Bringing Voices of Color to the World: Writing for Publication

Writing gives voice. It witnesses. In the doing, we clarify what we think, what we feel and want to say. It is a gift we give ourselves, and in publication, a gift we offer to the larger world. This course is for family therapists of color who want to bring to print their perspectives, experiences, and work in family therapy training and practice in peer-reviewed journals, popular media, or on professional websites, Writing focused on cultural sensitivity and healing from social injustice is particularly encouraged.

Participants in this course will be expected to write between classes and produce original or revised writing every month. Course methods will include writing prompts, peer and course leader feedback, identification of an author whose writing appeals to participants, and minimal didactic.

In advance of the course, participants should identify a particular focus or topics for their writing. At the end of the course, it is expected that two or more short pieces will be ready for submission or online presentation. Participants writing longer articles should expect to have made substantial progress towards a completed manuscript or completed such for publication.

This course is exclusively for family therapists who identify as people of color.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the steps generally involved in the writing for the submission process
  • Organize and re-organize a manuscript as new understanding emerges
  • Identify obstacles to writing and strategies to overcome


thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, PhD is on the faculty at Ackerman Institute of the Family and the former Advising Director on Race and Social Justice. She has published many scholarly articles on race/racism and clinical issues, mentoring family therapy trainees of color, stress and African-American women and addressing social location and oppressive legacies in therapy. thandiwe is also a non-fiction creative writer who has published several essays.

Date / Time:

8 Wednesdays:
October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8

11:45 am–1:45 pm

Continuing Education:

16 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.

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