05/07/2022- GTTP Symposium: Racial Realities in Group Work

Aziza Platt, LCSW, CGP; and Adi Avivi, LCSW, CASAC
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Saturday, May 07, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.

GTTP Symposium:
Racial Realities in Group Work

Parallel processing is a term often used in group psychotherapy. Patterns from patients’ personal, familial, social, and psychosocial histories show themselves in the group’s dynamics. Parallel processing allows the group’s leaders and members to explore such patterns rather than just enact them. Racial realities are part of these patterns; however, they are seldom explored and confronted. As recent events brought the reality of White Supremacy and racism to the forefront of awareness, group psychotherapists would greatly benefit from understanding how racial biases operate in their groups, their organizations, and in themselves.

In this training, we will learn how to identify racism and how it operates, its effect on BIPOCs and on white folx, and about its intersection with other identity factors such as sex, gender identity, class, ability status, etcetera. We will learn about the different roles and tasks BIPOCs and white folx have in the journey toward an antiracist culture (Hardy, 2016 – The PAST Model), and we will examine how an antiracist position could enrich and vitalize our clinical work and our connection with our professional communities.

Course Objectives:

  • Define racism and race-based trauma and impact as well ethics regarding addressing oppression and social justice.
  • Analyze race and racism in individual and societal systems and extrapolate that to group therapy and other clinical interactions.
  • Define microaggressions, distinguish types of microaggressions, and translate the underlying meta-communication of microaggressions.
  • Explain the gamut of racial-cultural events in groups (e.g., trajectories, outcomes) and techniques related to race and group development, roles, and corrective experiences.
  • Apply existing research and ethical codes regarding facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and resolving intercultural conflict.
  • Apply tools to assess therapists’ and members’ identities and intersections and utilize multicultural orientation framework for facilitating intercultural conversations and resolving intercultural conflict.
  • Practice applying clinical skills to preventing racial-cultural conflict where possible and responding therapeutically.
  • Explore advocacy for equity beyond the therapy room.

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 clinicians and experts in group psychotherapy from TPI and the larger Bay Area community. Click here to learn more about the program.

Dr. Aziza A. B. Platt, LCSW, CGP, is a licensed psychologist providing culturally-responsive individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment. She treats various concerns and specializes in racial-cultural issues, trauma, and grief. She was inspired to get into mental health to contribute to efforts to make therapy more acceptable, accessible, and affordable particularly for marginalized communities. Social justice and liberation are an indelible part of her work. For patients, she aims to eliminate barriers, structural and otherwise, to seeking and receiving quality and culturally competent mental health care, especially for underrepresented and under-served communities. As a practitioner, she strives to help the field and practitioners become increasingly more culturally aware and responsive. As a scientist, she focuses on health disparities and evidence-based research to inform culturally responsive clinical practice. As a consultant, she endeavors to help create culture shifts around cross-cultural engagement toward achieving equity. She hopes to integrate the skills from her previous career as a software developer into her psychological endeavors.

Adi Avivi, LCSW, CASAC, is a clinical psychologist working in New York City. She has been working in urban hospitals focusing her clinical work on disenfranchised populations in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Dr. Avivi graduated from Long Island University - Post Campus' clinical psychology doctoral program, where she focused her studies on severe mental illness, multiculturalism, and women’s issues. Her research interest focused on women and the political and economic components influencing their psyches and identities. Her own study examined Internet communication among childfree women. After her graduation, Dr. Avivi focused on group psychotherapy, receiving her Certification in Group Psychotherapy from The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). Currently she is leading psychotherapy and supervision groups in a Group Therapy Clinic and has a small private practice.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 07, 2022, 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.

 Attendee Status: Pricing:
TPI Members $25
Nonmembers $35
Student/Associate $15

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 Closes: 
Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm
$10 fee