Marlene Watson • Saturday Afternoon
location: suite 225E
While often unacknowledged, the black shadow—a mostly unconscious, deep-seated, and dysfunctional belief in black inferiority—is a powerful force shaping how African Americans think about themselves and perceive one another. This workshop will provide an intimate look at the ways black people struggle against this belief and the importance of addressing it in therapy.
Bring new insights to your work with African American clients by exploring:
- How raising the issue of race in therapy can expand the perspective of African American clients and help them reframe their personal narrative by connecting it to a larger story
- Strategies to help clients face the black shadow, transforming it from a force of shame and isolation into one of positive connection
- Techniques to ensure clients feel safe enough within the therapeutic relationship to reveal and face their shadow
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.