Saturday, August 15, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Michele D. Ribeiro, EdD, CGP, FAGPA
Licensed Psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist
Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services
Private Practice. Corvallis, Oregon
This will be a video teleconference. More information will be sent after registration.
White supremacy culture and the effects of White nationalism in the United States and globally necessitates the call for therapists to self-reflect on their understanding of these dynamics and their interplay with clients and within the systems in which therapists work. The fields of counseling, psychology, and social work require a sharpening of approaches that includes examining racial affect, intersectionality, and allyship.
This workshop will use current scholarship including: the 2017 Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality; White fragility theory (DiAngelo); and Sue’s work on microinterventions. Participants will engage, through experiential learning and small group exercises, with topics of White fragility and privilege, White supremacy in psychological practice, and global racism, with the goal of increasing cultural humility and sensitivity.
Target Audience: Appropriate for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurses, Addiction Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals.
8:30 am-9:00 am Registration
9:00 am-10:30 am Interpersonal, Institutional and Structural Forms of Oppression; Examining Social Identities and Intersectionality
10:30-10:45 am 15 min break
10:45-12:15 pm White racial affect and distancing behaviors; Practical application and examination in our work as therapists
12:15 -12:30 pm 15 minute break
12:30-1:30 pm Microinterventions and the call to Social Justice, Allyship and Action
- Identify the phases of white identity development
- Define privilege, power, dominance, collusion and other concepts related to whiteness
- Identify how attendee’s personal processes regarding race/domination dynamics play out in therapeutic work
- Identify specific types of distancing behaviors and detours that can be experienced as microaggressions
- Identify uncomfortable thoughts and feelings related to White identity and internalized dominance within a group
- Identify at least two micro-interventions/corrective justice practices
Michele D. Ribeiro, EdD, CGP, FAGPA is a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist working at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, and conducts a private psychotherapy practice. She has been engaged in racial justice examination and practices professionally since 1993. She completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where her emphasis was on multicultural counseling and marginalization particularly related to race, nationality, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, and sexual orientation. She completed her dissertation work in South Africa looking at social identities as a result of immersion experiences and continued her investigation on Whiteness when coming to OSU in 2005.
Since 2011, Dr. Ribeiro has been on the faculty of Examining White Identity retreats for students, faculty and staff and has been presenting nationally on Whiteness and Diversity issues to mental health clinicians and university faculty and staff within counseling centers and student life for over ten years. She serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the American Group Psychotherapy Association and on the governing boards of APA’s Division 52, International Psychology; Division 49, Society of Group Psychology and Psychotherapy; and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Her second edited book will be out later this year entitled Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy: Knocking at the Boundaries by Routledge Press.