Social Location in Therapy: Opening the Door and Going In Webinar

Co-sponsored with the Family Process Institute and the Ackerman Institute for the Family


This webinar will focus on the process of location of self (LOS) in therapy, its foundational assumptions, the fears and hesitation about doing so, and the risks of not doing so.  It will address how the therapist can make LOS a part of an overall approach to therapy, mindful of how oppression can show up in the room and engaging clients in a reflective process about this, allowing therapist and client to think about how they want to position themselves vis a vis their privilege or subjugation.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn:

    1. Reasons to/potential benefits of engaging in location of self of the therapist and of clients
    2. Fears about locating self as therapist, when to honor, when to go past
    3. A how-to process of location of self as therapists as a prelim to dialogue about the similarities and differences in social location between therapist and clients
    4. Themes of privilege and subjugation that can show up in the therapy room
    5. Questions that can aid in engaging in location of self and reflection on how systemic oppression, tied to but broader than social location, is implicated in relational practices and distress

thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and faculty member at Ackerman Institute since 1995. Currently, in addition to her Ackerman affiliation, Dr. Watts-Jones is employed as a Health and Hospitals Corporation Psychologist II in the Bronx Family Court, maintains a private practice in New Rochelle, NY, and is affiliated with the Women of Color Family Therapists’ Group, focused on difficult conversations about various forms of oppression. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Social Work, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Family Process on stress and African-American women, mentoring trainees of color, and addressing issues of social location, oppression and internalized oppression in treatment with populations of color.





Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:00 ET
Tuition: $40 for 1.5 CEU Credits, $25 for general admission, $150 for group registration (please note that CEUs are not available in group registration)
Credits: 1.5 CEU Credits

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

If you would like to apply online, click below.

Price Qty
Registration without CEU Credits $25.00 (USD)  
Registration for 1.5 CEU Credits $40.00 (USD)  

If you have any questions, please contact the Training Department directly.

Damaly Ferreira
Phone: 212-879-4900

(This webinar is part of a series co-sponsored with the Family Process Institute. Please check back for more listings to come.)

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