Couplehood in the Context of Reentry
Every one of the 7 million U.S. citizens living under correctional control (incarceration, parole, probation) is known to someone as “family,” yet as a nation, we insist on understanding them as only as individuals, “criminals” with character defects and moral failings. From these understandings, their struggles with reentry as individual dilemmas and pose solutions that ignore the critical role the support of family members plays in our efforts to build a life. The JUSTICE Project (Joining Families & Uniting Systems That Impact Communities & the Excarcerated) aims to strengthen the relationships that offer this kind of support.
Over the last three years, the JUSTICE Project has have been inspired to practice several “ways of being” with families that have known the experience of being surveilled and judged – inviting them instead to the experience of being witnessed and compassionately understood.
In this workshop, the JUSTICE Project will share reflections on several relational experiences specific to couplehood in the context of reentry after incarceration. They will discuss some of the practices they have found helpful in their work with families navigating the impact of the criminal justice system on their lives and subverting the dehumanizing influence of incarceration.
Participants will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of and sensitivity to the impact of justice involvement in relationships, and develop their ability to nurture the relational capacity of couples navigating the enduring stress of stigma and traumatic experience.
- Identify some of the ways the context of reentry informs couplehood following incarceration
- Engage therapeutic dialogue to explicitly acknowledge and attend to the impact(s) of systems of oppression on relationships
- Identify practices, including Location of Self, that honor complexity and promote possibilities for collective healing
Sarah Berland, LCSW, is a member of the JUSTICE Project and faculty at Ackerman. Sarah also co-facilitates the Ackerman Coalition of White Identified Trainees and serves as the Chair of the Family Policy and Human Rights Committee of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). She maintains a private practice in New York City.
Courtney Zazzali, LCSW, is a member of the JUSTICE Project and faculty at Ackerman. Courtney also co-facilitates the Ackerman Coalition of White Identified Trainees and has provided workshops and community trainings with Ackerman’s Adolescent Project. She maintains a private practice in New York City.
Marissa Moore, LMHC, is a member of the JUSTICE Project and faculty at Ackerman. Marissa also is a member of Ackerman’s Therapists of Color Consultation Project, providing workshops for therapists of color. She maintains a private practice in New York City.
Date / Time:
Friday, October 12, 2018
10:00 am–4:00 pm
5 CE Contact Hours
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Alumni of the Ackerman Externship Program and all current Ackerman trainees are eligible for discounted workshop tuition. Please contact the Training Department to register.