Power and Privilege in the Therapy Office (4 CEs)


Presenter: Shadeen Francis, LMFT
Our professional roles do not negate the impact of our social identities in the clinical office. Power and privilege are inherent and often under-acknowledged aspects of our relationships, including the ones we hold with our clients. Even the most well-meaning clinicians can fail to adequately address the ways identities like race, religion, gender, and orientation impact our work. As the nation rallies for long-overdue systemic change, we too must be held accountable to practicing equity and justice. This workshop is for anyone wanting to further explore the relevance of social identity on the therapeutic relationship, anyone interested in learning new ways of addressing power imbalances in their therapeutic practice, and anyone that is questioning how to use their privilege to empower the clients they seek to support.


Learning objectives
1)    Discuss the relationship between their social locations and their clinical practice
2)    Describe the structural differences between various social justice aims, such as inclusivity, equity, and equality in the field of sexuality
3)    Contrast their current therapeutic practices with selected non-Western healing models
4)    Apply two implementable strategies to incorporate identity-consciousness into their ongoing work with clients and stakeholders
5)    Develop an analysis of the intersections of therapy and politics in order to create a personal framework for justice