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Enhancing Safety for Trainees: Improving Awareness Around Racism and Racial Microaggressions in Supervision

  • 07 Oct 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • DCPA members will receive 3 diversity continuing education credits
  • This webinar is free for DCPA students. Please use your student email address to register.
  • Registrants will receive 3 diversity continuing education credits.
  • Registrants who would like to attend but do not need continuing education credits.

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Even though psychology is helping profession and psychologists hold themselves to a high moral standard in our interaction with others, our field as well as our practice of clinical supervision is not immune to the -isms that plague American society; most notably, racism and racial microaggressions. As Ammirati and Kaslow (2017) stated, all supervisors have the potential to be harmful and all harmful supervision is unethical (Ellis, Taylor, Corp, Hutman, & Kangos, 2017; McNamara, Kangos, Corp, Ellis, & Taylor, 2017). No matter how wholesome our intentions are, racism and racist acts can emerge in supervision and cause irreparable harm to our trainees who entrust us to guide the early steps of their careers. This can create an unsafe and potentially toxic learning environment. This potential for harm can only be mitigated through ongoing, active, and conscious anti-racism self-work. In this presentation, we will discuss common race-based missteps and racist acts that can occur in clinical supervision, ways in which racism and racial microaggressions in supervision harm our trainees, and recommendations for the practice of active anti-racism work as applicable to clinical supervision. **3 Diversity CE credits available**

  • Learning Objectives:

  • 1.      Identify at least one race-based misstep or racist act that either your or your colleagues have committed towards a trainee who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or other trainee of color (BIPOC).
  • 2.     Identify why specific missteps are harmful to trainees as well as discuss potential corrective action to take should racism in supervision occur.
  • 3.     Construct and implement a self-paced anti-racism practice that applies to clinical supervision and promotes safety for BIPOC trainees.

Dr. Keri Kirk is an assistant professor and licensed clinical psychologist at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Howard University in 2018. She completed a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI.

 She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Kirk’s scholarly research interests include using mixed methods clinical interventions to address psychosocial mechanisms of health behavior change in health disparities related to metabolic diseases. Additionally, she is interested in examining the role of provider communication and racial discrimination in the perpetuation of obesity and heart disease among Black adults, particularly Black women. Further, she is interested in exploring how the promotion of psychological wellness can mitigate the impact of race-based, health-related stress among Black women as well as among Black, Indigenous, and other psychology trainees of color. Dr. Kirk was raised as a military ‘brat’ with roots in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, certified personal trainer, and YouTube DIY aficionado.

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