Topic - Cultural, Social & Racial Issues

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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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The Legacies of Cultural and Historical Trauma

My Story

Anita Mandley

I not only have an expanded vision of trauma these days, but an increased sense of mission to help other therapists see the larger context of what we carry inside. It’s not a matter of dredging up a painful past, but of normalizing our interconnectedness and the emotions and behaviors that come out of it.

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Couples Therapy During Coronavirus

Challenges and Opportunities

Sara Schwarzbaum

A clinician who's spent almost two years doing online couples therapy shares the tips and strategies she's found especially helpful.

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VIDEO: Esther Perel on Working with Couples in Quarantine

What They Need Most Right Now

Esther Perel

Partners in quarantine are facing distinct challenges, says couples therapist and bestselling author Esther Perel. Here, she breaks down the patterns she's seeing and shares what she's doing to help polarized couples repair their relationship.

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VIDEO: Peter Levine on Finding Inner Balance with Ourselves and Others

Staying Connected While Separate During Times of Uncertainty

Peter Levine

Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing pioneer, shares what it means to stay connected and courageous during the coronavirus pandemic, in this clip from the 2020 Networker Virtual Symposium.

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VIDEO: Esther Perel on Our Shared Trauma

Navigating the "Parallel Process" Covid-19 Has Created

Esther Perel

In the midst of covid-19, therapists and clients are sharing many of the same anxieties. As a therapist, how do you talk about it? In this clip from her 2020 Virtual Symposium talk, couples therapist and bestselling author Esther Perel shares how she's handling the anticipatory trauma of this time.

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Reflections on Remote Work with Clients

New Lessons on the Space Between Us

Maggie Mulqueen

By Maggie Mulqueen - As a therapist, I've always liked to work a certain way, in person, face to face in my cozy office. But when the coronavirus hit and I repurposed a guest bedroom into a makeshift office, I learned some surprising lessons about connecting with clients over video.

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