This presentation will discuss the therapeutic dilemma of how white therapists should handle racist expressions from their white clients. We will discuss the ethical and therapeutic implications, as well as walk through a model and examples for these challenging moments. Our work will be grounded in critical whiteness studies and we will be encouraged to critique complex intrapsychic and emotional processes around whiteness within ourselves and our future clients.
- Identify direct and subtle racism in our own self, as well as our white clients’ comments and behaviors.
- Utilize three ways of framing the problem of racism as important to the health and livelihood of the white client.
- Demonstrate various responses to a white client’s racist comments to open a curious discussion and avoid a rupture.