EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity

Mission Statement

The Work Group for Racial Equity of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society aims to initiate opportunities for members to examine how racism is embedded in individuals’ unconscious, in groups, and in our organization. Utilizing a collaborative process, the work group supports EGPS efforts to integrate awareness about race and racism in professional events and presentations.

The Work Group also seeks to enhance members’ understanding of the impact of institutional racism on their work, encourages members’ examination of internalized racial oppression and works with the Board of Directors to strengthen our racial equity lens.

Healing from racial injustice is a result of learning and struggling together. We hope all members will join EGPS in this work.

For more information contact:

April Harvin or Chris Dolin

For a list of resources suggested by the Work Group for Racial Equity and books reviewed by EGPS members, please click here

For a list of works that inspired monthly WG4RE discussions, please select the corresponding year:

The upcoming dates for WG4RE 2022 Discussions (all on Zoom)

Tuesday, June 21st: TBA

Tuesday, July 19th: TBA

Current groups

Discussion of the movie "Till" -- Facilitated by Patti Cox and Joe Hovey

Tuesday, April 18th 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm

Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group

Discussion of the Move "Till"

Facilitated by Patti Cox and Joe Hovey

Tuesday, April 18th

8:30 - 9:45 PM

The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Work Group for Racial Equity invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 18 from 8:30-9:45pm for a discussion of the important and emotionally evocative film, “Till,” directed by Chinonye Chukwu. The Discussion will be faciliatate by EGPS Past President, Patti Cox, PhD and current Tresaurer, Joe Hovey, LCSW.

It wasn’t until March of 2022 that lynching was made a federal crime, with the passing of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The story of this law can’t be told without the story of Emmett Till and his mother, whose unwavering activism is chronicled in the movie, Till. As described by the studio: “Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.” Join the EGPS Work for Racial Equity as we discuss and explore our thoughts, feelings, and responses.

See a trailer here:

The film is available for rent/purchase digitally from various services:

Some further reading, listening, watching, for those curious:

Consider as you watch, read, listen:

  • How did you feel watching this film? Any surprising reactions?
  • How does this film speak to ongoing struggles today?
  • What is important about federal anti-lynching legislation? And what took it so long to pass?

Join us on Tuesday, April 18 from 8:30-9:45pm. The event is free, but you need to register in order to attend: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK FOR THE DISCUSSION.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Work Group for Racial Equity is a “drop in group” for EGPS members and not-yet members. You are invited to participate whenever you can. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday evening of the month to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts and articles. Further information can be found on the EGPS website