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Politics stay outside of the therapy space, or do they? A panel on ethics, perspectives and models w/Asia Tonja Marie Amos, Ph.D., Tasha Hunter, MSW, LCSW, and Jennifer Plumb Vilardaga, Ph.D.

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


In a politically charged climate, the impact on both therapists and clients is profound, yet we do not receive much training on how to broach or respond to the realm of politics within the therapeutic encounter. As therapists, we aim to create an environment where clients feel safe to bring their whole selves and explore areas for their growth. This becomes particularly challenging when clients’ political views may not align with ours, especially in light of the approaching presidential election, ongoing culture wars, and the effects of policies and discourse on vulnerable communities. Research shows that it is not possible to neatly and easily bracket our opinions, values, and assumptions while attending to clients. This workshop draws from internal family systems, liberation and decolonizing approaches, and acceptance and commitment therapy, to offer tools and frameworks for bringing politics into the clinical space in a way that is ethical and healing. Panelists will address how to broach the political world within therapy, talk with clients when feeling triggered, and raise topics of enfranchisement, voice, and rights. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the therapist, using self-disclosure appropriately, managing your own internal system, and ensuring therapy remains a space for healing and inclusive dialogue.

Date: Monday, September 30, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, 1st Floor

Format: Hybrid

  • Livestream via Zoom, or
  • In person: UNC School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

CE Credit: 2 CEs, read for full information on credit types awarded.
Fees: $35

Clinical Lecture Series trainings are for students, professionals, and community members interested in therapeutic practices that are anti-oppressive, intersectional, and centered on self-determination. 

Free of charge for UNC School of Social Work students, faculty, staff, and practicum instructors. 2 CE for behavioral health clinicians including social workers, psychologists, and counselors.

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September 30
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Marie Finnigan


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Auditorium
325 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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