Talking Race and Racism

Conversations about race and racism in this country end too often when there is a chance to begin such dialogue, especially in cross-racial settings. At the same time, the dynamics of race and racism impact us in every facet of our lives. Aquilla Frederick, MBA. LCSW and Frank Wells, LCSW will support participants  in developing stronger clinical skills in cross-racial dialogues with colleagues and clients alike.

Specifically, as a cross-race faculty team, they will introduce participants to the language and foundations of the conversation about race and racism by sharing their experiences and strategies for engaging in difficult cross-racial dialogue.

Through a combination of lecture, reflective discussions, videotapes, and experiential exercises, participants will learn how to:

  • Explore ones social/racial identity
  • Examine the historical perspective of racism in the United States and the accompanying white power and privilege
  • Develop a greater understanding about everyday microaggressions and their impact on case conceptualization in treatment with clients
  • Enhance awareness of self of the therapist and its impact on the therapeutic process.

aquilla-frederickAquilla Frederick, MBA, LCSW, is on faculty at The Ackerman Institute, a private practitioner, and co-director of the Talk Race Group Project and Healing Oppressive Legacies Projects at Ackerman. She has authored and co-authored publications on mentoring trainees of color, and Black Girls and Suicidality. Aquilla received her MSW from New York University and completed her post graduate training in couple and family therapy at Ackerman. Her interest is in working with trauma and oppression in families of color. She previously worked as a psychiatric social worker/family therapist and produced public access television programs focusing on diversity and treatment modalities in psychotherapy for therapists of color. Aquilla also trains and presents on dialogue across race in multiple contexts. Before her career as a family therapist she was an adjunct faculty at CUNY teaching courses in accounting and finance. She has over 18 years of experience as an accounting/financial professional.

frank-wellsFrank Wells, LCSW, is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. He also practices family therapy as a Senior Family Therapist at the Freedom Institute outpatient substance treatment program in Midtown Manhattan and he maintains a private practice. As part of his teaching and work as co-director of the Talk Race Project at the Ackerman Institute, He has focused on introducing and enhancing approaches to addressing race, racism and microaggressions in training and in clinical practice. Additionally, Frank has experience in outpatient mental health treatment, and child welfare/preventive services.

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5

If you would like to mail or fax in your application form, download a printable application

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.

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