Specific Interest Groups
I. The Practice of Cultural Humility with Sandra A. López, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW
Culture can be a significant influence in the dynamics and experience within groups. Facilitating the often-delicate conversations about cultural affiliations, biases, blind spots, and navigating cultural conflicts is an essential skill for group therapists in our world today. This break-out session will focus on the development of the practice of cultural humility within the group experience and demonstrate its practice within the group context.
II. Psychodramatic Role Reversal as Diversity Training with Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP and Sue Barnum LPCC (NM), TEP, CGP
Role reversal allows participants to “step into the shoes” of those from diverse backgrounds. Participants will be given roles to take and coached. This is experiential work, although technique will be discussed. Participants will share their experiences of “becoming another.”
III. Who’s Speaking? with Daniel Garcia, PhD
Sometimes we speak with words, other times with gestures, and still other times with silence. Jacques Lacan asserted that while content matters, what is of greater therapeutic consequence is who speaks. By asking who speaks, we promote the subject’s emancipation and curtail his/her alienation. These fundamental Lacanian concepts will be explained and applied through experiential exercises.
IV. Racial Microaggressions and its Effect in the Therapeutic Process with Kamilah Thomas, LCSW
Participants will learn about racial microaggressions, dilemmas of addressing racial microaggressions, the different types of microaggressions in the therapeutic process, and how it affects the therapeutic relationship.
V. Understanding and Supporting the Latino Bereaved Community with Flor Guebara, LCSW and Cristina M. Flores, LCSW
This presentation will provide detailed information on the difference in the language used when describing the grief process within the Latino culture as well as grief and its impact in the Latino community. The discussion will explore key cultural values that impact the grief journey of Latinos in the United States. Additionally, we will discuss important concepts to take into account when offering culturally competent services to the Latino bereaved community.
VI. An Experiential Journey into Power Dynamics, Values, and Resources with Jennifer Markey, PhD
Learning about ourselves often comes from engaging in simple experiences that appear basic on the surface yet contain complex lessons that illuminate the whys behind our decisions and actions. Participants will build an actual city/community and have the opportunity to explore their values and biases in their roles as humans and clinicians.
VII. Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children with Denise O’Doherty, LPC, LMFT, LCDC, RN
Parents with a transgender child encounter a unique set of challenges as their child goes through the transition process. This group will focus on the emotions and experiences of those parents. The goal is to develop a framework to help parents manage their emotions.
VIII. Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga into Group Psychotherapy with Elizabeth Haberer, LCSW
This course will provide training, guidance and support to clinicians wishing to integrate trauma-informed yogic practices and movement into their process groups. Equipment will be provided.