A Pathway to Dialogue
Unconscious attitudes can often become unspoken barriers between whites and blacks, and the consulting room setting is no different from any other. This session will provide an honest, intimate look at the importance of addressing race issues in the treatment room. We’ll explore:
- Specific strategies for helping whites and blacks understand each other’s mindsets, including unearthing unrecognized biases stemming from differing economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
- Ways to gauge the impact of the Black Shadow—a mostly unconscious, deep-seated, and dysfunctional belief in black inferiority that shapes how African Americans think about themselves and perceive one another
- How raising the issue of race in therapy can expand the perspective of African American clients and help them reframe their personal narrative
Marlene Watson, PhD, LMFT, is an associate professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She’s the author of the e-book Facing the Black Shadow.