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GPALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018 - Callin’ in Race: Finding Words, Finding Cour...

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American Jewish University

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GPALA Presents: 2018 Annual 2-Day Conference

Callin' In Race: Finding Words, Finding Courage in Group

Presented by Christine Schmidt and Rudy Lucas

Course Description:

Racism in the United States is uniquely structured in such a way that inequities based on the spurious notion of visible ethnic/racial difference are woven into the fabric of our society. Racism impacts our relationships, often beyond our awareness. Internalized racial oppression heightens our differences, yet we yearn for connection with others to heal personal and societal ills. As social beings, we are drawn to groups whether in therapeutic settings or communities.

This conference will offer group leaders an opportunity to learn how our racial identities are consciously and unconsciously transformed through personal interactions. Group leaders nourish responsive groups by being able to identify and respond to colorblindness, racially encoded dog whistle language and micro-aggressions with honesty and openness. Once limiting racial taboos are spoken aloud they lose their toxicity. As we expand our skills about racial dynamics, we confidently foster cohesion in groups by making space for every member to be visible and heard.

Each person attending the Conference participates in a small group experience that meets three times over the course of the two days and is led by an experienced senior member of GPALA. The purpose of this activity is to provide everyone an in vivo group experience, reminding us of our clients’ position as group members and to expose us to a different style of group facilitation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this conference each participant will:

1. Explain the historical significance of US racism that is re-enacted in groups
2. Identify ethical challenges in speaking out about race and racism
3. Describe dynamics of racial identity development for White people and People of Color
4. Explain how visibility/invisibility is the critical racial dynamic in micro-aggressions
5. Engage in intra-racial and cross-racial dialogue with greater awareness of one’s own racial identity
6. Challenge racial tensions in therapeutic and community groups

TIME DETAILS

Check-in: Friday April 27, 2018, 1:30 -2:00 p.m.
Friday April 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Participants MUST attend both days for the ENTIRE time.

This course meets the educational requirement for certification by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. (For more information on becoming a CGP, visit www.agpa.org

12 CEUs will be given for attendance.

Important Disclosure for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Psychologists: The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs. GPALA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for attendees to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.

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What is the refund policy?

REFUND POLICY: GPALA will refund the course tuition, if requested in writing via email (to:lkennygpala@gmail.com) within 2 weeks from the conference start date.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are given to both members and non-members of GPALA for this Annual Conference. Funds tend to be limited, so we cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a scholarship. Application deadline is 3 weeks prior to event. Click here to apply: http://gpala.org/scholarship-fund-application/

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