Beyond The White Gaze: A Sanctuary for Therapists of Color

This workshop will share ideas and findings generated by the Therapists of Color Consultation Project at the Ackerman Institute.  The training will address the impact of internalized racism on therapists of color, including the themes of learned voicelessness, “covering” (Yoshino, K. 2007), and shame. The project team will describe how this exploration creates a within-group sanctuary that allows for more generative conversations about race and racism, greater safety in sharing vulnerability, and the de-centering of whiteness.  This sanctuary empowers therapists of color to facilitate conversations on race and racism in clinical practice with families.

This workshop is designed exclusively for therapists who identify as people of color.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Experience the benefits of a within-group sanctuary
  • Gain awareness of the impact of internalized racism on the self of the therapist
  • Acquire skills critical to authentic anti-racist practice.


Julia Chan, LCSW is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the founder of the Therapists of Color Consultation Project.  In addition, she is an adjunct lecturer at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Julia maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn.


Walter Vega, LCSW is the Dean of Admissions and faculty at the Ackerman Institute.  He has worked in family prevention services and taught family therapy for over 10 years at Columbia University School of Social Work. Walter is currently an instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for students in the school’s SEEK Program. He has consulted for various organizations in NYC, including Good Shepherd Services, ACS, JCCA, and Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Walter maintains a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Marissa Moore, LMHC, 
is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute where she currently teaches an advanced clinical seminar. She is also a member of The Justice Project, a project that provides therapeutic support to families involved with or impacted by the criminal justice system. Marissa maintains a private practice in Brooklyn. Marissa practices meditation and mindfulness daily and brings this practice into her therapeutic work.


Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

Price Qty
Tuition $140.00 (USD)  

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If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111