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

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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.

Location: Brooklyn

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

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