Brown Bag Lunch Series

Racism in the 21st Century: The Effect of Racism in the Therapeutic Relationship   
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12:00 to 1:30 pm
On Zoom!

White therapists who are unaware of the effect of the culture on their implicit biases can experience an inability to engage clients who are from marginalized populations. Being white includes a passport into the privilege and power within a society controlled by a white majority. White society has difficulty accepting individual and collective responsibility for the marginalization of other people.

The work of facing difficult topics regarding racism often induces defensive attitudes, even in those therapists who feel that they have resolved their unconscious attitudes toward the other. Neither admitting nor recognizing the advantages of being white casts a shadow on those who don’t have an opening into a world of opportunity.

The unconscious biases of white therapists are confronted in discussions of racism. Realizing that they do not have conscious awareness of the societal attitudes that motivate and influence them, therapists may begin to understand and address their biases through the study of psychoanalytic theory. How can psychoanalytic theory help us to understand our own internalized racism?

As therapists and leaders how can we increase our awareness and personal empathy for the marginalized people we serve? 
Rev. Dr. Glenmore Bembry, Jr., a native of Georgia, has been Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church since June 25, 2001. Under his leadership, numerous new ministries have been added to Trinity Baptist Church reaching all age groups.
Rev. Bembry participates in many global ministries. He is actively involved in Brooklyn communities in the areas of HIV-Aids education, Domestic Violence and Holistic Health Education. He has been recognized by many community groups in Brooklyn for outstanding community activities and leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies at the Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, N.J.
Rev. Bembry received his B.S. in Business Administration from the Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., Master of Divinity degree at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, in Rochester, N.Y., and Doctor of Ministry degree in Urban Ministry Planning Research from the New York Theological Seminary, NYC. Dr. Bembry is presently a student of the Certificate Program of ACAP and an organizer of the Diversity and Inclusion Team of ACAP-

Demetria DeLia, Ph.D.,LCSW - Dr. DeLia holds a master’s degree in education, an MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work; she is a certified psychoanalyst and has received post-doctoral certification in EMDR; she is a published author and has been approved by NASW-NJ as a ceu presenter since 2009 (including the Clinical Case Seminar approved in 2009); she is certified as a NASW-NJ Supervisor; she also presented a workshop at the 2016 NASW Conference. She serves as Dean of Research at ACAP and is a faculty member for the MA in Mental Health Counseling offered at ACAP through the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.

Patricia Henderson, MSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Montclair. Patricia is studying psychoanalysis in the certificate program at ACAP to deepen her therapeutic work. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Team at ACAP.

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