Toward Antiracism and Liberation in Your Clinical Work – April 13 and May 11, 2021

Presenter:  Parisa Emam, LMFT

When:  April 13 and May 11, 2021 (2 Tuesdays)

Time:   noon – 1:30pm

Location:  These professional training sessions are in the form of a live, interactive webinar. We will send you the link to join the session after your register. The program is presented in conjunction with the Institute for Girls’ Development, Pasadena, CA who will send the link and manage registration.

CE units:  3.0 you must attend both sessions in full to obtain CE credit.  No partial credit can be given.


This 2-part training combines lecture and experiential activity to identify how mental health clinicians can adopt an antiracist stance in their work. Drawing from research and theory related to self-of-the-therapist identity, antiracism, and microaggressions, this training offers strategies clinicians can use to begin unlearning white-centric ways of practicing mental health therapy. Clinicians will strengthen their ability to identify, respond to, and repair harm caused by racial microaggressions.


After taking this course attendees will be able to …

  1. Explain how white supremacy, microaggressions, and antiracism take shape in a mental health therapy context.
  2. List more than one strategy mental health clinicians can use to increase self-awareness surrounding racial identity.
  3. Explain at least one way to respond to microaggressions effectively as the (1) observer, (2) microaggressor, or (3) target.
  4. Describe at least one way to repair harm caused by microaggressions in (1) individual and (2) group therapy settings.

Course Level:  This course would be of most use to practitioners at the beginning to intermediate level.

Cost: There is no charge for this course.  It is an in-house training provided by the Institute for Girls’ Development to its therapists and staff.

Please go to the registration page on the Institute for Girls’ Development website for more details.

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Session 1:  Tuesday, April 13, 2021

12:00-12:05: Introduction, overview of the training (5 minutes)

12:05-12:25: Finding common language in antiracism (defining concepts: equality, equity, liberation; white supremacy; white-centering; intersectionality; microaggressions; antiracism) (20 minutes)

12:25-12:40: Systemic changes on the path toward antiracist mental health practice (15 minutes)

12:40-1:00 Self-of-the-therapist work on the path toward antiracist mental health practice: what white mental health professionals need to understand; resilience strategies for professionals of color (20 minutes)

1:00-1:15: Mindful self-reflective writing activity (15 minutes)

1:15-1:30: Questions and resources (15 minutes)

Session 2:  Tuesday, May 11, 2021

12:00-12:05: Overview of the training (5 minutes)

12:05-12:10: Microaggressions: intent vs. impact (5 minutes)

12:10-12:20: Processing racial microaggressions in an individual therapy setting (10 minutes)

12:20-12:35: Group discussion: Identifying the hidden messages behind racial microaggressions (15 minutes)

12:35-12:50: Responding to microaggressions when you are the observer, microaggressor, or target (15 minutes)

12:50-1:00: Strategies for responding to microaggressions in a group therapy setting (10 minutes)

1:00-1:15: Breakout small group discussion: practice addressing an example racial microaggression (15 minutes)

1:15-1:30: Questions and resources (15 minutes)

LOGISTICS (Sign in/out, evaluations and certificates)

You will be asked to sign in and out of the event using the Chat feature of the webinar platform (SecureVideo). With a completed sign-in/sign-out for both sessions, certificates will be emailed to the address you provide when you register. In addition, you will find a course evaluation in the materials that will be emailed to you when you register. This is a Word document which you can fill in and save. Please do so and return it by email to


Parisa Emam, MS, LMFT, PLLC  is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Washington. Parisa specializes in serving LGBTQIA, BIPOC, and disabled youth and adults in her private practice, and she brings her lived experience as a queer, disabled, mixed-race woman into both her clinical work and training offerings. Her experiences leading an equity and inclusion task force in a mental health agency inform her antiracist trainings.

She has offered trainings in nonprofit and mental health agency settings, graduate school classrooms, and conferences to audiences of therapists, students, youth-serving professionals, and teachers.



Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Psychology accepts APA approval for continuing education credit.  In addition, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for CE activities for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPPCs and/or LEPs.

Outside of California, please check with your licensing board to see whether APA approval is accepted for CE credit in your state. Please contact Dr. Chris Cooper (Illuminated Education CE Coordinator) if you have further questions (626-744-9472;


If there are any accommodations which would be of benefit to you or if you would like a refund after you register, please contact Lisa Brooks, at or 626.585.8075 ext. 115.

For (1) questions about CE credit, or (2) if you have concerns about any aspect of the course or wish to know about the Illuminated Education grievance policy, please contact Dr. Chris Cooper, CE Coordinator, Illuminated Education (626-744-9472 or

For questions about program content please contact Paige Hobey, Director of Community Education and Outreach, at the Institute for Girls’ Development (626-585-8075 ext. 121) or


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