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Defying The Odds: Black Male Therapists Discuss Intersectionality in Academia - Shared screen with speaker view
Adejare McMillan
24:37
Good Afternoon Everyone! This is Adejare! Thank you all for joining us & participating… Should you have any comments and/or feel like not speaking aloud, please feel free to do so, here!
Christine Beliard
26:51
Hi Everyone! Excited for this conversation!
Jennifer Chung
28:50
Hi Everyone!
James Guerin
29:57
Hello Everyone - I am a graduate LMFT from 2011 woking in private practice and with early release federal prisoners - heavily black and brown
Roselande Louis
30:25
Hi everyone!!
Samantha Corrington
30:33
Hello all. My name is Sam and I am here in Victoria BC Canada. I am a professor here at University of Victoria in Child & Youth Care and am an alum of NSU in Family Therapy. I am also a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I am on the traditional lands of the Malahat First Nation and respect that I am an uninvited visitor on these lands. Thank you for extending the invitation to me to witness.
Zaver Moore
33:35
I've definitely had similar experiences as of late. Specifically, feeling that I "have" to be that person.
Adejare McMillan
36:22
As we go on speaking, please feel free to ask us ANYTHING… We’re open to all questions...
Zaver Moore
37:41
I heard from several professionals within higher education that the term "Diversity and Inclusion" may be similar to "Thoughts and Prayers", meaning that there are intentions to understand racial injustice yet there stills may be a lack of action.
Christine Beliard
41:19
Such a good point, Zaver!
James Guerin
44:15
So if you are saying that others may feel uncomfortable in their conversation with you, do you as well feel uncomfortable when someone comes to you with a question which you may view as rude or ignorant. What skills are most important that you’ve learned to have that conversation?
Adejare McMillan
46:31
Great question James!! Thank you!
Christine Beliard
48:55
That’s good! What is your true intention in asking this to THIS person? To learn or to prove a point
Zaver Moore
50:25
Those are great suggestions Giancarlo! I've been using similar prompts before engaging in racial/social conversations.
Jennifer Chung
50:45
Adejare- Your comment made me think about an article I read about textbooks in the school systems are written differently in different states. I wonder what these differences do to continue the silence and the privilege.
Christine Beliard
50:47
Yes! Really good point
Jennifer Chung
51:51
same books but written by the states perspective
Christine Beliard
52:38
AND the experience of white people and whiteness in regard to slavery. ALL of us are still affected daily
Jennifer Chung
52:58
Yes, they compared Texas vs California
Christine Beliard
56:10
What do you all see as the power of therapy in countering the oppression of black people?
Samantha Corrington
57:42
How do you bring issues of social justice, specifically racism and oppression into therapy? Implicitly? Explicitly?
Roselande Louis
01:00:00
Great questions?
Edmound Davis
01:01:35
Correct, Dr. Beliard! The “whitewash” is real!
Christine Beliard
01:03:06
Thank you! So good!
Samantha Corrington
01:03:19
Thank you
Christine Beliard
01:04:44
Powerful perspective!
Roselande Louis
01:05:44
Yes. I think the church’s also responsible for not promoting awareness of therapy. We can pray and still seek therapy.
Samantha Corrington
01:05:49
Exactly!
Samantha Corrington
01:06:07
So so true! Yes!
Zaver Moore
01:06:18
I completely agree Adejare! In having these discussions with my clients, I often share that the mere fact of having the conversation may not change the circumstances, however, it can definitely be therapeutic.
Christine Beliard
01:06:30
“These conversations should not be reactionary!” Whew, that’s it!
Christine Beliard
01:08:18
That’s GOOD!
Zaver Moore
01:08:46
It also decreases the perceived "power differential" that clients tend to feel when engaging in psychotherapy.
Roselande Louis
01:11:10
Its okay, not to be okay
James Guerin
01:12:04
In my practice, I find many clients heightened by all that is going on, corona, protests, recession, loss of jobs and the conversations seem to be going on cross purposes and they are not listening to others but are listening to those that reinforce their beliefs? How do you counteract within your sessions and also in your life?
Christine Beliard
01:16:05
I’m glad you are voicing this! So important! ❤️❤️❤️
Zaver Moore
01:16:13
Thank you for voicing your thoughts! Being also a Black, gay man, it resonates with me.
Roselande Louis
01:16:38
In this society, Black men showing vulnerability =weak. I tell black men all the time it's okay to vulnerable. Vulnerability equals strength.
Roselande Louis
01:16:57
be*
James Guerin
01:16:58
Thank you so much for allowing me to participate. I have to attend to my black gay male client now. I appreciate all the work that you are doing and you sound so bright and curious that I feel a sense of hope
Jennifer Chung
01:18:18
I agree our vulnerabilities are our strengths. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to participate in these conversations and open dialogue. I have to go to another meeting, but my door is always open if you need anything.
Adejare McMillan
01:18:38
Thank you Dr. Chung! Be Well!
Adejare McMillan
01:18:49
Thank you James for posing that question and being a part!
Roselande Louis
01:21:17
Agree!!
Roselande Louis
01:29:02
We are here for you guys, we hear you, we appreciate you, you are loved, you are important and are worthy.
Samantha Corrington
01:34:57
Does this mean there will be another presentation?
Giancarlo Simpson
01:35:17
*peeking emoji*
Samantha Corrington
01:35:20
It has been a deep privilege and honour
Samantha Corrington
01:35:31
Yes please!!
Summer Book
01:37:13
Thank you so much for being willing to speak!
Roselande Louis
01:38:08
Thank you for this raw and honest conversation.
Samantha Corrington
01:38:09
Thank you all so so much. This has been powerful.
Roselande Louis
01:40:24
yes
Roselande Louis
01:40:29
lol