This workshop applies a critical race theory framework to psychotherapy that pertain to the experience of being black in the US, highlighting blind spots in clinical training that we as practitioners may have, regardless of our therapeutic orientation or personal demographics. Travis Albritton will provide theoretical and historical context to explain why this is the case. He will then apply this framework to help us rethink what we are asking of clients and how we understand their responses, including how to approach racialized issues, engage with our assumptions and discomfort, and extend these practices beyond the therapy session.
Travis J Albritton, MSW, MDiv, PhD is the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Director of the Triangle Distance Education MSW Program; Faculty Liaison for the Dual Degree MSW/M.Div program and Clinical Associate Professor in the UNC School of Social Work. Dr. Albritton’s research focuses on critical race theory, diversity in higher education and improving educational outcomes for K-12 Black male students. Dr. Albritton teaches in the areas of human development, macro practice and diversity and social justice. Dr. Albritton has a passion for teaching and mentoring students and he has been recognized in the School of Social Work with the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the UNC School of Social Work Excellence in Advising Award and the UNC School of Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award.
At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Identify at least 1 concept from critical race theory that is relevant for psychotherapeutic work.
2. Identify and apply at least 2 practices, informed by critical race theory, in psychotherapeutic work with clients who are black and living in the context of the US.
3. Identify at least 1 assessment tool that measures perceptions of discrimination and oppression.
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UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work Clinical Lecture Series