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Race Matters

How Far Have We Come? Ken Hardy Weighs In

Ken Hardy • 1/27/2017

By Kenneth Hardy - If ever there were a critical moment for constructive and courageous conversations about race, power, and privilege in our practices, communities, and the broader society, this is it.

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Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

Marian Sandmaier, Bessel van der Kolk, John Gottman, Dan Siegel, John Preston, Ken Hardy, Mary Jo Barrett, Salvador Minichin • 1/1/2017

A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

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A Black Therapist in America

Speaking Out against Learned Voicelessness

Ken Hardy • 11/17/2016

By Kenneth Hardy - My own clinical work has become centered on issues like the anatomy of racial rage, learned voicelessness, and an array of other invisible wounds of racial oppression. But after all these years, I still have my own untold stories.

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VIDEO: Ken Hardy on the Assaulted Sense of Self

Voicelessness in Black America

Ken Hardy • 6/27/2016

What do we contribute as a profession to the "conversation about race"? As lame and ungainly as this phrase often sounds, it continues to heat up around us, and therapists can no more ignore it in their lives than they can in their offices, says Kenneth HardyIn his keynote from this year's Networker Symposium, Hardy challenged us all to confront the realities of racism in our work. Experience it for yourself.

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Examining Our Identities and Biases in the Consulting Room

Kenneth Hardy on How to Properly Address Racial, Ethnic, and Sexual Differences

Ken Hardy • 1/21/2016

Anyone who wishes to move outside the consulting room to address racial, ethnic, or sexual differences must rely on the bedrock belief that everyone has redeemable parts, and you can find them if you have the will and the patience to look. The creation of "the other" is the dynamic at the heart of divorce and personal antagonisms, and it has always been central to racism, sexism, homophobia, and ethnic persecution. Since realizing this, I've come to see that my work isn't about educating the unenlightened: it's about helping people see the insidious impact of turning a person or a group into "the other."

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VIDEO: Getting Through to Inner City Youth

Kenneth Hardy on Helping Traumatized Kids Discover Their Inner Resources

Ken Hardy • 11/25/2015

In its coverage of Ferguson and Baltimore, the media fixed on lurid images of violence and destruction without providing much context for understanding the conditions of daily life that could possibly spark such explosive rage. As someone who's spent much of his career working with traumatized kids whose lives have been shaped by poverty and violence, psychologist Ken Hardy understands what fuels that rage. In this video, psychologist Ken shares how to connect with these kids in a way that validates their experience.

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The View From Black America

Listening to the Untold Stories

Ken Hardy • 11/18/2015

Many poor, young, black people see themselves as trapped behind a wall-less prison with no exits. They know all too well that their daily experience—whether it’s going to lousy schools, succumbing to drug use and abuse, or being the victims of crime and lack of employment prospects—doesn’t matter unless it disrupts the lives of the white mainstream.

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The View From Black America

Listening to the Untold Stories

Ken Hardy • 11/1/2015

Many poor, young, black people see themselves as trapped behind a wall-less prison with no exits. They know all too well that their daily experience---whether it’s going to lousy schools, succumbing to drug use and abuse, or being the victims of crime and lack of employment prospects---doesn’t matter unless it disrupts the lives of the white mainstream.

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The Dearth of Social Context in Psychotherapy

Ken Hardy on Why Therapy Needs to Address Race and Class

Ken Hardy • 4/3/2015

As a profession, we’ve become increasingly focused on our economic survival and seem to have turned a blind eye toward the broader social condition, voicing little about matters that aren’t central to our professional interest. A tendency to ignore the wider social context is reflected in our increasing embrace of more manualized approaches to therapy, predicated on the notion that cultural differences don’t matter much, and you can apply techniques more or less uniformly across different treatment populations. But no professional group is more qualified to address relationship conflict than we are.

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Kenneth Hardy on The Attack on Diversity

Ken Hardy • 3/1/2015

Manualized psychotherapy is squeezing out people on the margins of mainstream society.

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Race Matters

How Far Have We Come? Ken Hardy Weighs In

Ken Hardy • 1/27/2017

By Kenneth Hardy - If ever there were a critical moment for constructive and courageous conversations about race, power, and privilege in our practices, communities, and the broader society, this is it.

Daily Blog

A Black Therapist in America

Speaking Out against Learned Voicelessness

Ken Hardy • 11/17/2016

By Kenneth Hardy - My own clinical work has become centered on issues like the anatomy of racial rage, learned voicelessness, and an array of other invisible wounds of racial oppression. But after all these years, I still have my own untold stories.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Ken Hardy on the Assaulted Sense of Self

Voicelessness in Black America

Ken Hardy • 6/27/2016

What do we contribute as a profession to the "conversation about race"? As lame and ungainly as this phrase often sounds, it continues to heat up around us, and therapists can no more ignore it in their lives than they can in their offices, says Kenneth HardyIn his keynote from this year's Networker Symposium, Hardy challenged us all to confront the realities of racism in our work. Experience it for yourself.

Daily Blog

Examining Our Identities and Biases in the Consulting Room

Kenneth Hardy on How to Properly Address Racial, Ethnic, and Sexual Differences

Ken Hardy • 1/21/2016

Anyone who wishes to move outside the consulting room to address racial, ethnic, or sexual differences must rely on the bedrock belief that everyone has redeemable parts, and you can find them if you have the will and the patience to look. The creation of "the other" is the dynamic at the heart of divorce and personal antagonisms, and it has always been central to racism, sexism, homophobia, and ethnic persecution. Since realizing this, I've come to see that my work isn't about educating the unenlightened: it's about helping people see the insidious impact of turning a person or a group into "the other."

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Getting Through to Inner City Youth

Kenneth Hardy on Helping Traumatized Kids Discover Their Inner Resources

Ken Hardy • 11/25/2015

In its coverage of Ferguson and Baltimore, the media fixed on lurid images of violence and destruction without providing much context for understanding the conditions of daily life that could possibly spark such explosive rage. As someone who's spent much of his career working with traumatized kids whose lives have been shaped by poverty and violence, psychologist Ken Hardy understands what fuels that rage. In this video, psychologist Ken shares how to connect with these kids in a way that validates their experience.

Daily Blog

The View From Black America

Listening to the Untold Stories

Ken Hardy • 11/1/2015

Many poor, young, black people see themselves as trapped behind a wall-less prison with no exits. They know all too well that their daily experience---whether it’s going to lousy schools, succumbing to drug use and abuse, or being the victims of crime and lack of employment prospects---doesn’t matter unless it disrupts the lives of the white mainstream.

Daily Blog

The Dearth of Social Context in Psychotherapy

Ken Hardy on Why Therapy Needs to Address Race and Class

Ken Hardy • 4/3/2015

As a profession, we’ve become increasingly focused on our economic survival and seem to have turned a blind eye toward the broader social condition, voicing little about matters that aren’t central to our professional interest. A tendency to ignore the wider social context is reflected in our increasing embrace of more manualized approaches to therapy, predicated on the notion that cultural differences don’t matter much, and you can apply techniques more or less uniformly across different treatment populations. But no professional group is more qualified to address relationship conflict than we are.

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Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

Marian Sandmaier, Bessel van der Kolk, John Gottman, Dan Siegel, John Preston, Ken Hardy, Mary Jo Barrett, Salvador Minichin • 1/1/2017

A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

Magazine Article

The View From Black America

Listening to the Untold Stories

Ken Hardy • 11/18/2015

Many poor, young, black people see themselves as trapped behind a wall-less prison with no exits. They know all too well that their daily experience—whether it’s going to lousy schools, succumbing to drug use and abuse, or being the victims of crime and lack of employment prospects—doesn’t matter unless it disrupts the lives of the white mainstream.

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Kenneth Hardy on The Attack on Diversity

Ken Hardy • 3/1/2015

Manualized psychotherapy is squeezing out people on the margins of mainstream society.

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When "Them" Become "Us"

Crossing the great divide of otherness

Ken Hardy • 1/1/2009

The creation of "the other" is the dynamic at the heart of racism, sexism, homophobia, and persecution. The first step in altering that dynamic is the struggle to challenge your own sense of "them" and "us."

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Breathing Room

Creating a Zone of Safety and Connection for Angry Black Teens

Ken Hardy • 5/29/1996

Therapy is about healing and also about promoting connection. The healing starts when we lance the wounds our clients bring in, help them vent their pain and rage and let the toxins pour out. The more difficult part of the process is rooted in the bond the client feels with us.

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Embracing Both/ And

Race and Therapy

Ken Hardy • 11/1/1995

Polarizations, both mundane and existential, have one compelling quality: they break things down into neat categories and seemingly clear choices. They're also insidiously destructive, creating a wedge between people by making their differences seem vast and insurmountable.

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Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., is the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of family therapy at Drexel University. He's the coauthor of Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence and Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice.