10/23/2021- A Perspective and Exploration of the Immigrant of Color Experience

Stephanie Z. Chen, PhD and Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW

Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.

A Perspective and Exploration of the Immigrant of Color Experience

Immigration continues to be a lightning rod issue in the United States. Arguments for and against immigration have shaped national policies and laws, and have influenced social and individual perceptions and beliefs about immigrants, and the self-concepts of immigrants themselves. This course examines how psychoanalytic perspectives further elucidate the topic of immigration in the therapeutic encounter and relationship.

This course will provide a cursory review of immigration policies followed by an exploration on the role of xenophobia and its impact on a collective and intrapsychic relationship to the “Other.” We will use case examples to highlight these dynamics.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will discuss how psychoanalytic theories are applicable in discussion about immigration, immigrants and xenophobia.
  • Participants will develop how to incorporate the topic of immigration and/or being immigrants in the therapeutic treatment and relationship.
  • Participants will connect ways in which their own anti-immigrant perceptions influence their clinical work.

Dr. Stephanie Z. Chen is a licensed clinical psychologist and full-time professor at the Wright Institute’s Masters in Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Chen has clinical experience in providing direct clinical services to children, youth, adults and families in outpatient, hospital, school-based and private practice settings. In addition, she has provided individual and group supervision to trainees and staff from different stages of their professional development. Lastly, Dr. Chen is passionate and committed to integrating and highlighting multicultural, diversity and social justice lens into her clinical, research, and teaching endeavors.

Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW, has worked in the mental health/social services field in various settings, including residential and community-based services, through services such as Wraparound, psychotherapy, and violence prevention work. Jeanette has worked extensively with youth and families, especially in the area of trauma, including supporting youth and families through issues, such as intergenerational trauma, immigration trauma, and issues related oppression, racism, and acculturation issues. Jeanette is a bilingual first-generation Salvadoran-American practitioner who enjoys practicing mostly from a social justice, relational, and psychodynamic approach. She currently holds a Private Practice in Berkeley and is part-time faculty at the Wright Institute’s Masters in Counseling Psychology Program.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.
Zoom invite will be sent out a few days prior to the course date.

Location: Virtual format—Zoom
Contact Administrative Coordinator Sierra Wilson with any questions or concerns: sbrown@tpi-berkeley.org.

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 09/23/21 after 09/23/21
TPI Members $75 $100
Nonmembers $95 $120
Prelicensed Students/Associates $55 $80

CE: 3 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. Attendees must participate in live sessions to receive CE's. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Registration and Course Policies).

Registration Ends: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm
$10 fee