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Identity 'Politics': Group Psychotherapy & the Political Self - Kevin Gillette, PsyD

Sunday, May 5th 10:45 am to 1:00 pm

In general discourse -- with our culture shaped as it is by white supremacist values -- the racial and ethnic identities of marginalized groups are often denied their significance and dismissed as "identity politics", i.e., treated as though extraneous to the discussion of "real" issues.

In our work with groups we encounter myriad choice points; our decisions at these junctures are based on multiple factors. Some of these -- our values, for instance -- may stand outside the scope of what the orthodox observer might consider "strictly clinical".

This workshop will explore: how our values can be shaped by our own racial/ethnic identities; the significance both of these hold for the decisions we make as group therapists; the role that group members' racial/ethnic identities play in our work; and how/when/why the political = the personal.


Kevin Gillette, PsyD has practiced individual and group psychotherapy in various settings, including hospitals, community-based mental health clinics, and college counseling centers. He received advanced training in group psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He has been active in various roles within EGPS, including as part of the Work Group for Racial Equity's planning committee. His efforts to help facilitate dialogue about race and the effects of racism have included workshop presentations at conferences within the United States (EGPS) and abroad (the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes). He has also worked with the Brooklyn-based organization Ambient Noise, which helps groups address racism through use of mindfulness and body-awareness.

General Information

The Brooklyn Discussion Group of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society welcomes members and newcomers to our monthly clinical meeting. These meetings consist of an informal gathering and a presentation by an expert in the field. It is an opportunity for professional development by becoming informed about the topics presented, and getting to know and be known by other clinicians. You can come to a single meeting and need not be an EGPS member. Become part of our vibrant community.
We meet in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on the 4th Sunday of the month (with exceptions) from 10:45 AM to 1 PM.
Coffee & light breakfast will be served.
$10 for first time attendees and students, $15 for members - $20 for non-members of the EGPS.
If you have a specialty, passion, or interest you would like to share with a receptive clinical audience, we would like to hear from you. If you present you get the satisfaction of making these issues and your practice known to a wider audience.
We invite you to submit a short proposal to present at one of our meetings. We select presenters who best add to our member’s knowledge and experience. We value topics that are most relevant to working with groups and have a balance between didactic, interactive, and experiential components.
Our monthly meetings are for 2 1/2 hours on Sunday mornings and consist of 45 minutes for networking, noshing, business meeting and member introductions, and a 1 1/2 hour presentation.
Please be in touch with either Co-chairperson: Jerry Sachs at 301-651-9947, or Erica Gardner-Schuster by clicking her name.