When you’re working with mixed-race couples, how comfortable are you talking about race in session? Do you have the words and understanding to help these couples with issues specific to race? Whatever our own background, as therapists we need to be able to encourage and support these crucial conversations. In this workshop, you will learn how to:
- Identify when mixed-race couples are struggling with micro-aggressive and micro-invalidating behaviors
- Break the “code of silence” around race and racism in the therapeutic relationship, supporting each partner’s experience while holding space for the differences
- Address the two ways couples often cope in mixed-race relationships: “race doesn’t matter” or “you don’t understand”
- Explore your own implicit bias and historical experience addressing race within the therapeutic relationship
Note: Fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of MFT at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Corey Yeager, PhD, LMFT, is the team psychotherapist with the Detroit Pistons. They’re both contributors to Relationship Reboot, a weekly segment on WCCO TV’s MidMorning show in Minneapolis.