EGPS Spring Event

General Information

Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society

Spring Event

 Friday, May 31st

7:00 - 9:30 PM
Socializing, Dessert & Coffee 9:30-10:30 PM


The Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue, Manhattan

Spring Event Co-Chairs: Brooke Greene & Kyle Brown


Stumbling Together:
Challenging Whiteness, Ego and Invulnerability to Become More Authentic Group Facilitators

Kareem Alexander Hewitt, LCSW

Many group therapeutic approaches, within the field of mental health and beyond, unfortunately root and pride themselves in whiteness, ego, and invulnerability. How can we challenge our conscious and unconscious thinking away from being power-hungry, elitist, and stoic group facilitators to ones that embrace bravery, vulnerability, and curiosity?

Kareem's interactive presentation will encourage us to confront our understanding of ourselves and challenge our models of group facilitation that often privilege whiteness.
Let's stumble. Together.

BIO: Kareem Alexander Hewitt [They/She/He], LCSW, is a Black, Belizean (Caribbean/Central American), 1st generation American, Queer, Trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, fat, and neurodivergent psychotherapist, social worker, group facilitator, dancer, choreographer and artist. Kareem has an undergraduate degree in Dance with minors in Africana/Puerto Rican/Latiné Studies & Sociology and a graduate degree in Social Work with a focus on Global Social Work. Kareem lives a multi-hyphenated life. Their psychotherapeutic work utilizes client-centered, trauma-informed, and intersectional; LGBTQ+, kink/Poly+, and gender-affirming; Black Queer & Trans feminist interventions. Kareem's radical approach to group work stems from their infatuation with history, communities, and emotions that span micro, mezzo, and macro worlds. Rather than focusing on decolonization, which seems to center colonization as the origin of humanity, Kareem believes in returning to pre-colonial ways of thinking and being. This highlights African & Indigenous approaches to living & healing as viable instead of reducing these forms to elective "alternatives''. Kareem could never be summed up into one word, but if they had to, it'd be FREEDOM.