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Location Changed: Microaggressions Series #2: Focus on Racial/Ethnic Identities

Topic: Microaggressions Series #2: Focus on Racial/Ethnic Identities
Location: Campbell Room, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley (get map and directions)

Date:Friday, April 6th, from 4 pm to 6 pm

Facilitators: Ali Kimmell, LCSW & Carlin Quinn, LMFT

This series of Dialogues on Difference (DOD) is part of the rollout of institute wide efforts to better understand and respond to microaggressions that happen in our community. We endeavor to make these Microaggression dialogues an exploratory and non-judgmental space for folks to bring questions, concerns, and an attitude of openness and not knowing.

In this DOD, we will focus on racial microaggressions and the different levels on which they may be enacted. We will support participants in locating themselves racially and ways in which their own positions of identity/power/privilege impact racial microggressions and enactments when they occur. We will work to build a baseline of knowledge of racial microaggressions and fine tune our ability to identify and speak to them when they occur.

The dialogue will begin with some didactic material and concepts to help people ground theoretically around this topic. We will then open space to explore questions and think psychodynamically about some of the dynamics of shame and othering that can occur with these topics. We will conclude with some ideas of how to intervene in a microaggression that you are directly part of or a witness to.

Ali Kimmell, LCSW, has a private practice in Oakland where she sees individuals, couples, and groups and is co-founder of Living Improv: Improv Therapy Groups. She is a graduate of TPI’s post graduate training program and Smith College School for Social Work. Ali practices from a relational psychoanalytic lens and integrates social justice and somatic awareness into her work. She particularly enjoys working with non-traditional relationships, sociocultural identity, and people seeking greater emotional connection to themselves and others.

Carlin Quinn, LMFT, is a graduate of The Psychotherapy Institute and has spent the last several years in private practice in Oakland. She is a community organizer and produces community events related to racial justice, regenerative technologies for sustainable living, multi level system change and earth based rites of passage work. She engages passionately with the work of Ken Hardy and Robin DiAngelo and is particularly interested in the ways that psychoanalytic thinking can inform, and be influenced by, present evolving scholarship around race and social equity.

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

Admission is free. If needed, we can move to a larger venue. is required to attend as space is limited. RSVP by clicking here.