Dialogues on Difference: Loving Across Difference: Building the Therapeutic Frame with Multiheritage and Multiethnic Couples

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Topic: Loving Across Difference: Building the Therapeutic Frame with Multi-heritage and Multi-ethnic Couples
Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Date: Friday, March 6th 2020, 4pm to 6pm
Facilitator: Elizabeth Ohito, LCSW

Integrating cultural understanding and values when seeing multiheritage couples is an essential component of understanding how identity shapes values and behaviors in emotionally committed relationships. This DoD is a presentation and conversation on how to assess for and support exploration in the therapy room of a couple's respective cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Cultural assumptions, held by the clinicians and even in each member of the couple relationship, are important to identify and illuminate with a couple as part of the especially in the beginning stage of the therapy. I will be presenting some strategies for clinician self-reflection as well as some prompts and materials to help the couple speak to their respective cultures and the interactions between them.

Elizabeth Ohito, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice who works with individuals and couples. Her clinical work, based in San Francisco and Oakland centers culture and identity as a central component of emotional healing and wellbeing. She has trained and worked at UC Berkeley. UCSF, City and County of San Francisco, as well as with a group psychotherapy practice in San Francisco. She can be contacted at www.elizabethohito.com/contact

Admission is free. RSVP is required to attend as space is limited.