Power Dynamics in the Facilitating Environment - The Affirmative Couch

Power Dynamics in the Facilitating Environment

Presenter: Melissa Dellens, MA

6 CEs

November 7, 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific (1 hour lunch 1:00-2:00)

Two rainbow heads on black background representing the coming together of community psychology and psychodynamic theory with regards to LGBTQIA+, consensually nonmonogamous, and kink communities

$150

Maximum Registration for the Live Event: 100

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Course Description

Abstract:

Community psychology emerged in reaction to clinical psychotherapy; with a fervent belief that if  mental health problems are related to the misuse of power at systemic and institutional levels then individual psychotherapy is not the answer. Community psychology believes interventions in a dyadic relationship do not begin to meet the greater unmet needs of the collective.  We will explore this assertion from a perspective of psychodynamically-informed psychotherapy. Winnicott theorized that the caregiver’s facilitating environment makes developmental processes possible. We will extend the facilitating environment beyond the caregiving relationship through each level of  Brofenbrenner’s ecological model and fold in Prilleltensky’s (2008) principles of power. By containing and exploring the deep conflicts between community and clinical psychology, we may begin to understand some of the unmet needs of LGBTQIA+, consensually non-monogamous, and kinky clients seeking mental health care.  When we bring together multiple theories in both fields, participants can take the best of what both have to offer. Together, we will explore how therapists can make a deeper sense of personal, organizational, and systemic power in a variety of clinical settings to create safer and more affirming environments. 

Learning Objectives:

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • List 3 conflicts between community psychology and clinical psychology that may inform why LGBTQIA+, consensually non monogamous, and kinky clients may be hesitant to seek out mental health treatment. 
  • Describe how the multiple levels of Brofenbrenner’s ecological model inform and expand a caregiver’s facilitating environment. 
  • Discuss how Prilleltensky conceptualizes the movement of power through multiple levels of community. 
  • Explain elements of organizational empowerment theory and identify conscious and unconscious power dynamics at play with their clients.
  • Identify two ways unconscious power has limited the liberation and well being of LGBTQIA+, CNM, and kinky clients. 
  • Apply at least one action to create an increasingly affirmative space for LGBTQIA+, CNM, and kinky clients in their care.

6 CEs

Who should take this course:

Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Registered Dietitians, and other professionals interested in the intersection of community and clinical psychology 


$150

Buy Now

Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $120 (Use coupon code: PowerNP120 at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $60 (Use coupon code: PowerPL60 at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships:

Annual Membership

 

Lifetime Membership


Continuing Education Approvals

APA ApprovedThe Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Course Outline

Module 1 Module 1 - Live Event
Unit 1 Zoom Registration Info
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