Let’s Face The Fact(or)s: Navigating Race in Groups Through Re-Examining Therapeutic Factors
Guest Presenter: Aziza Belcher Platt, PhD
Saturday, & Sunday, November 7-8, 2020
This event is co-sponsored by
The Washington School of Psychiatry
Conference Description: This conference, which is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and social workers, offers both didactic and experiential learning experiences to deepen attendees understanding of topical content in preparation for introducing the gained knowledge into their group work.
Dr. Aziza Belcher Platt has created a fall conference for MAGPS in response to current nationwide racial reckoning and community calls for healing and equity. Through various activities (i.e., presentations, discussions, small and large groups sessions, and small process group experiences) attendees will explore race in groups from the perspective of group therapists. The conference will focus on how group therapists can utilize the dynamics unique to group, the ever-present therapeutic factors, and one’s own full clinical repertoire, to navigate the gamut of racial-cultural events. Attendees will develop and strengthen their abilities and confidence in guiding their groups into racial-cultural exploration and through difficult racial-cultural interactions. Guided by professional ethics and social justice obligations, clinicians will: 1) Practice addressing the group climate; 2) Gain introspection into members’ racial-cultural identities, and, 3) Learn how to guide interracial/intercultural group interactions towards corrective experiences within the group. Ultimately, learnings from this conference will help practitioners, and by extension their group members, facilitate corrective experiences in their social groups, daily lives, and communities at -large.
The participants will be able to:
- Identify relevant ethical codes associated with addressing systemic oppression and creating inclusive and culturally responsive therapeutic encounters
- Analyze race and racism in individual and societal systems and extrapolate that to group therapy
- Identify the trajectories and outcomes of racial-cultural events in groups Use an understanding of the therapeutic factors to illuminate, facilitate, and resolve racial-cultural events within groups
- Apply a broad range of skills, strategies, and innovative practices to incorporate principles of social justice into their group work
- Identify performance and social anxiety and methods to address it; and,
- Demonstrate Increased self-knowledge and awareness of practitioner anxiety and coping mechanisms and how they may impact work with patients
About our Presenter
Dr. Aziza A. B. Platt is a licensed psychologist who provides culturally responsive individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment. She treats various concerns and specializes in racial-cultural issues, trauma, and grief. She was inspired to get into mental health to contribute to efforts to make therapy more acceptable, accessible, and affordable particularly for marginalized communities. Social justice and liberation are an indelible part of her work. For patients, she aims to eliminate barriers, structural and otherwise, to seeking and receiving quality and culturally competent mental health care, especially for underrepresented and under-served communities. As a practitioner, she strives to help the field and practitioners become increasingly more culturally aware and responsive. As a scientist, she focuses on health disparities and evidence-based research to inform culturally responsive clinical practice. She hopes to integrate the skills from her previous career as a software developer into her psychological endeavors.
For more information please contact Karen Eberwein & Chris Straley, Conference Co-Chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.