In the Beginning: A Workshop Towards Equitable and Anti-Racist Assessment (GSEP Webinar Series)

In the Beginning: A Workshop Towards Equitable and Anti-Racist Assessment (GSEP Webinar Series)

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When:  Sep 25, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
In the Beginning: A Workshop Towards Equitable and Anti-Racist Assessment

This webinar will explore the initial phase of clinical assessment through the lens of racial equity and the ongoing impact of white supremacy and oppression on our initial alliance building with clients. Participants will examine aspects of their own assessment procedures and potential ways to engage in more equitable relationship building from the beginning of the therapeutic experience. Implications for the initial assessment phase of therapy as well as treatment planning and documentation will be discussed. Specific focus will be directed towards how to create sustainable shifts towards a more equitable clinical practice.

1. Participants will identify and discuss examples of racism and oppressive language in their own initial assessment of clients.
2. Participants will examine potential strategies to implement more equitable alliance building at the beginning of the therapeutic relationship.
3. Participants will explore ways to sustain more equitable clinical practices within the assessment phase and throughout the therapeutic experience.

Presenter: Taylor Ariel Pettway, AMFT

Taylor Ariel Pettway is a home-based foster and adoptive family clinician, a marriage and family therapist in private practice in the South Loop of downtown Chicago, and recently became the Director of the Internship Clinic at the Chicago Center for Relationship Counseling. She also serves as a diversity and inclusion consultant department in the Child Welfare department at JCFS Chicago and is currently researching the impact of intergenerational trauma on African American couples and families, having been published in 2018 in the Encyclopedia for Couple and Family Therapy.

Taylor holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Creative Writing from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia as well as her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Uniquely, Taylor is also certified by the Alabama Department of Education in Secondary English Language Arts Education, grades six through 12 and seeks to utilize her unique set of skills, nestled in between teaching and therapy, in service of the world.

Through the lens of self-awareness and narrative telling, Taylor promotes the healing of diverse populations, such as children from infancy to 18, unmarried and married couples, co-parents, single-parent families, and other extended families struggling through a myriad of life transitions. Specifically, her areas of clinical focus include parenting and family sculpting with blended and single-parent families, communities of color, intergenerational trauma, systemic racism and oppression, mindfulness body practices, relational conflict, and men and women’s issues.

Current AMHCA Student and Professional Associate Members: FREE
Current AMHCA Members in Other Categories: $10
Non-Members: $20

AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE for this webinar to all attendees who are registered and attend for 45 minutes or longer. Attendees must view the presentation using the GoToWebinar application on their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Attendance will not be counted for those dialing in by telephone only. American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. More provider information can be found here. All sales are final - webinar registrations are non-refundable.


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