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Using Metaphors to Bridge Cultural Differences in Groups: The Influence of the Therapist’s Cultural Narrative

Presenter: 
Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Using Metaphors to Bridge Cultural Differences in Groups: The Influence of the Therapist’s Cultural Narrative 

Exploring cultural differences as they emerge in the process and content of groups provides a rich opportunity for growth and learning. Group therapists who are more attuned to their own cultural narrative will be more able to address the way culture influences communication with their clients. Attending to metaphors that arise in the group provides a creative resource for the therapist and group members to bridge differences and deepen their mutual understanding. Through the use of lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and a demonstration group, Dr. Abernethy will assist participants in bridging cultural understanding.

This symposium is offered by the 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. 

Alexis Abernethy

Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She graduated from Howard University with a BS in Psychology and received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She has conducted workshops nationally on Cultural Competence and Spirituality in Group Therapy. Dr. Abernethy is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Fellow, as well as the Annual Meeting Co-Chair, of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Her publications include, “Working with Racial Themes in Group Psychotherapy” (1998) and “The Power of Metaphors for Exploring Cultural Differences in Groups” (2002) in Group.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 1:00 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

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 1/2/18 by 2/19/18 after 2/19/18
Member Licensed >3 years $70 $92 $112
Member Licensed <3 years $60 $80 $100
Member Prelicensed Students/Interns $50 $72 $92
Nonmember Licensed >3 years $90 $112 $132
Nonmember Licensed <3 years $80 $100 $120
Nonmember Prelicensed Students/Interns $70 $87 $107

CE: 4 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies).