Diversity Dialogue brought to you by your NADTA Diversity Committee:

Around the Dinner Table: White Therapists Confronting Racism and Bigotry in their Friends, Family Members, and Loved Ones

Tuesday, December 18th at 8PM EST/ 5 PM PST
With Lizzie McAdam
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The end of the year is often a time when we visit friends, family, and loved ones, and gather together to share meals, stories, and reflections on the year. As white people who are working to identify, understand, and combat white supremacy in all of its many forms, it is important for us to engage with people we know personally on all sides of the political spectrum. What do we do when racism and bigotry show up in our loved ones and in ourselves, both overtly and covertly? (As Robin DiAngelo points out in White Fragility, it is often white liberals who have the hardest time with confronting our own racism because it conflicts with our ideology!)

How do we engage in these difficult conversations when our white cultural codes tell us things like:

 “It’s not that big of a deal, I’ll just pass the potatoes to Aunt Fran and let it go.”


“There’s no use in talking to Grandpa because he’ll never change!”


“I’m trying to enjoy my holiday too, and if I bring this up it will just cause a big mess.”

Come join this conversation to sit in the mess, unpack why these conversations are so difficult, and examine several strategies and frameworks for engagement. Let’s embrace the discomfort together.

About the Facilitator

Lizzie McAdam, MA, RDT, LCAT (she/her/hers) is a registered drama therapist, educational consultant and adjunct faculty member at New York University. She has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, inpatient psychiatry, and outpatient treatment. Most recently she was the Associate Director of the ALIVE Program at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT, providing trauma-centered drama therapy services in both clinical and public school settings. She holds a master’s degree in drama therapy from New York University, as well as a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College. She is a member of the Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies think tank, a member of the board of directors of the Drama Therapy Review, and a graduate of the Institute for Arts in Psychotherapy. In 2012 she was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders to research the development of trauma treatment within creative arts therapy practices in Germany, Israel and the United States. Her clinical work and research focuses on the impact of trauma and systemic oppression on young people’s lives in public schools and using drama therapy to promote transformation and healing, young adult identity development, and LGBTQ identity work. As a former educator-turned-drama therapist, she works with students to connect their lived experience to their learning process.

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