personal and professional experiences will benefit from the workshop. No advanced training needed in IFS or the Intercultural Development Model to attend the event.
Outline for the Workshop - Day 1
10 am – 12:30 pm – The Importance of Cultural Competency: Developing Common Understanding of Critical Concepts and Terms Including: culture, diversity, race, ethnicity, inclusion, stereotypes, bias, prejudice, oppression, power
12:30 – 1:00 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:15 pm – Defining the Basic Principles of IFS: Applying Those Ideas to Cross Cultural Capacity
2:15 – 2:30 pm - Break
2:30 – 3:45 pm- Learning A Model for Understanding Diversity: The Intercultural Awareness Curriculum
Outline for the Workshop - Day 2
10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Our Own Journey Through Issues of Race and Difference: How it Impacts Our Clinical Lens
12:30 – 1:00 pm– Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:15 pm– What To Do When You Get Activated?: Using IFS tools of Unblending and U-Turn When Engaging Difference
2:15 – 2:30 pm- Break
2:30 – 3:45 pm – Conflict and Intercultural Conflict Styles
Outline for the Workshop - Day 3
10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Seeing Power, Privilege, Intent & Impact
12:30 – 1:00 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:15 pm – Application of the Intercultural Awareness Curriculum in Clinical Work
2:15 – 2:30 pm- Break
2:30 – 3:45 pm– Reflections on What Has Been Learned & Statement of Personal Commitment
3:45 – 4:00 pm - Complete course evaluation
- 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 eight "C’s” of the Self in the Internal Family System model and be able to apply them to clinical situations when responding to their own 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.
Cancellations and Refunds: Workshops and courses may be cancelled by Therapy Training Boston if minimum enrollment requirements are not met. In this case, full fees will be refunded or applied to future programs. Otherwise, no refunds are provided for registrants.
More information on event policies here, detailed CE information here.
Group Registration: $315 per person for groups of two or more, $300 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 7/16/2020. Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
Clinicians United, Black Therapists Rock and NEAFAST members as well as people working in Caring Together programs may access a discounted rate of $250 per person.
Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.