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    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Untying the Strings of Racism and Oppression

    with Compassion:

    Raising Awareness and Honoring Socio-Cultural Threads throughout Group Therapy

    Presented by B. Diggs Williams, MSW, LCSW

    and

    Vinny Dehili, PhD, CGP


    The theories at our disposal for therapeutic group work are colorblind. This may seem like a good thing, but it is not. The mental health industry (along with other industries) is based in a white, Eurocentric framework. This framework stigmatizes oppressed individuals rather than investigating and addressing the systems surrounding them. The recognized need to endure the pains of examining and processing the pervasive nature of our oppressive systems has increased. We seek to utilize this opportunity by highlighting the maladaptive socio-cultural context that is germane to our United States.

    We are all born into this world desiring unconditional love, care, and acceptance. Just as we do not blame a flower for not thriving in a drought, we seek to change the narrative from placing blame on the oppressed for their oppression. Through this training we seek to compassionately shed light on the covert cognitive and emotional strings of oppression and racism that suffocate us, the community of the United States. These strings serve as barriers to us unifying holistically and recognizing that our differences do not negate that we are interconnected. This is about claiming humanity and love and recognizing that we are all in this together. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss ways in which socio-cultural transference from systemic oppression impacts individual members within the group.
    2. Practice concrete, ethical methods to set a frame for discussions of diversity within group therapy to move towards non-discrimination.
    3. Review challenges of emotional avoidance that occur when discussing race in group therapy.
    4. Address feelings of shame ethically through self-disclosure and how to honor storytelling and personal narratives.
    5. Change the emotional narratives of at least 5 specific emotion states to ethically depersonalize blame and decrease defensiveness in racial dialogues.
    6. Identify several adaptations made to protect ourselves from recognizing the dehumanization of black people in the United States and its parallel impact on group process, with ethical ways to address these adaptations.

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    About our Presenters

    Brandon Diggs Williams, BSW, MSW, LCSW

    Mr. Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and currently works full-time at the Durham VA Medical Center (DVAMC). He provides individual, couples, and (primarily) group therapy through the VA. He received his Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2005 (UNCG), his Master of Social Work in 2012 (JMSW Program), and his clinical license in 2012. Mr. Williams carries a national certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression. He also specializes in personal/spiritual development, transformative thinking, and cultural competency with a focus on the Black community.

    Mr. Williams is involved in multiple efforts that contribute to ally-ship, diversity and inclusion, and anti-Black racism efforts at the departmental and facility level at the Durham VA. He created, developed, and facilitates “The Invisible Struggle” therapeutic group which focuses on providing clinical mental health care for veterans dealing with stress unique to Black people in America. He also serves on multiple boards/teams at the DVAMC including: The Antiracism and Black Equity Advisory Board, the Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup, and the Social Work Service Social Justice Committee. Mr. Williams has provided consultation to multiple levels of supervisors from entry level to the director of the Durham VA and the executive leadership team.

    Mr. Williams is a Racial Equity Institute Alumni, has participated in their Black and White caucuses, and continues to contribute to the cause of equity when possible. He has also created and leads a community organization called “Lion Tamers” that is dedicated to the holistic development of Black men. This development takes place mainly in “Sharpening Sessions” which are small groups held virtually (due to the pandemic) monthly. During these sessions focus is placed on education, fellowship, and general support.

    Dr. Vincent Malik Dehili, PhD, CGP

    Dr. Dehili pictureVincent Malik Dehili, PhD, CGP, is Group Coordinator and Licensed Psychologist at North Carolina State University. He is Consultation Coordinator with the College Counseling Special Interest Group of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Co-Chair of the AGPA Racial and Ethnic Diversity Special Interest Group and its Liaison to the AGPA Diversity and Equity Task Force. He is Vice President of the Florida Group Psychotherapy Society. He is a Professional Member of the American Psychological Association in Division 49 – Group Psychology. He serves on the American College Counseling Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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    Continuing Education Credit

    Wake AHEC will certify Contact Hours and CEUs for a $30 fee as follows, paid when you register. For Ethics credits; Wake AHEC stated "Participants will receive certificates noting the general Contact Hours and CEUs- we aren’t doing specialty credits so we won’t be noting any Ethics specific credit hours.  Most of the boards will accept the agenda noting the ethics topics (usually in the title) with the certificate." :

    Contact Hours Certificate
    Wake AHEC will provide 12.0 Contact Hours to participants.
    A participant must attend 100% of the program to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.
    “This program has NOT been approved for NBCC credits. However, you can submit up to 15 hours per 2-year renewal cycle of general contact hours, which these are.”

    CEU Certificate

    Wake AHEC will provide 1.2 CEU to participants upon completion of this activity.
    A participant must attend 100% of the program to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.

    If you select the $30 add on for a Certificate for Continuing Education Contact Hours or CEUs, you will receive an email with a link to register with Wake AHEC (at no additional cost) for the Certificate.

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    Workshop Agenda & Schedule

    Click this link to download the Workshop Agenda & Schedule:

    Final Schedule on Website - CGPS Untying the Strings DEI Workshop January 22-23, 2022.pdf

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    What to Expect at Our Workshops:

    Experiential Small Groups Explained

    What to Expect at a Workshop

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    Scholarships Available!

    We do not want financial circumstances to prevent you from participating.

    Please email your circumstances and what you feel you can afford to president.cgps@gmail.com.

    • 11 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • ONLINE
    Register

    Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy

    Presented by 

    Michele D. Ribeiro, EdD, ABPP, CGP, ABPP

    FREE to Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members.

    This 90 minute presentation will examine how to attend to social identities (e.g. race, gender, class, etc.) within our group membership and as leaders and how to navigate dynamics as a function of differences in power and positionality. We will also discuss particular importance of group therapist accountability in dismantling the invisibility of systemic privilege and domination.

    About the Presenter

    Michele D. Ribeiro completed her doctorate degree in counseling psychology in 2005 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with an emphasis in multicultural counseling and education. As a result, she has had a strong commitment to social and racial justice work, including examining dominance and dismantling systems of oppression. She is a licensed psychologist and group psychotherapist at Oregon State University’s Counseling Center, has a small private practice, facilitates a training group in group psychotherapy for psychiatry residents at a local hospital and is an adjunct instructor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon and Zanzibar University in Tanzania. She also previously was a national trainer for PESI, Inc., a continuing education company for mental health trainings, where she presented on utilizing mindfulness and yoga within clinical practice. She is board certified in psychology, a fellow with AGPA, and serves on the boards for AGPA and APA (specifically Div 49-Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy and Div 52-International Psychology). She has published two (co)edited books entitled: The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy (2018) and Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy: Knocking at the Boundaries (2020) by Routledge Press and a recent article in the American Journal of Psychotherapy, Intentional call to action: Mindfully discussing race in group psychotherapy (2021).

    Objectives

      Participants will be able to
      1.  1.) Describe how to attend to social identities (e.g. race, gender, class, etc.) within our group membership and as leaders,
      2. Describe how to navigate dynamics as a function of differences in power and positionality, and
      3. Discuss the particular importance of group therapist accountability in dismantling the invisibility of systemic privilege and domination.

        Certificate of Attendance

        A 1.5 hour attendance certificate documenting attendance will be provided. While these are not certified CE Contact Hours, for some licenses, our certificate verifying attendance would be sufficient.


        • 23 Apr 2022
        • 24 Apr 2022
        • 2 sessions
        • Online

        CGPS Presents:


        Frozen Psyche, Burning Earth:

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        Pervasive Trauma, the Psychodynamics of Climate Change and Ethically Leveraging Group Process to Save the Planet


        Presented by

        Benjamin White, LCSW, CGP


        This workshop will survey of the current state of climate psychology, highlighting psychodynamic theories and unconscious processes relevant to human-caused climate change and, in particular, to the ethical dilemmas in addressing it. Lecture, demonstration groups, discussion and small group process will provide a balanced didactic and experiential encounter, relevant to group and individual psychotherapeutic work, with this deeply important topic.

        Learning Objectives:

        1. Describe the current state of climate psychology,
        2. Summarize the psychological and emotional processes relevant to climate change,
        3. Identify unconscious processes that are relevant to human-caused climate change,
        4. Describe intersections between climate change, ethics and other social justice and professional ethics issues,
        5. Articulate their own emotional contribution to the issue of climate change,
        6. Identify ethical ways to improve the efficacy of climate engagement through the use of group interventions and processes.
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        About our Presenter

        Benjamin White, LCSW, CGP 

        Ben is a psychotherapist based in Colorado, with clinical licenses and virtual practices also in Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, Montana and New Hampshire. His 2015 paper in the journal Ecopsychology (“States of Emergency: Trauma and Climate Change,” (abstract at https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/eco.2015.0024) has been a foundation for the continued study of the role of trauma in addressing climate change and informs his regular training groups and presentations on the subject. He is a native of New York, an Outward Bound graduate, a former naturalist and a current Nordic ski instructor. He is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance North America, NASW, AGPA, and the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Association. Ben lives in Boulder County, Colorado with his wife, infant son and two dogs, all of whom spend a lot of time outdoors together.

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        Continuing Education Credit

        Wake AHEC will certify Contact Hours and CEUs for a $30 fee as follows, paid when you register. For Ethics credits; Wake AHEC stated "Participants will receive certificates noting the general Contact Hours and CEUs- we aren’t doing specialty credits so we won’t be noting any Ethics specific credit hours.  Most of the boards will accept the agenda noting the ethics topics (usually in the title) with the certificate." :

        Contact Hours Certificate
        Wake AHEC will provide 12.0 Contact Hours to participants.
        A participant must attend 100% of the program to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.

        National Board Certified Counselors Credit (NBCC):

        An application for co-sponsorship has been made to the National Board for Certified Counselors. Approval is pending.

        CEU Certificate

        Wake AHEC will provide 1.2 CEU to participants upon completion of this activity.
        A participant must attend 100% of the program to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.

        If you select the $30 add on for a Certificate for Continuing Education Contact Hours or CEUs, you will receive an email with a link to register with Wake AHEC (at no additional cost) for the Certificate.

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        Workshop Agenda & Schedule

        Click this link to download the Workshop Agenda & Schedule:

        Draft Schedule - CGPS "Frozen Psyche - Burning Earth" Online CGPS Workshop April 23-24, 2022

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        What to Expect at Our Workshops:

        Experiential Small Groups Explained

        What to Expect at a Workshop

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        Sliding Scale Registration Available!

        (Note: Certified CE Hours and Units are optional for an additional $30.)

        We do not want financial circumstances to prevent you from participating. We ask you to pay the amount you can afford from the following:

        Suggested registration levels are:

        Non-Member Professional Rate: $325.00, includes $75 Professional membership.

        Member Professional Rate: $250.00.

        Sliding Scale Professional Rate: $200.00.

        Sliding Scale Professional Rate: $150.00.

        Non-Member Student: $160.00, includes $35 Student Membership.

        Member Student: $125.00.

        Sliding Scale Professional & Student Rate: $100.00.

        Sliding Scale Professional & Student Rate: $50.00

        If you cannot afford the $50 Sliding Scale Fee, please email your circumstances and what you feel you can afford to president.cgps@gmail.com.

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