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Navigating the Complexities of Race for African American Couples

  • Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Washington Schoolof Psychiatry

presents


Marjorie Nightingale, PhD, JD, LMFT, presenter

Navigating the Complexities of Race for African American Couples

Virtual - Zoom

September 24, 2022

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

Schedule


9:00AM 

Introduction & Welcome 

9:05AM 

"Who am I and Why Does it Matter: Social Location"

Presentation by Marjorie Nightingale, PhD, JD, LMFT

10:10

Break out Discussion Groups

10:25 Break
10:40 Creating a Real Therapeutic Space: Making space for Therapy
11:30 Questions and Answers and Wrap-up


Program Description


This workshop will address how to navigate the complexities of race for African American couples by helping clinicians to identify their own self of the therapist biases, examine common barriers in African American couples to accessing vulnerable emotions, and identy strategies for building a strong therapeutic alliance.  

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 self of the therapist biases that may impact working with African American couples.
  2. Identify 4 barriers of African American couples that interfere with accessing vulnerable emotions.
  3. Describe 2 strategies for building a strong therapeutic alliance with African American couples. 

    References

    1. Awosan, C.I., & Opara, I. (2016). Socioemotional factor: A missing gap in theorizing and  studying Black heterosexual coupling processes and relationships. Journal of Black  Sexuality and Relationships, 3(2), 25–51. https://doi.org/10.1353/bsr.2016.0027
    2. Hardy, K. V., & Awosan, C. I. (2019). Therapy with heterosexual Black couples through a racial lens. In M. McGoldrick & K. V. Hardy (Eds.), Re-visioning family therapy (pp.419–432). Guilford Press.
    3. Nightingale, M., Awosan, C. I., & Stavrianopoulos, K. (2019). Emotionally focused therapy: A culturally sensitive approach for African American heterosexual couples. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 30(3), 221244.
    4. Nightingale, M., Jones, S. C. T., & Smith, S. D. (2019). Black American couples’ perceptions of the significance of race and racial conversations in therapy: A qualitative study. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 6(2), 3757. 
    5. Nightingale, M., Awosan, C.I. (Under review). Emotionally focused therapy with African American couples: An exploratory acceptability and feasibility study. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. 

      Presenter Bio

      Marjorie Nightingale, PhD, JD, LMFT is in private practice in Washington, D.C. where she specializes in couple and sex therapy. She received her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University. She received her doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University where her research focused on racially sensitive interventions for African American couples. Additionally, she teaches in Marriage and Family Therapy programs at University of Maryland, College Park. She has extensive clinical experience working with diverse couples. In addition, Ms. Nightingale spent several years as a family law and child welfare attorney in Baltimore where she worked with marginalized populations. As a scholar-practitioner, she has a special interest in addressing the intersection of sex and race in therapy for people of color. She recently received the 2020 AAMFT Foundation’s Outstanding Research Publication Award for her first academic article: Emotionally Focused Therapy: A culturally Sensitive Approach for African American Heterosexual Couples.

      Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.

      Participants

      This program is intended for mental health professionals at all levels of experience and offers 3 CE credits. Fulfills diversity credit requirement.

      Registration & Costs

      Conference rates acknowledge that individuals may have differing CE/CME needs or abilities to pay. To attend to these differences and reduce the cost barrier of participation, we offer various registration options. 

      *If rates are still a burden, please contact the Director of Education & Membership. 

      To complete the registration process, you will need to register your name and email via the Zoom link provided to you after your initial registration has been paid for and confirmed. On the day of the event, please change your screen name to the name used to register for this event.

        Please note that recording in any form of this event is NOT permitted.

        Attendance Policy

        Participants must attend 100% of the program. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of 9:00AM to allow time to check in. 

        Cancellations and Refunds

        Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing (via email) at least five (5) days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

        Continuing Education

        The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is available for 3 CE credits.

        The Washington School of Psychiatry is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. This program is available for 3 CE credit hours. 

        The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education ProviderTM, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is available for 3 NBCC hours. 

        The Washington School of Psychiatry is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Washington School of Psychiatry designates the program for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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        WSP is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and will conduct all activities in compliance with the ethical and professional standards put forth by the APA, BWSE-MD, NBCC, & Medchi. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants need accommodations, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate them.  

        Contact

        Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints regarding continuing education to Kim Jones, Executive Director, at kjones@wspdc.org.

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