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  • 9/30/2022 12:00 PM EDT
  • 9/30/2022 1:30 PM EDT
  • Webinar via Zoom

Pandemics & Politics in the Transference: Decolonizing the Therapeutic Space

Psychotherapy does not occur in an isolated environment, but within context. Whether the therapist acknowledges it or not, the prevailing social and political context infuses the therapeutic space. Ignoring its influence undermines the therapeutic space. This can be especially problematic for BIPOC clients. Silence about the social and political in the therapy room risks colonizing the space. Using an intersubjective lens, this webinar will invite participants to reflect on how the Covid-19 pandemic and social upheaval in the U.S. over the past several years has influenced their therapeutic identity, the subjectivities of their clients, and how introspection and authenticity about sociopolitical themes can enrich the therapeutic encounter.

 After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to

  1. reflect more critically on the concept of transference and its infusion of the social and political
  2. consider an intersubjective view of self-boundaries and how it impacts their own therapeutic work in the current sociopolitical environment
  3. listen in a more attuned way to how the current sociopolitical context affects their client’s subjectivity
  4. conceptualize an ethical framework for navigating the therapeutic space in a toxic sociopolitical environment.


12:00 Welcome and Introduction of Speaker

12:05 Presentation

12:50 Q&A

1:30 Adjourn


Danjuma Gibson is Professor of Pastoral Care at Calvin Theological Seminary and a Trainer in ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Program. He is author Frederick Douglass, A Psychobiography (2018) and is co-editor of the Journal of Pastoral Theology.

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