Clinical Connections: 7th Annual Fundraiser & CEU Event

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Philadelphia Ethical Society Building

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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Clinical Connections: Healing while Healing, from Talk to Walk (7th Annual Fundraiser and Continuing Education Event)

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Event: CE Event for Psychologists and Social Workers

Event Title: Clinical Connections: Healing while Healing, from Talk to Walk (Discourse on how to safeguard our clinical work from Implicit Bias and Racial Inequality)(Intermediate Level)


As a mental health professional, How do I counsel clients about the social and emotional assaults directed at their identities when I fear that I might have caused them in others? How do I gear my work to be anti-racist? How do I not microaggress when I am just learning what that means? How do I first do no harm? Questions like these can paralyze majority standing clinicians as they provide therapy to diverse populations. This event offers information, support, and guidance to clinicians who fear doing harm as they engage in reflections and initiatives necessary to address and overturn racist, genderist, and elitist systems. Voices of clinicians of inter-sectional experiences share their learning and strategies for reaching across difference, maintaining personal accountability, and ensuring that clients remain centralized in the clinical relationship.

Learning Objectives:

To highlight the ways in which clinician hesitancy and process can affect the clinical relationship

To offer strategies and practical efforts to strengthen the therapeutic alliance across difference

To amplify the knowledge and experiences of clinicians who have found success in engaging across difference

Event Date and Time: November 15, 2019, 9 am-12 pm (with a brief break)

Structure of the Event:

Networking Breakfast: 8 - 9 am (No CE’s Offered)

Keynote Speaker (90 minutes)

10 minute break

Panel Discussion (70 minutes): The panel will consist of 3 providers from different social identity locations to discuss the caveats and considerations of working across difference. All are experienced psychotherapists with ties to The Therapy Center of Philadelphia

Open Floor: Questions from the audience (20 minutes)

Keynote Speaker: Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW is currently an alumna of and Instructor at The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, Laura began her career as a direct practitioner with children, adolescents, and families at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For over ten years she developed her skills in HIV/AIDS specific care needs, case management, and high acuity hospital based social work practice, as well as psychotherapy.

Throughout her career, Laura has been engaged in practicing with diverse populations, providing both general therapeutic and trauma specific services for the children and adolescents, members of the LGBT community, for grieving parents who have lost their infants, and individuals facing homelessness. Ms. Hinds has taught at The University of Pennsylvania at the graduate School of Social Policy and Practice since 2007.

Laura has also authored and curated Bryn Mawr's School of Social Work and Social Policy's Post-Graduate Trauma Certificate. She is the Principal Partner of Hindsight Consulting Group, LLC- a company she founded in 2013 to support the learning and development needs of social service organizations.

Panelists Bio:

Kimberly Ashby, MA

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kimberly Ashby is a Black, queer, cis-woman psychotherapist, artist, activist, and doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Boston College. She received her M.A. in counseling theories from Boston College and her B.A. in psychology and comparative ethnic studies from Columbia University. Kimberly has provided psychotherapy and social justice/inclusion outreach and facilitation at a number of college counseling centers, including those at Drexel University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wellesley College, and Salem State University. Kimberly also has experience as a mental health case manager, working primarily with racial minorities and low-income populations with serious mental illness. Kimberly’s clinical interests include working with individuals and communities with marginalized racial, gender, and sexual identities. Kimberly has a number of clinical foci, including working with individuals processing identity development, individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma, particularly sexual violence, and individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, and relationship challenges. While Kimberly uses an integrative approach, drawing from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral perspectives, she identifies as a feminist, relational/cultural therapist who aims to form healing relationships and who thinks critically about the impact of systems of power and oppression on people’s lives. Kimberly has a background in facilitating various forms of outreach centered on social justice, anti-racism, racial identity, and mindfulness meditation.

Erin O’Brien, MA, LPC

Erin O’Brien is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters in Forensic Psychology. She identifies as a white, european/irish-american, queer, femme, cis-woman who is middle class with working class origins, able-bodied, spiritual, neurotypical, and first generation college educated. She was raised in Pitman, NJ and currently lives in Wilmington, DE with her partner and child. She believes in the importance of locating oneself in the therapeutic relationship so that there is transparency, authenticity, and an invitation to explicitly explore intersectionality throughout the healing journey as a core component to equity work. She has a private practice in Philadelphia where she integrates feminist, social justice, relational-cultural, intersectional, attachment science, interpersonal neurobiology, contextual, and trauma-informed approaches in her work with individuals, couples, and groups. She strives toward cocreating anti-racist, socially just relationships and her practice focuses on the impact of relational and systemic trauma, using tools such as EMDR and clinical hypnosis to reduce experiences of PTSD. She joined the Therapy Center of Philadelphia as a Psychotherapist in 2010 and became a Clinical Supervisor in 2013. She has taught courses on group psychotherapy and group dynamics at Drexel University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has over 15 years of clinical experience working across a range of settings including group practice, nonprofit, academic, corporate, residential, legal, and agency mental health.

Ellie Taylor, LSW

Ellie Taylor is a queer comic artist, arts educator, and licensed social worker who received their Master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. Ellie’s work has focused on harm reduction, creative expression and self-determination through psycho dynamic therapy. She is attentive to the roles that individuals, institutions and systems play in our lives and healing. Ellie is currently working at Inner Rhythms on Friday evenings through their position as Associate Therapist with Therapy Center of Philadelphia. Ellie’s pronouns are she and they.

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Continuing Education:

This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP). PSPP is the local Chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. This program is intended for mental health professionals of all experience levels and theoretical orientations. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.

Responsibility for Content:

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.

SPPP (Division 39) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPPP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Social Workers and Other Mental Health:

Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive 3 CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending SPPP/Division 39 approved programs.


ACT 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. If you need Act 48 credits, please be sure to bring your PPID number to the event. Act 48 credits are processed by SPPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.

Participant's Accessibility and Non-discrimination, and Ethics:

TCP, SPPP, (Division 39) are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to TCP staff at (215) 567-1111. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interests. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program's content.

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