Expired The Ethic of Self Care: Combating Internalized Racism, Social Injustices, and Racial Oppression

Ethics, care, competency, and social justice mark a major step forward in our understanding of cultural diversity and racial oppression. Social justice informed service providers and mental health professionals seek to help, heal, and transform the world. This necessitates the acquisition of an extra layer of consciousness beyond the limits imposed by our socialization and the boundaries set by our professional fields. However, as social service and mental health providers of color, we constantly face our own internalized racism, as well as racial and culturally based challenges which limit our abilities for self-care and healing.

This presentation defines, examines and explores multiple ways that social justice, multicultural competency, and self of the therapist can interweave a new awareness impacting our social identities as well as our self-care choices. It will also examine how, from this position of heightened awareness, we can become more competent in facing social injustice and battle racial and cultural oppression.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn to define, examine, and challenge internalized racism inside and outside of the therapy room
  • To learn to identify and utilize personal strengths of BIPOC people to combat trauma and mental health challenges
  • To explore the ethics of self-care for therapists’ of color as an important force for facing social injustices


Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, LMFT is the systemwide couple and family therapy director and distinguished professor of marriage and family therapy at Alliant International University in California and a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than two decades of academic, research, and clinical experience. She is from Iran and identifies herself as a third wave feminist. Dr. Daneshpour’s main areas of research, publications, and presentations have been centered on issues of multiculturalism, social justice, postmodernism, third wave feminism, and premarital and marital relationships. She has been a keynote presenter for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, National Council of Family Relations, Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and many other organizations bringing the issues of social justice, ethics of care, gender and power, and multicultural competencies to the forefront of the social science field discourses.

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  • February 25, 2022
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, LMFT

3 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


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