When: Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 2020, 12-3:15pm EDT
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Bukky Kolawole, PsyD
Rates: Full Rate – $175; Early Bird Rate before 9/11 – $150; Student/Agency Clinicians* Full Rate – $125; Student/Agency Clinicians* Early Bird Rate before 9/11 – $110; Equity Rate** available (choose your own price)
Additional Rate for CEs: $20
CEs: 6 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists

Race is a social construct that serves as an organizing force in our society and has radical implications for us all. Whether or not we acknowledge it, clinicians are racial beings living in a society where race matters. It matters in our personal lives, it matters in our professional lives, and it matters when we are in our therapy room with clients. Whether consciously or unconsciously, our racial identity influences how we show up in our therapy room, what choices we make in our interventions and how we are seen by our clients. Unfortunately, because it has been socially sanctioned to avoid talking about race, many clinicians have not built up their capacity to consider how race matters personally or professionally, and speak less of talking about race or utilizing a racially conscious lens in their work.

Because the self-of-the-therapist is a critically important instrument in mental health treatment, this workshop offers clinicians an opportunity to begin to look inward and tune themselves as the instrument. This virtual, highly engaging, interactive experience focuses on introducing therapists to a foundational tool for building their capacity to engage in conversations about race, and ultimately center racial consciousness and intersectional equity in their personal and professional relationships. While honoring the vulnerability of talking about race, participants will be guided through a journey of considering how race and intersectionality matter, in context of their own racial identity, using exercises as well as small and large group discussions.

Participants will:

  1. List the three stages of the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ (RCC) tool
  2. Utilize the RCC tool to examine how race matters in their personal and professional lives
  3. Utilize the RCC tool to examine how race and power matters in their professional role/capacity
  4. Identify their personal stage of racial identity development
  5. Apply the RCC tool to assess the extent to which their practice of psychotherapy provides a space to match the racial needs of their clients
  6. Discuss ways in which the racial status quo is maintained in the professional practice of psychotherapy/mental health and what interruption of the status quo could look like

12-1pm Presentation on the components of the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ (RCC) tool
1-1:20pm Dyadic exercise
1:20-1:30pm Debriefing from the exercise
1:30-1:45pm Break
1:45-2:15pm Stages of racial consciousness
2-2:45pm Dyadic exercise
2:45-3:15pm Group sharing and discussion

12-12:30pm Application of the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ (RCC) tool
12:30-1:15pm First facilitated group discussion
1:15-1:30pm Larger Group sharing
1:30-1:45pm Break
1:45-2pm Instructions for the second group discussion
2-2:45pm Second facilitated group discussion
2:45-3:15pm Larger group sharing, final remarks




Dr. Bukky Kolawole is a Black, queer, gender non-conforming person and the founder and executive director of Relationship HQ. Her* purpose is to boldly disrupt systems of oppression with love so that we can all show up in the fullness of our humanity, i.e. with authenticity and vulnerability. She* is committed to helping therapists develop their racial consciousness so they can better serve all clients and not just a subset of clients (i.e. clients with privileged identities).

As a trainer, Dr. Bukky is dedicated to the design and delivery of dynamic, evocative learning experiences in which participants increase their knowledge and skills while feeling emotionally engaged through the learning process. Her* unique training style is culturally informed, emotionally engaging and captivating of participants’ hearts and minds. The combination of her* passion for teaching, unique training style and the emotionally-attuned environment she intentionally creates sets her* apart from other trainers. Dr. Bukky is a certified EFT therapist and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Read more about Dr. Bukky on her* website.

*Agency Clinician/Student Rate: We offer this discounted rate to enable students and clinicians working in community mental health settings on a full-time basis to be able to participate. Group practices are not eligible.

**Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants with historical/institutional barriers to access. Please choose equity pricing only if you are a member of one or more historically marginalized communities.

This activity is approved by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education.

Continuing Education Credit is approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Psychologists:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Social Workers:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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