An intensive primer on courageous action inside and beyond the session that builds trust, transforms behavior, and mends racial, ethnic, and cultural divides.
Date and Time: February 10, 2022 | 10:00am-2:30pm
CE Credit: 4 CE
At its core, psychotherapy involves a relationship between two people. How the therapist shows up in this relationship affects trust and vulnerability – the basis for authentic and transformative work regardless of one’s therapeutic orientation. Yet clients and therapists can both struggle to maintain authenticity, particularly clients whose core experiences have been dismissed or otherwise invalidated. This risk is compounded by the fact that we are all relating within the context of intergenerational racism. When uncomfortable, therapists may focus on their expertise and client symptoms rather than being vulnerable.
Drs. Monnica Williams and Chad Wetterneck will draw from functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), which teaches skills to establish intense and curative relationships through authenticity. FAP focuses on the “here and now” and attends to moment-to-moment interactions as they enfold as the central driver of change inside and beyond the session. Research has shown FAP to enhance trust and vulnerability, including in interracial dyads, resulting in deeper connection, fewer micro-aggressions, and more robust therapeutic change. The trainers will teach, model, and invite participants to experiment with FAP techniques within an explicitly anti-oppressive framework.
The workshop will include a mix of didactic material, experiential practice, real-play demonstrations between trainers and possibly between a trainer and participant, and time for sharing, processing and discussion. Through a series of exercises and interactions with one another, participants will practice taking risks—through reciprocal exchanges of vulnerability and responsiveness, empathy, statements of caring, and self-disclosure—to be more fully aligned with their values. These experiential activities aim to increase participants’ awareness of their genuine self, and, in parallel, teach them to apply these exercises in clinical work. This training promotes personal and professional growth both, in the service of guiding decisions for clients with diverse histories and issues. In this workshop, creativity, diversity, courage, collaboration, questioning, and risk-taking are all valued and encouraged.
Meet the Presenters:
Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities, and the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC in Tolland, Connecticut. She is a leading expert in race-based stress and trauma, an authority on obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was named one of the top 25 thought leaders in PTSD. She is an active practitioner, licensed in the US and Canada, along with an Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate, and has founded clinics in Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her practice includes functional analytic psychotherapy and prolonged exposure, and she researches and practices culturally-informed treatment adaptations that also target racism-related trauma. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, with research funded by the National Institutes of Health and other competitive grants. She teaches courses on multicultural psychology, psychopathology, and multicultural counseling skills; speaks and trains nationally; and works with organizations and business to improve the racial climate, increase cultural competence, and reduce racism. She contributes to public scientific discourse, through media contributions to PBS, CTV, NPR, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Slate. She maintains a blog on Psychology Today called Culturally Speaking. She also serves on national boards for organizations, including NAMI, and has served as a diversity council member for numerous associations.
Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D. is a certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) trainer and gives workshops and trainings internationally. He is currently an adjunct professor in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, where he trains graduate students, and a supervisor and practitioner at Rogers Behavioral health. He received six years of training at leading OCD residential/inpatient treatment programs, Rogers Memorial Hospital and the Menninger Clinic, and specializes in PTSD, OCD, and other related conditions, including Tourette’s Syndrome and compulsive hair-pulling (trichotillomania). Dr. Wetterneck developed and oversees the intensive and partial hospitalization programs for PTSD and works to make their services more inclusive. He has authored over 75 scientific articles on mental health issues and has been awarding for his teaching. He is a professional member of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Diversity Council of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
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