Becoming a Racially conscious Therapist
Presenters: Dr. Bukky Kolawole, PsyD. & Tony hudson, MEd.
Race is a social construct that serves as an organizing force in our society and has radical implications for us all. Whether or not we acknowledge it, practitioners are racial beings living in a society where race matters. It matters in our personal lives, it matters in our professional lives and it matters in how we engage our practice. Whether consciously or unconsciously, our racial identity influences how we show up in our practice, what choices we make in our interventions and how we are seen by those we serve. Unfortunately, because it has been socially sanctioned to avoid talking about race, many professionals have not built up their capacity to consider how race matters personally or professionally, speak less of talking about race or utilizing a racially conscious lens in their work.
Becoming a Racially Conscious Therapist is a virtual, highly engaging, interactive experience for therapists focused on the exploration of how race and intersectionality matters in their personal and professional relationships. This experience focuses on introducing therapists to a tool for building their capacity to engage in conversations about race and ultimately center racial consciousness and intersectional equity in their personal and professional relationships. Participants will be guided by an expert in facilitating conversations about race using the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ tool.
When: Friday, October 9th
Where: Online via Zoom platform
Cost: Non-member rate – $175; NYCEFT Member rate – $150; Full time agency, active or former military, graduate students, VA employees - $100; Equity Rate available (choose your own price)
We provide a limited number of seats for discounts on students, clinicians who work in agencies providing care to underserved or marginalized populations, active or former military mental health professionals and VA employees. Students must be full time and provide an official course schedule for verification.
Approved for 5.5 CEs, additional $20 for application.
1. Identify the three stages of the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ (RCC) tool
2. Utilize the RCC tool to examine how race matters in their personal and professional lives
3. Utilize the RCC tool to examine how race and power matters in their professional role/capacity
4. Identify their personal stage of racial identity development
5. Apply the RCC tool to assess the extent to which their practice of psychotherapy provides a space to match the racial needs of their clients
6. Discuss ways in which the racial status quo is maintained in the professional practice of psychotherapy/mental health and what interruption of the status quo could look like
Dr. Bukky koLawole, Psyd.
Dr. Bukky is a Black, queer, gender non-conforming person and the founder and executive director of Relationship HQ. Her* purpose is to boldly disrupt systems of oppression with love so that we can all show up in the fullness of our humanity, i.e., with authenticity and vulnerability. She* is committed to helping therapists develop their racial consciousness so they can better serve all clients and not just a subset of clients (i.e, clients with privileged identities).
As a trainer, Dr. Bukky is dedicated to the design and delivery of dynamic, evocative learning experiences in which participants increase their knowledge and skills while feeling emotionally engaged through the learning process. Her* unique training style is culturally informed, emotionally engaging and captivating of participants’ hearts and minds. The combination of her* passion for teaching, unique training style and the emotionally-attuned environment she* intentionally creates sets her* apart from other trainers. Dr Bukky is a certified EFT therapist and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Tony Hudson, MEd.
Tony Hudson helps leaders and organizations explore how race matters to them, then he assists them in becoming racially conscious inclusive organizations. His purpose is to align people and resources to center racial consciousness and intersectional equity in relationships and collaboration. He developed the Racially Conscious CollaborationTM Framework, a suite of research-based tools structured to assist people and organizations in transformation. His process includes three phases: 1.) Capacity building; 2.) Organizational assessment and plan development, and 3.) Deep implementation coaching.
Tony spent the last six years traveling across the country, successfully ushering organizations through racial consciousness development and organizational change with the Pacific Educational Group. He has worked with a wide range of clients, including fortune 500 companies, school districts, health care organizations, non-government, and municipal entities. As a result of his work as the lead consultant guiding New York University Langone Center for Early Childhood Health and Development through their transformation, the organization was recognized with a national award for their success. Tony’s success as an expert journey partner to organizations stems from his ability to meet organizations where they are at and move them from having uncertainty about race to progressively maintaining race equity and inclusion.
- List the three stages of the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ (RCC) tool
- Utilize the RCC tool to examine how race matters in their personal and professional lives
- Utilize the RCC tool to examine how race and power matters in their professional role/capacity
- Identify their personal stage of racial identity development
- Apply the RCC tool to assess the extent to which their practice of psychotherapy provides a space to match the racial needs of their clients
- Discuss ways in which the racial status quo is maintained in the professional practice of psychotherapy/mental health and what interruption of the status quo could look like
8:30am - 10am
- Exploration & Identification of first stage of RCC: How Does Race Matter?
- Introduction to tenet of attending to emotion
- Begin personal application of attending to emotion in context of race
10am - 12pm
- Exploration & Identification of second stage of RCC: How Does Race, Power and Intersectionality Matter?
- Individual reflection
- Small group
- Large group sharing
- Exploration of your own racial identity and intersecting identities
12pm - 1pm
1pm - 3:30pm
- Putting it All Together
- Exploration of stage 1 and stage 2 in context of professional role
- What impact is your racial identity having on your role as a therapist
- Introduction to Stage 3: Crafting interest convergence
- Personal exploration of developing a racially conscious practice
- What is it going to take for you to develop a racially conscious practice
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Cancellation Policy: online registrations are not refundable.