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*Note* This scheduling program was not designed by folks who do a lot with APA Style and unfortunately it defaults to listing authors in alphabetical order. We cannot fix this for this online schedule, but the author orders are posted in the order submitted in the printed program available via pdf here.

Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Intersecting Identities: Promoting Social Justice Within & Beyond the Supervisory Relationship

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Advocacy and social justice are concepts that are often mentioned in clinical training to up-and-coming mental health professionals, yet mentorship regarding these topics is often lacking within supervision. Clinical psychology trainees often work in close supervisory relationships to hone their clinical skills and theoretical orientations, which makes it an exemplary arena to discuss advocacy and social/restorative justice at various systemic levels. It is commonly understood that, ethically, supervisors and their supervisees should be discussing issues related to multiculturalism and diversity as related to the trainee’s clients; however, that is often where the discussion ends. What is frequently missing in clinical programs and at practicum sites is a critical and ongoing dialogue related to the intersecting identity categories of both the supervisee and the supervisor as this can greatly impact the supervisory relationship, and consequently the therapeutic relationships that the supervisee has with her or his clients. In order to address this concern, a de-identified, supervision vignette will be presented (via PowerPoint) within the theoretical framework of social dominance theory accompanied by an integration of feminist theory. The supervisory vignette will be utilized to generate understanding and ability of audience members in identifying and predicting: (a) intersecting identity categories, (b) dominant societal patterns, and (c) power differentials – all within the supervisory relationship. Some of the intersecting identity categories in the supervisory vignette are: (a) gender, (b) race, (c) sexual orientation, (d) gender expression, and (e) disability status. After a thorough explanation of the clinical supervision example, the presenter will address how the supervisory relationship can impact the therapeutic relationships that a trainee has with her or his clients. The importance of navigating intersecting identities within clinical supervision as a means of mentoring trainees in advocacy and restorative justice will be a central theme of the presentation.


Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Emerald