Resources & Links
The Resources and Links section includes helpful, practical resources for psychotherapists.
The Health & Advocacy Resources page lists resources and recommended reading that may be helpful to you and your clients.
"Choice + Chance = Change"
Lawrence Fixel, a well-known San Francisco poet, spent years refining what he called the "Three Word World."
If you like this Three Word Poem, share it with a friend, ask what it means to her or him. You will be surprised at the different meanings these simple words have. This could be the beginning of learning more about how you and your friends look at limitations.
Check out the frequently updated News You Can Use page!
What we all need to know about Racism
More than being against it: Anti-racism and anti-oppression in mental health services Valuable literature review about Anti-racism and anti-oppression frameworks of practice are being increasingly advocated for in efforts to address racism and oppression embedded in mental health and social services, and to help reduce their impact on mental health and clinical outcomes.
How do White Female Therapists Address Racism?
- Anti-Racism and Racial Trauma in Therapy
- Moving From Cultural Competence to Anti-Racism (video)
- The First Step in Eradicating Racism: Face Yourself
- Racial Microaggressions, Whiteness & Feminist Therapy (Journal Article)
- Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice (Journal Article)
- Addressing Whiteness, Racism, Injustice in Psychotherapy (Journal Article)
- Identity, Bias, and Cultural Humility: Connecting to Ourselves and Others (webinar)
The Nocturnists are a storytelling group for healthcare workers in SF and NY. They produce live storytelling shows in which medical professionals get to tell stories from their lives and experiences. In response to George Floyd's murder and everything that's happened since, they've created this new show to collect and broadcast the stories of black healthcare workers specifically.
“I Am Not Your Negro” a documentary written by James Baldwin about his three murdered friends, Malcolm X, Medgar Evans and Martin Luther King.
FOR GROUP THERAPISTS
Michele D. Ribeiro, EdD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA’ s new book highlights ideas of how to navigate diversity issues and identity in groups.
Burnes, T. R. and Ross, K. L. (2010). Applying Social Justice to Oppression and Marginalization in Group Process: Interventions and Strategies for Group Counselors. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35: 2, 169 - 176 DOI: 10.1080/01933921003706014.
Eason, A.E. (2009). Diversity and Group Theory, Practice, and Research. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59:4, 563-574.
Goldberg, S. & Hoyt, W. (2015). Group as social microcosm: Within group interpersonal style is congruent with outside group relational tendencies. Psychotherapy Theory Research, Practice, and Training, 52(2):195-204.
Current Resources for the General Public
What we all need to know about Racism
“Race and racism have rightfully been at the forefront of most people’s mind because of the attention recently being paid to it. It is sad that it took a cluster of public injustices and travesties to bring it to the forefront. Racism causes inequality and damages not only those people affected by it but society as a whole. The outcry started in the United States but is now being heard and displayed all over the globe. Read more.... Please share with others who may benefit.” Dr. Michelle Maidenberg
Rachel Cargle, an anti-racism activist and educator recently posted a sign from a protest that captures an important reminder:
"Treat racism like you treat COVID 19:
1. Assume you have it
2. Recognize that you are not an expert about it and listen to experts about it
3. Don't spread it
4. Be willing to change your life to end it."
Please check both The American Group Psychotherapy Association and the American Psychological Association's websites for updated resources!
Here is an important collection of resources, compiled and curated by Sophia Aguirre, Ph.D., CGP
Another important collection is listed on The Trauma Healing Institute's Anti-Oppression Resource page
APA's Div. 49 Diversity Committee has an extensive list of Resources
Articles, YouTubes and Videos
Check out Trevor Noah’s powerful and insightful video
Ibram Kendi’s short video “5 Steps to being an Anti-Racist”
Article: For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies by Courtney Ariel
Video: George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice by Trevor Noah
YouTube Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho
YouTube Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo 20 minutes
YouTube Implicit Bias -- how it effects us and how we push through Melanie Funchess TEDx talk
YouTube No. You Cannot Touch My Hair! Mena Fombo TEDx Talk Bristol
YouTube Toni Morrison Interview
Podcast: Scene on Radio is a podcast that tells stories exploring human experience and American society. Produced and hosted by John Biewe. Season 2, the Peabody-nominated Seeing White,
Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika explored the history and meaning of whiteness.
How Black Americans can Practice Self-Care and How Everyone Else Can Help Elizabeth Wellington’s powerful article in The Philadelphia Inquirer is valuable reading
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Healing from the Effects of Internalized Oppression Easy- to read overview created by The Community Tool Box is a service of the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas
Internalized Racism Inventory Created by the Cultural Bridges to Justice
How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion: Peggy McIntosh talks about her unearned white priviledge, at TEDx
Race Matters: How to Talk Effectively About Race: In this valuable article, Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D. provides tools to help clinicians be able to have difficult conversations. This article includes the model he developed,
a model which he shared in his talk “Race Inside and Outside the Therapy Room” at the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.
Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma Created by Dr. Candice Nicole
The Dismantle Collective’s mission statement starts with White supremacy and racism are serious problems in our society that affect us all. In addition to providing a space for conversation, The Dismantle Collective desires to be a starting point for white allies to do the work and engage in analysis, education, and action on anti-racism. The following documents may be used as tools to educate yourself, your peers, employees, committees, etc.
How to Be an Ally if You Are a Person with Privilege, Frances E. Kendall, Ph.D., is one of many articles and resources provided by the Dismantle Collective.
Important interview with Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., President of the Eikenberg Academy for Social Justice, and Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City. Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Cultural Genogram: Key to Training Culturally Competent Family Therapists by globally respected scholar and practitioner, Hardy, K. V., Laszloffy, T. A,(1995) Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Vol. 21, No.3, pp 227 – 237.
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown -includes this advice: "Move at the speed of trust."
White Fragility: Why it is so Hard for White People to talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW
How to be an Antiracist by Ibrahim Kendi
Advice for Talking to Children about Racism
In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America: So You Want to Talk About Race
Sophia Aguirre, Ph.D., CGP wrote this suggestion: “I HIGHLY recommend supporting The Conscious Kid, an amazing organization that provides parenting and education resources that support racial identity development, critical literacy, and equitable practices in homes and classrooms. They utilize critical race theory (which is intersectional) to navigate how issues of race impact young children and their identity development.For a simple donation of $1 or $5 a month you get access to their awesome reading lists and other resources:
Here is another great resource to find diverse children's books: