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A Self-Inquiry Into Race Socialization & Internalized Whiteness: For Therapists Treating Racial Trauma Among BIPOC Clients

About the Course

Throughout our own development, we have been exposed to direct and indirect messages about race, racism and our own racial identity, contributing to our own race socialization. Embedded in these messages is white supremacy culture which can show up consciously and unconsciously, causing harm in our clinical work. This workshop will specifically focus on aspects of white supremacy culture to help therapists explore their own race socialization and various forms of internalized ‘whiteness’. Dr. Fatter will discuss clinical examples of ways ‘whiteness’ can show up relationally in clinical settings, in the therapeutic relationship and in the group relational field. Dr. Fatter will also examine how to address racial identity with clients and ways to assess for racial trauma. Treatment considerations when providing trauma processing to BIPOC clients on racial trauma will be discussed, including relational dynamics that can emerge specifically as a white therapist. Dr. Fatter will address common reactions that specifically white therapists can express when faced with race-based stress. Dr. Fatter will also provide examples of how to do a relational repair when harm has been caused. Case examples and practice vignettes will be used regarding treating racial trauma. Dr. Fatter will guide experiential exercises for self-reflection and self-examination to build our own stamina in order to effectively and therapeutically serve our BIPOC clients. This will include exercises on one’s social location, becoming more aware of what parts show up for you as a therapist when addressing racial trauma, and ways to attend to our own body’s response when faced with race-based stress. Ways to practice from an anti-racist framework with cultural humility will be discussed.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, A Self-Inquiry Into Race Socialization & Internalized Whiteness: For Therapists Treating Racial Trauma Among BIPOC Clients created by Daphne Fatter in 2022.

Publication Date:

1st Edition Sep 2022

Course Material Author

Daphne M. Fatter, Ph.D., course creator

Daphne Fatter, Ph.D. is a mid-career psychologist, certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, and clinical IFS consultant. She is also certified in EMDR and has completed advanced training in Cognitive Processing Therapy. She draws on her background in transpersonal psychology, and clinical work with traumatic memory, grief, and attachment wounds to guide training and professional development for mental health providers internationally. She was awarded her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Trauma Center, an affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, under the direct supervision of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD. She is the former Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She is currently in private practice in Dallas, Texas and practices from an anti-racist, queer-inclusive, and culturally mindful framework.

Disclosures She receives recording royalties for this presentation.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify aspects of white supremacy culture.
  2. Discuss ways ‘whiteness’ shows up relationally.
  3. Describe how to set up a repair contract in the therapeutic relationship.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103263
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