Implicit Bias, Cognitive Distortions, and Transgenerational Trauma
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 10:00 AM America/New_York
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 1:45 PM America/New_York
Presenter: Presenter: Simcha Feuerman, Nancy Michael, PhD
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November 28, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM EST
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Mental health professionals, like the people they treat, can suffer from arbitrary, distorted, or maladaptive beliefs. These beliefs can be about themselves, their work, or the world around them. They can be based on past experiences, negative self-talk, or unrealistic expectations. These beliefs can lead to problems in effectively relating to clients and excessive counter transference.
This workshop will address the clinical issues associated with some of the common distortions that can disable practitioners from functioning at their best to provide best practice therapy. Attendees will gain insights into the application of CBT methodology to examine their own beliefs about themselves in their practice, and to challenge the validity of beliefs that may be irrational and disabling and thus affect the client's care. The presentation will also explore transference and countertransference from a psychoanalytic perspective as they apply to practitioners’ boundaries, competency, and self-disclosure. Strategies for minimizing these dynamics will be provided. This workshop will blend CBT and Psychoanalytic techniques so that practitioners can use them dynamically during sessions and in reflective practice.
(trainer, Simcha Feuerman LCSW-R, DHL a clinician in private practice, specializing in high-conflict couples and families and male sexual health)
In part one, the instructor will ask participants to apply their own experiences to generate a personal framework for building an understanding of implicit bias. Part one will begin with determining a common definition of implicit bias and then move toward evaluation of how our individual socialization creates the neural underpinnings of implicit bias. Our conversation will move towards understanding the neurobiological processes of implicit bias with the goal of creating a working model of brain processes. This model can be used as a guide to aid in articulating how differential brain function can ultimately generate an opinion/strong feeling about an individual or group of people without conscious recognition of the cognitive process.
Part two will build upon the understanding of implicit bias and begin to connect how implicit biases inform racism and transgenerational trauma. To understand how systemic racism can result in transgenerational trauma, one must have an awareness of the neurobiology of threat detection and stress physiology. An overview of the threat detection systems and stress physiology will be provided and used as a framework to provide insight how it feels to experience racism or discrimination. With an understanding of the bodily senses that are associated with being the target of racism or discrimination, the conversation will focus on US history to provide a perspective of how systemic racism in the US continues to give rise to transgenerational trauma for Black Americans. Given current events in the US, this discussion will focus on issues of Black Americans, however principles of implicit bias, threat detection and stress response are data of human physiology and neurobiology. Therefore, these principles can be applied to any human of any marginalized identity, hopefully helping us all have a little more awareness of our own body processes and reactions thereby giving a choice about what we do next.
(Since December of 2014, Dr. Nancy Michael has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Neuroscience and Behavior major at the University of Notre Dame. In her few years as faculty, Dr. Michael’s dedication to excellence, innovation in education and commitment to community wellness have earned her numerous teaching, advising and community awards. In partnership with multiple community organizations, Dr. Michael works to develop and implement NEAR (neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, resilience) science approaches that aim to mitigate the impact of toxic stress on individuals and communities. Her research uses a community-based change theory model to work with community organizations in developing population specific NEAR-based strategies to support organizational and community efforts in becoming trauma-informed.)