SILENCES TO BE BROKEN:
Race, Culture, and Healing-Centered Supervision
The workshop will scaffold a clinical supervisor’s self-reflection and learning about culturally centered clinical practices and ways to explore salient sociocultural issues with supervisees. It will investigate a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective and use indigenous and cultural narratives to invite supervisees’ own cultural history, personal identities, and social contexts into the supervisory space. Questions and themes will include: What support is needed when supervisees have marginalized identities and are at higher risk of harm by institutional oppressions? What supports supervisees to make connections between their relevant identities, intrapsychic experience, relationship with their supervisor, and work with clients? How do supervisors observe their own language and behavior to identify cultural countertransference that disrupts the relationship with their supervisee? Cultural humility and reflective practice will be reviewed as tools to respond to enactments of racialized or intersectional trauma in the supervisory room and to consider the impacts of the supervisor’s unique power and positionality.
NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.
This workshop aims to enhance the awareness, knowledge, understanding, and skills for clinical supervisors with an emphasis on populations who are culturally diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability status, and national origin. Mental health clinicians who experience intersectionality, when multiple identities mix with systems of oppression and discrimination, are at higher disproportionate risk of mental, emotional, and physical injury within these systems. Educators, mentors, and clinical supervisors have a critical role to play with new clinicians: to embody cultural humility about diverse communities beyond their own, to encourage critical thinking to assess needs and meet the wishes of the disenfranchised communities, and to support exploration of one's own cultural identities as a building block in a professional identity. My methods for this workshop incorporate theory, practice, and knowledge exchange to explore challenges and envision integration of cultural and social justice frameworks into clinical canon, learning, and practice.
At the end of this event participants will be able to:
- Explain cultural countertransference in the supervisory relationship - including the impacts of racial and political trauma arising from current sociopolitical realities.
- Apply two tools within supervisory practice - Indigenous and Cultural Narrative and Location of Self - for exploring intersectionality within the intersubjective space of supervisor and supervisee and discussing sociocultural issues.
- Discuss cultural humility and reflective practice as supervisory ports of entry - facilitating brave spaces to explore sensitive clinical experiences and mitigate microaggressions.
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Shanta Jambotkar, LCSW, provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and mentorship with BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) and intersectional identified communities. She has a San Francisco-based private practice and works at a trauma specialty counseling clinic at UC Berkeley. She is an organizational consultant to behavioral health agencies and an educator at postgraduate clinical training programs.
This is an intermediate course for clinicians with moderate to advanced experience in clinical supervision, and some knowledge of cultural competence and psychoanalytic conceptualizations within mental health treatment.
LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for _ hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.
Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.