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DoD: Antidotes to White (Clinicians') Fragility: Cultivating Resilience and Responsiveness

Friday, December 1, 2017

Topic: Antidotes to White (Clinicians') Fragility: Cultivating Resilience and Responsiveness

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704

Date: Friday, December 1st, from 4 pm to 6 pm

Facilitator: Katherine Roubos, MSW

"White Fragility" is defined by Robin DiAngelo as “A state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation (2011).” How might White clinicians notice more frequently and respond more skillfully when these patterns subtly or blatantly arise in personal or clinical situations?

This dialogue centers experience-based opportunities to explore how patterns of white fragility play out in clinical work and what tools, skills and approaches are useful in cultivating resilience (as opposed to white fragility) in ourselves, our clinical work, and our communities. We will explore the role of the body, patterns of counter transference, intersecting identities, and other themes that you bring from your experience.

Katherine Roubos, MSW, is a white, genderqueer therapist dedicated to facilitating personal, interpersonal and collective healing through relationships, awareness and activism. Roubos uses a long-term relational psychodynamic approach and a sense of humor in their work at WestCoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, CA where they offer community based mental health support to system-involved Transition Aged Youth (age 13-23).

At Smith School for Social Work, Roubos’ master’s thesis “Cultivating Resilience: Antidotes to White Fragility in Racial Justice Education” informs their current work of integrating somatic tools, playfulness and trauma-informed pedagogy toward addressing Whiteness and White privilege in academic, community and agency settings. See www.alivelykat.com for more information.

Roubos earned their Masters in Social Work through Smith College School for Social Work and received a BA with honors from Stanford University. They teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses through Kaiser Permanente and guest-teach at East Bay Meditation Center on occasion.

Dialogues on Difference are a free benefit to all TPI members.

Members of color welcome to attend. The content centers White clinicians' challenges and paths to resilience/responsiveness - feel free to contact alivelykat@gmail.com if you have questions about participating in this offering.

Admission is free. RSVP is required to attend as space is limited. RSVP by clicking here.