Psychotherapy and Social Justice: A Dialogue on Othering and Belonging

Event

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Note: The location will now be at: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612 

For Immediate Release

Psychotherapy and Social Justice: A Dialogue on Othering and Belonging

Berkeley, CA./On Saturday, October 29, The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley continues its education series on the effects of race in clinical settings with a symposium featuring Professor john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. Additional panelists include Bay Area psychotherapists Dr. Regina Shields and Dr. Diane Swirsky.

“Race is a little bit like gravity,” says john a. powell: “experienced by all, understood by the few.” Culled from a decade of writing about social justice and spirituality, Professor powell will share his ideas on race and identity. He will focus on ‘othering and belonging’ as a framework for exploring core mind science concepts such as implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat.

The discussion will be held at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley at 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00am to 3:15pm. Continuing Education units are available. Additional information and registration is available at http://www.tpi-berkeley.org.

Professor john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. Formerly, he directed the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to racialized spaces in education, health, health care, and employment. He is the author of Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

Regina Shields, PhD, MFT, has a private practice in Oakland where she treats children, adolescents and adults. She has taught and/or supervised at TPI, Access Institute, Ann Martin Children’s Center, and the Wright Institute. Dr. Shields was one of the co-founders of the Bay Area Black Mental Health Professionals Network.

Diane Swirsky, PhD, provides psychotherapy and consultation in Oakland. She is on faculty at TPI and is a past president of NCSPP. She has taught widely in the bay area, particularly in the field of trauma, and is a participant in the New Directions Writing Program at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.

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Media Contact:
K. Sue Duncan, MFT
510-548-4407
ksduncan@tpi-berkeley.org

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About The Psychotherapy Institute: For over 40 years, The Psychotherapy Institute has provided affordable psychotherapy to San Francisco Bay Area residents as well as continuing education and advanced training to psychotherapists. The Psychotherapy Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has grown to a membership of more than 400 clinicians and is recognized as one of the psychotherapy community’s finest education and training organizations.

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