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, click here

The upcoming dates for WG4RE are:

Monday Sept. 16 8:30 Zoom meeting

Sunday Oct. 6 3:00 Movie screening

Monday Nov. 18 8:30 Zoom meeting

Sunday Dec. 15 2:00 in person, or Monday Dec. 16th Zoom

Monday Jan. 20 either 2:00 in person or 8:30 Zoom

Monday Feb. 17 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday Mar 16 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday Apr 20 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday May 18 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday June 15 8:30 Zoom meeting

Monday July 20 8:30 Zoom meeting

Current groups

Back to Natural - Film and Discussion with Filmaker Gillian Scott-Ward

Sunday, October 6th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

“I have to go natural. I have to do a documentary.” And with these thoughts, Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward, psychologist-filmmaker, did both. Please join EGPS Work Group for Racial and Dr. Scott-Ward for a film viewing and discussion. Back to Natural is Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward’s tribute to Black individuals about the personal and political costs of living authentically with one’s own chemically untreated hair. Filmed on three continents, Back to Natural takes up both the intimacy of negotiating one’s racial identity and the racially discriminatory treatment of black people who have been harassed, threatened, punished, demoted or fired because of the texture or style of their hair. This film contributed to passage of a 2019 law in NYC aimed to remedy this discriminatory treatment.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

3:00 - 6:00 PM

Beth Israel/Mt Sinai Hospital

10 Nathan Perlman Place, NYC

(between 15th & 17th Streets and 1st & 2nd Avenue)

Seating limited, so prior registration is strongly encouraged.

There is a fee for this event:

$10 first time attendees & students

$15 EGPS members

$25 non-EGPS members

There is a fee for this event.