Raising the Color Bar: Thinking about Race in the Dyad from a Relational Perspective
Yvette Esprey, M.A.


This course focuses on issues of race as they manifest within the clinical dyad. Adopting a relational approach, the course will consider how the racial identities and histories of both therapist and client impact on the mutually constructed analytic space. In particular, close attention will be paid to how thinking and basic analytic skills of empathy and mentalization may be impacted on when race enters the room. Drawing on current literature and clinical examples, the course will invite participants to consider how and when to engage with race in the room.