Diversity Dialogue brought to you by your NADTA Diversity Committee:

Build More Authentic and Sustainable Relationships with Your Clients of Color

Wednesday November 14th 8PM EST/ 5 PM PST
With Robin Schlenger and Kristen Brookes
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As therapists, we are always carrying with us the messages (implicit and explicit), values and codes of conduct that reflect and replicate white culture in various ways. We bring them with us into our interactions with our clients and others in our lives. As a white therapist, you may not realize the impact that your unconscious biases are having on your ability to connect deeply with your clients of color. It is imperative that you are aware of the effects of race, in the same way you need to be aware of the effects of transference and countertransference in your therapeutic relationships. Recognizing and unpacking these biases, values and norms is an essential step to having more authentic relationships with our clients of color and guiding us toward more healing and emancipatory therapeutic work.

In this dialogue we will begin to unpack our backpacks by reviewing  the concept of Internalized Racial Oppression and examine the ways that Internalized Racial Superiority and Internalized Racial Inferiority manifest in our relationships with our clients. This will be an opportunity for white therapists to uncover the ways in which their whiteness is influencing the therapeutic process. You will be challenged to lean into your growing edge and to work through any shame or guilt that comes out of the process.

About the Facilitators:

Robin Schlenger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor and Antiracist Consultant and Organizer with over 10 years of supervisory experience. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and SIFI certification from New York University and has been studying and using Psychodrama and Drama therapy for over 5 years. She was the Clinical Director for a local community based organization for several years before starting her own business.

Her experience includes providing clinical supervision with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens for social workers, creative arts therapists and licensed mental health counselors as well as having worked in psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic schools, children’s residential facilities, outpatient treatment centers, NYC public schools, private practice (individual and group therapy)

Robin continues to provide individual and group supervision with an antiracist/antioppressive focus and is currently a consultant with MPG Consulting, where she specializes in facilitating presentations, trainings and workshops that are rooted in restorative and anti-racist principles. She also serves on the leadership team of European Dissent (ED) which is an Affinity Group of The People's Institute of Survival and Beyond.  ED is a group of people of European descent who "dissent" from the ideology of white supremacy and organize together with other whites and people of color to undo racism.

Kristen Brookes, RDT, LCAT is a Registered Drama Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with 20 years experience in the field. She graduated with her  Masters degree in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Kristen has worked as a Site Director, Drama Therapist, and Clinical Counselor with ENACT, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), and Counseling in Schools (CIS). She has presented trainings and workshops at the North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (NADTA), Expressive Therapies Summit, Face To Face: Arts In Education Round Table, Water & Stone, Columbia University, and has provided professional development for a number of public schools and organizations throughout New York City. Kristen has a private practice in Brooklyn and offers professional supervision, training and consulting. Through all her roles, she uses an anti-oppressive, compassion-based lens to awaken possibilities and build community.

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