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:

Rudy Lucas or Christine Schmidt

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 are:

Monday Jan. 18 (MLK Day) 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday Feb. 15 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday Mar 15 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday Apr 19 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday May 19 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday June 21 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday July 19 8:30 Zoom meeting


Current groups

Racism and Policing Part III: Where Do We Go From Here?

Monday, February 15th 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm

EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group

Racism and Policing Part III: Where Do We Go From Here?

Monday February 15 8:30 - 9:45 PM EST

In the third of our three part series on racism and policing, we look at next steps. Now that we understand the racist historical underpinnings of policing and prisons in the US, and we've read how Black people with mental vulnerabilities are even more at risk for experiencing police violence, we're going to finish (for now) by reading two compelling articles in favor of defunding the police. One article written by Colin Kaepernick, the other by Angela Davis.

 

Why Arguments Against Abolition Inevitably Fail  - By Angela Davis

The Demand for Abolition - By Colin Kaepernick

Even before reading the articles I'm thinking about these questions: 

* What thoughts and feelings does the phrase "Defund the police" evoke in me?

* Where do I feel these feelings in my body?

After reading the two articles, I revisit the phrase "Defund the police." 

* Do I notice any shifts in how that lands in my body? 

* What new thoughts or feelings do I become aware of now?

 

We invite you into this brave space of deep listening and sharing. Building a community of solidarity in the exchange of emotional risk-taking and vulnerability.

 

This event is free, but you must register in order to receive the Zoom link:

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The Work Group for Racial Equity 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 Monday evening of the month to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts and articles. Further information can be found on the EGPS website at https://egps.org/work-group-racial-equity.php