Special Institute Presentation

AGPA will offer a full-day Special Institute presentation on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:30-5:30 PM with a lunch break from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (all times are Eastern). 

Continuing Education for Special Institute Presentation: 6.0 credits/.6 units  

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SI-1. Group Therapy in a Time of Racial Reckoning and Unrest

Instructor: Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D.‎

hardy, kenA little over a year ago, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others sent ‎shockwaves throughout this country and around the world.  The mask of denial that too often ‎shielded the prevalence of racial oppression in our society was aggressively removed, once ‎again, exposing the ugliness of our unacknowledged racial history. While in a state of collective, ‎individual, and institutional outrage, shame, and shock, with our racial consciousness allegedly ‎elevated to an all-time high, we entered a self-proclaimed period of racial reckoning. This ‎period has encouraged us all to consider the ways in which our lives are affected by race, not ‎just as civilians but as professionals as well.  Regardless of what our personal views are ‎regarding race, as an organization and as practitioners, it is imperative that we, as group ‎therapists, possess the will and skill to meet the race-related demands of our time. ‎

This presentation will examine the sociocultural and ethical imperatives of what it means to be ‎a group therapist in a time of racial reckoning and unrest. Specific strategies for developing a ‎racial lens and becoming a racially attuned group therapist will be provided. ‎

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Clinical and Organizational Consultant at the Eikenberg Institute for ‎Relationships in New York, NY where he also serves as a Director. He provides Racially Focused ‎Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of ‎individuals and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a former Professor ‎of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New ‎York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman ‎Institute for the Family in New York, NY.‎

He is the author of: ‎
-  Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications ‎
-  Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners ‎
-  Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender ‎
-  Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence.‎

In addition to his consultation work, Dr. Hardy is a frequent conference speaker and has also ‎appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.‎

Learning Objectives:
The attendee will be able to:
1. Define the four staged racial development continuum.
2. Identify three techniques for effectively addressing racial microaggressions.
3. Utilize strategies and tactics for talking about race effectively.
4. Describe strategies for exploring relevant Self of the Therapist issues that may facilitate and/or inhibit the effective execution of race related work in group practice and beyond.

References:
1. Hardy, K. V. (2015, November/December). The view from black America: Listening to the untold stories. Psychotherapy Networker. https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/article/958/the-view-from-black-america
2. Hardy, K. V. (2022). The enduring, invisible, and ubiquitous centrality of whiteness. W. W. Norton & Company.
3. Hardy, K. V., & Bobes, T. (2016). Culturally sensitive supervision and training: Diverse perspectives and practical applications. Routledge.
4. McGoldrick, M., & Hardy, K. V. (2019). Re-visioning family therapy: Addressing diversity in clinical practice (3rd ed.). The Guilford Press.