GTTP Symposium: Lifting as we Grow: Racial Literacy Practice-building

Christine Schmidt, LCSW, CGP, and Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC
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Saturday, March 06, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.

GTTP Symposium
Lifting as We Grow: Racial Literacy Practice-Building

Psychotherapy organizations and practitioners are explicitly naming anti-racism in their mission statements and profiles. As it becomes a feature of identity—both organizational and individual—consideration of how racial literacy develops is fundamental.

This forum will examine some of the avenues for preparing the next generation of racial literacy practitioners in psychotherapy and other mental health professions. Presenters will provide a didactic frame for racial literacy development with particular attention to the obstacles and resistances. Forum participants will engage interactively to learn racial literacy information and approaches.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify how whiteness (white habits, white thinking, and white behavior) presents obstacles to racial literacy.
  • Explain why racial literacy is essential to developing an anti-racist identity.
  • Develop group goals to promote racial literacy.

This symposium is offered by our Group Therapy Training Program, a one-year training program offering an in-depth study of the theory and practice of group therapy facilitation. The faculty includes senior group therapists and experts in group psychotherapy from TPI and the larger Bay Area community. Click here to learn more about the program.

Christine Schmidt, LCSW, CGP, offers group psychotherapy and racial literacy consultations from Brooklyn, New York. In addition, she is a mediator and an educational consultant. She has published about the psychological dynamics of racism with a particular focus on the impact of whiteness. She is a co-chairperson of Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society’s Work Group for Racial Equity.

Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC, is a psychotherapist in New York City. He has offered extensive training to professional organizations about racial dynamics in psychotherapy with a particular focus on colorism. He is a co-chairperson of Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society’s Work Group for Racial Equity.

Christine and Rudy have offered workshops, conferences, short and long-term groups about racial dynamics, racism, whiteness, colorism, racial literacy, and racial micro-aggressions since 2013. They have presented at AGPA and affiliate organizations, the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers, and have offered training to non-profit agencies. They established Racial Literacy Groups for professional development and mentoring to group therapists and other helping professionals.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 06, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm PST. Live webinar.
Zoom invite will be sent out a few days prior to the course date.

Location: Virtual format—Zoom
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 Attendee Status: Pricing:
TPI Members $25
Nonmembers $35

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 Course Policies).

Registration Ends: 
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:00pm
$10 fee