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2017 Fall Symposium

Presenter: 
Robin DiAngelo, PhD, Zonya Johnson, PhD, Lyman Hollins, M.A., & Beverly Burch, PhD, LCSW

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 am - 3 pm
2017 Fall Symposium: Understanding White Fragility and Its Impact on Clinical Work in A Multicultural Society

Rarely will one find an analysis of racial dynamics, so significant, and with so many implications for clinical work, as in Robin DiAngelo’s 2011 published work, White Fragility.  Framing white fragility as a “lack of racial stamina,” we might conceptualize the notion, psychodynamically, as a learned defense against racial stress, requiring a process of working through in order to move beyond.  Its clinical impacts, with regard to transference and countertransference, projections, microagressions in the relational field, and the capacity for deep understanding and empathy when one’s tolerance for racial discomfort is stretched, are far-reaching.

The Psychotherapy Institute is excited to bring Dr. Robin DiAngelo as our speaker at this year’s annual Fall Symposium entitled: “Understanding White Fragility and its Impact on Clinical Work in a Multicultural Society.” Joining Dr. DiAngelo will be Zonya Johnson, Beverly Burch, and Lyman Hollins both individually and part of a panel that will respond to DiAngelo's remarks and audience interaction.  Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear this dynamic and provocative speaker, as she and the panelists examine the meanings of white fragility and racial dynamics in the context of the clinical encounter.

Robin DiAngeloRobin DiAngelo, PhD, is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books, including, What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Zonya JohnsonZonya Johnson, PhD, is a clinical and health psychologist who has been in practice and teaching for over 30 years. She is Dean at the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy in Berkeley. In her clinical practice, she provides culturally attuned psychotherapy with individual and couples. She also offers consultation and coaching to agencies and individual clinicians facilitating cultural competence/awareness, and addressing how race, power and privilege manifest in mental health and in health care work. She received her degrees from the University of Michigan and Boston University. Beverly Burch 

Beverly Burch, PhD, LCSW, serves the Vice President of TPI and has a private practice in Berkeley. She teaches and supervises at The Psychotherapy Institute and The Sanville Institute. She has published two books on gender, sexuality and psychodynamic theory, On Intimate Terms (University of Illinois) and Other Women (Columbia University) as well as two books of poetry.

Lyman HollinsLyman Hollins, M.A.,has been an Adjunct Faculty member in the Wright Institute's Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program since 2011, instructing the Multicultural Clinical Awareness Course. He has also collaborated in developing and teaching the Multicultural Awareness Course in the Wright Institute's Master's Counseling Psychology program. Mr. Hollins has been a treatment specialist at Family Paths in Oakland, CA, where he provides services to multi-stressed, children, families and adults of diverse backgrounds. He has been active in supporting the Alameda County African-American community through Brothers on the Rise and Alameda County Fathers Corp. Mr. Hollins currently offers facilitation and training services engaging in issues of difference, inclusivity, and cultural humility.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm

Location: Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland, CA (get map and directions)

Parking: Free at Central Parking Garage, 1250 M.L.K. Jr. Way, across from Preservation Park

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Nonmembers $135 $150
TPI Members $115 $130
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