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White-Centeredness: Clinical Implications

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066


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Greater LA District

Presenter: Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D.

Description: The issue of diversity in clinical practice is broader than learning about race, cultures and ethnicities other than one’s own. It involves understanding the centrality of whiteness and how it permeates all clinical work, regardless of the race and ethnicity of the practitioners. Whiteness is particularly problematic for clinicians, in that they are more confluent with white cultural practices. All clinicians can benefit from understanding white centrality and its workings on all of us. One useful concept for deconstructing the centrality of whiteness is, “social location.” This concept will be explained and explored.

About the Presenter: Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D., lives in two psychotherapy worlds. She is co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute and also a Training and Supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She is co-author (with Rich Hycner), of The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Dialogic / Self Psychology Approach (1995). She and Hycner co-edited Relational Perspectives in Gestalt Therapy (2010). She has also written numerous articles for gestalt and for psychoanalytic publications. She has abiding interests in furthering our understanding of relational factors in the therapy process, and in understanding the centrality of Euro-ethnicity and its implications for clinical work.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define and identify social location and its implications for inclusive clinical engagement. 
  2. Participants will be able to identify white-centeredness in their thinking and that of others.

Location Information: 2045 S. Barrington Ave., LA, CA 90066 (ample metered street parking on Barrington Ave or Olympic Ave which has 4 hour meters.) On Barrington Ave between La Grange and Mississippi, one block north of Olympic and Ralph's

CEUs: 2.0 hours


Nadia Aquino | nadiaaquino89@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)

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