"Sometime between the years 2030 and 2050 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) will become a numerical majority in society. It will become increasingly difficult for mental health professionals, and educators not to encounter clients and students who differ from them in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. Difficult dialogues on race and other sociodemographic identities (gender, sexual orientation or identity) have often served to polarize and obstruct mutual understanding rather than to clarify and increase mutual understanding. Most well intentioned people (mental health providers, educators and others) find themselves ill prepared to deal with the often-explosive race or gender related emotions that manifest themselves in interpersonal interactions and in employment and other public spaces.
In this presentation, Dr. Helen Neville will present the Psychology of Radical Healing framework. The heuristic is designed to describe the ways in which Black, Indigenous, and People of Color engage in individual and collective healing from identity based wounds. She will focus her discussion on the dimension of radical hope. After highlighting research findings, she will describe current interventions that promote specific aspects of radical healing. Specific practice recommendations will be offered.
Latina women tend to be stereotyped as fiery and fierce, yet the quality that consistently shines through is strength. Latinas continue to demonstrate their resilience and fortitude in every discipline and field such as science, the arts, law, politics, and of course, in their personal lives. Contemporary Latinas are moving beyond the expected roles rooted in propriety and appearances, and towards the empowered and inspiring women they are, expressing self-determination and leadership in many contexts. At the same time, there is the angst of finding, managing multiple identities, and responding to pulls from different corners of life. Familismo emphasizes on a strong family unit and Marianismo emphasizes purity, self-sacrifice, and nurturance of others. These internalized expectations can create internal struggles at key developmental decision-making points in life.
Immigrants are achievers though often seen though a deficit lens. Multiple studies point to their dire decisions and persistence based on hope and a collectivistic orientation. If they succeed, others do.
Milton Erickson a menudo aconsejaba a los estudiantes de psicoterapia que estudiaran antropología para que la terapia pudiera proporcionarse desde la perspectiva del trasfondo cultural del cliente. En el video, Erickson usa su comprensión de la orientación cultural cuando trabaja con un adolescente donde el problema que se presenta es un defecto del habla. Este es un caso muy informativo del uso de procesos estratégicos y sistémicos que se pueden aplicar a otros problemas presentes.
The emotional mystique between gay sons and their mothers has long been unexplored, but now new evidence suggests that a mother’s response to her son’s sexuality isn’t the only factor in his future success. How she nurtures him based on his interests, rather than his sexual preferences, is key, especially in a society with narrow definitions of masculinity.
Much of this Workshop will address issues of culture, race, sexual orientation, diversity and social justice and equality, etc. A major premise is the idea that all therapy is multicultural therapy. This means that every client brings to therapy a unique world and therefore the challenge for every therapy is for the therapist to be able to enter the unique world of each client. This therapy method is especially adept at working with cultural differences as it is highly adaptable and therefore able to work within the unique world of the client.
In Turkey I had the opportunity to research the resources about Sufism (for example Rumi is the most well known sufi in the world and he lived in Turkey) and I studied it both as a student and as a therapist about 15 years. Sufism has actually two big steps. Understanding yourself and life first by mind than by heart. While I was creating the Optimum Balance Model (OBM) I think I did the first part. During this conversation I'll try to explain steps of the inner journey of a Sufi, I'll share my experiences and the story of how they try to tame their Ego.
This workshop emphasizes ways culture and religion can be integrated into the therapeutic discourse through the promotion of intercultural resiliency. Interculturalism allows for relationship building and learning from each other while taking the therapist deeper than multicultural or cross-cultural communication. Resiliency as a healing process allows for creating new meanings to unfortunate life events based on developing the self through mentorship and community, the building blocks of resiliency.