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Making Talking About Race Your Work

A Therapist's Call to Action

Ken Hardy

Too many Black people are living in a wall-less prison, says therapist Ken Hardy, where they're constantly calibrating their lives based on the expectations of the white mainstream. Here, he makes a call to action: even if it’s not part of your job description, make allyship part of your life's work.

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Moving from Passive Allyship to Action

Three Things Therapists Can Do Right Now

Lambers Fisher, Deran Young, Amber Flynn

The recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality have left many therapists wondering what they can do to be active forces for change in the therapy room and beyond. Four mental health professionals discuss where to begin.

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How Do I Make Phone Sessions Effective?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

June 2020 Clinician's Quandary: Teletherapy allows therapists to notice their clients' subtle expressions, movements, and gestures. But some clients prefer phone sessions, which can make clinicians feel hindered. Here, five therapists offer tips and strategies that can help make phone sessions just as effective as those done over video.

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VIDEO: Creating a Safe Space to Talk about Racial Trauma

Self-Exploration, Soft Introductions, and Leaving a Door Open

Lambers Fisher, Deran Young, Amber Flynn

How can white clinicians create a safe space in therapy for clients of color to talk about racial trauma? And if clients don't bring it up, should the therapist? Four mental health professionals give their perspectives on how to open the conversation.

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VIDEO: Gabor Maté on Making Sense of Our Pain

Finding a Pathway to Compassion for Ourselves and Others

Gabor Maté

What can we do to do to address the overwhelming anxiety in our lives right now? What can we do to be kinder to ourselves, to be in a better position to effect positive change, as therapists and as human beings? Physician, trauma expert, and bestselling author Gabor Maté offers his perspective.

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White Therapists, Here’s What Your Black Colleagues Want You to Know

20 Therapists of Color on Race-Based Trauma

Lisa Savage and Kim Knight

For people of color, the murder of George Floyd reignites centuries of collective grief and trauma. Here, the two founders of Clinicians of Color share some of their members’ experiences with race-based trauma as well as their guidance on how white therapists can better support them and clients of color.

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A Therapist’s Response to Social Injustices

A Call to See, Feel, Act

Lambers Fisher

More than ever, therapists can use their role as helping professionals to contribute to positive change in their communities. Here are three important ways we can all meet this challenge.

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VIDEO: How Can White Therapists Be Better Allies?

Deepening the Conversation around Race-Based Trauma

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, and S. Kent Butler

What does it mean to be an ally to people of color⁠? What steps can therapists take to heal race-based trauma and deepen the conversation around racial injustice in therapy and in the wider community? Several clinicians and leaders in our field share their perspectives.

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The Green Sweater

A Lesson on Listening and Privilege

Kevin Roth

A white therapist recalls a moment from early on in his training, where a misplaced sweater and the open dialogue with a Black colleague that ensued lead to a new understanding of his white privilege and racial biases.

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A Black Therapist in America

Speaking Out Against Learned Voicelessness

Ken 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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