Navigating "isms" in professional practice: Integrating Social Justice and Compassion in Difficult Conversations
With Charmain Jackman, PhD
Given today's socio-political climate, mental health professionals, now more than ever, need to skillfully and compassionately address topics of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and other "isms" and “obias” that come up in the therapy, supervision, academia, and other professional settings. Whether working with clients who have experienced discrimination or with clients who express offensive or phobic comments in session, therapists must consider client factors (e.g., treatment goals, client functioning, developmental level), the therapeutic relationship, and therapist factors (e.g., theoretical orientation, level of cultural competence) when addressing these challenging topics. During this session, Dr. Jackman will use case studies to explore strategies for navigating potential pitfalls in calling out “isms”; will discuss how to create compassionate spaces for difficult conversations, and will address the importance of allyship in integrating a social justice lens into professional practice.
At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1. Define key terms relevant to social justice and mental health such as micro-aggressions, implicit bias, discrimination, allyship, upstander, and privilege.
2. Identify 3 positive strategies to addressing “isms” in therapy and professional practice.
3. Identify one action step to create compassionate spaces for difficult conversations in professional practice.
Dr. Jackman is a licensed psychologist of Barbadian heritage, who trained at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jackman is the CEO of InnoPsych, Inc., an organization geared to addressing disparities in mental health. Dr. Jackman leads professional trainings and consultations on many topics including diversity, equity, & inclusion and is actively engaged in shaping the conversation about social justice and mental health.
Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses.
Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits available for $30.
Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
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