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Microaggression Workshop brochure

Racial Microaggression in Clinical Practice Workshops

Our training supports clinicians in recognizing and stopping the implicit bias that affects the way they engage in clinical practice with clients of color.

What are microaggressions?

Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward people of color.

They are the result of unconscious or implicit biases that seep into interactions with marginalized people and can have deep, detrimental impacts on the mental and physical health of people of color. Microaggressions have an enormous impact on the way in which people of color interact with mental health treatment and services.

Why is training necessary?

Our training supports clinicians in recognizing and stopping implicit bias that affects the way in which they engage in clinical practice with people of color. It is a tool to help clinicians improve their clinical relationships with clients through the reduction of implicit bias interactions for overall improved interventions and outcomes based in equity and social justice.

Benefits

This workshop helps improve service outcomes in communities of color.

Empathy

Enhanced clinical rapport with clients of color.

Insight & Awareness

Long-term engagement with clients of color.

Better Service

Overall improvement of services to clients of color.

Our instructors

Angie Mejia

Angie is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at Syracuse University. Her research encompasses immigration, mental health, ethnicity, bio/psychopolitics, and citizenship, specifically on U.S. Latinas’ experiences with depression and depression treatment.

As a critical theorist and public sociologist, she collaborates with other women of color and shares their experiences of crossing (and surviving) the effective borders constituted by the interaction of neoliberal forces, identities, U.S. cultural practices, and the availability of mental health treatment to minority women.

Angie’s work has appeared in major research journals and she has presented at numerous conferences on her work on depression and U.S. Latinas.

Kat Kelley

Kat is Catholic Charities of Oregon’ director of programs and integration. Her areas of practice and expertise include trauma, mental health, domestic and sexual violence, immigration, race equity, and community organizing. She has almost 20 years of experience in anti-racist social movements and building white ally identities. Kat is a clinician and macro practice social worker focusing on anti-oppressive practice and social justice.