White Supervisor Sociocultural Study Group

White Supervisor Sociocultural Study Group

Held via Zoom

Facilitated By: Beverly Burch and Susie Fefferman

Group Task: In this group we will explore how sociocultural issues show up in supervision when the therapist is white. Through a psychodynamic lens, our group will examine the intersection of race, gender and class, and how this intersection can produce complex combinations of power and disadvantage. We will focus on how these dynamics show up between white supervisor and supervisee, as well as with supervisee and client.

Learning together and paying close attention to our inner experience, we hope to meet our supervisees with deeper awareness, authenticity and empathy. The facilitators will bring in case examples, readings from psychodynamic literature and ideas from diverse sources. We’ll ask participants also to bring in case material. Initially we will meet every other week for the first four sessions,with the option to meet less frequently after that.

Beverly Burch, PhD., LSCW, has been involved in TPI for many years as a supervisor, teacher and Board member. Her personal and professional commitment in recent years has been to anti-racist work which she has been studying, speaking and writing about, as well as continuing to the profound complexities inherent in this work. She is a member of Coming to the Table, an interracial discussion group. The relational dynamics of race and culture in therapy and supervision is a particular interest.

Susie Fefferman, LMFT, has been an active member of TPI since 1990. Over the years, Susie has been a primary supervisor for many staff therapists, and has been on the facility of The Supervision Study Program. She has been a member of The Supervisor Committee, a group leader for PLG, and a member of The Bridge Committee. In 2014, Susie was a presenter at the annual Supervisor’s Conclave on the topic of Racial and Cultural Identities in Supervision. Since then, she has been involved in her own personal investigation of white privilege and for the last two years has been part of a group that attempts to unravel whiteness and make visible that which is hidden. Susie is particularly interested in how unconscious bias can affect the supervisory experience, and what happens when we begin to unravel white privilege in relationship to supervision.
When: This group will meet every other Saturday from 10:30 am-12:00 pm, starting Saturday, October, 2, 2021 through Saturday November 13, 2021.  

Where: Zoom

Admission is free. RSVP is required to attend as space is limited to 8 participants max. 6 CEs will be given for attending all sessions.  RSVP by clicking here.