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Being Black in the Therapy Room — A Panel Discussion Among Five Clinicians

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


A Panel Discussion Among Five Clinicians

Moderated by Diana Hope Baker, LCSW

2 CE Hours available for
NY Practitioners – LCSWs, LMSWs, LPs, LMFTs, LMHCs, LCATs, PHDs, PSYDs

This panel discussion aims to explore the multifaceted experiences of being Black in the therapy room. The discussion will engage both Black and White therapists in the audience and cover key topics such as countertransference, racism, cultural norms, and systemic issues within the psychological field.

The discussion will explore issues of race in working with Black clients and the impact of race on Black clinicians. We believe that this panel discussion will provide a valuable platform for exploring these important issues and promoting a deeper understanding of the experiences of Black individuals in therapy.

Diana Hope Baker, LCSW is a Holistic Social Worker. A native of NY and a transplant to Georgia, Diana obtained her MSW in 2004 from the University of Central Florida with a certificate in Addictions. In addition to her graduate training Diana has post graduate certificates in Clinical Supervision, Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Psychodynamic Couples Therapy. Diana’s personal and professional journey has led her to her most recent certifications as a holistic trauma therapist, a Level I sound healer, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Level I Ifs therapist, and Certified Yoga Teacher-500. Diana is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Dublin, Georgia VA and the owner of Hope Psychotherapy which focuses on holistic healing of women with anxiety, PTSD, infertility and race related stressors. Diana has also contributed to Essence Magazine as a wellness practitioner. Diana’s passions include traveling and providing community lectures and wellness events focused on the integration of holistic practices and mental health and racial trauma. Diana has a niece and nephews and two bonus children. Panel member bios to follow.

Teaching Method: Seminar-style Zoom presentation

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation participants will be able to:

1. Understand the complexities of countertransference in therapeutic relationships involving Black clients, including how therapists’ own racial biases and cultural backgrounds can impact the therapeutic process.
2. Explore the manifestations of racism within the therapy room, including microaggressions, stereotypes, and power dynamics, and develop strategies for effectively addressing and dismantling these barriers to therapeutic progress.
3. Examine the influence of cultural norms and systemic issues on the mental health and well-being of Black individuals, and identify ways in which therapists can create culturally competent and affirming spaces for their Black clients to facilitate healing and growth.