Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy for Racial Justice
Presented by the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care and the Continuing Education Taskforce of ACPE
Our country once again finds itself at a painful inflection point in its ongoing struggle with the legacy of slavery and racial prejudice. The pains and fears of this historical moment come into the consulting room through the lives of clients and therapists alike. For therapists working at the intersection of spirituality and psychology, the healing of individuals and the healing of society form twin goals that do not always mesh easily.In this event a diverse and accomplished panel of psychotherapists present their own experiences and hard-earned wisdom on the challenges of offering psychotherapy that promotes racial healing.
Increase participants’ ability to offer spiritually-integrated psychotherapy that promotes racial justice
Raise participants’ awareness of issues of racial justice that arise in counseling sessions
Increase participants’ knowledge of the impact of racism on mental health;
Expose participants to a range of racial perspectives on issues of spiritually-integrated psychotherapy
9:00 Welcome, Overview of Program, Introductions
9:30 Panel Introductions
9:45 Presentations by Panelists
10:15 Conversation among the Panelists
10:45 Break (participants send in questions)
11:00 Q&A with Panelists
11:40 Panelists’ Closing Remarks
11:50 Housekeeping Matters (evaluations and CEs)
Jessica Young Brown
Assistant Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University
Dr. Jessica Young Brown, is Assistant Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and the Vice-President of the Board of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Theology. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the owner of Choices to Change, LLC, in Richmond, Virginia.
Douglas M. Thorpe
Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care
The Rev. Dr. Douglas M. Thorpe, ACPE Psychotherapist and Executive Director of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care. Although Dr. Thorpe considers Chicago his home, he spent half of his childhood and youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo, giving him an abiding interest in the intersections of race, culture, spirituality, and health.
Virginia South Psychiatric and Family Services
Dr. Walid Fawaz, also wears many hats as an attending psychiatrist and/or medical director in four different settings. Dr. Fawaz trained as a psychiatrist in Tanta, Egypt, before doing research in Seattle and New York, then coming to Virginia to practice. His extensive list of publications points to his wide-ranging interests in psychiatry.
The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care
The Rev. Dr. Charles F. Ledlum-Bates is Superintendent of the Rappahannock District, Virginia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church, and a member of the Associate Staff of The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care. Dr. Bates brings to this panel not only his pastoral heart and clinical acumen, but also his international experience as a native of Liberia.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. Marlene Fuller wears a number of hats as the Pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Senior Counselor at The Healing Place, and founder and director of LEAP,LLC, in Richmond, where she provides counseling, spiritual direction, and life coaching to individuals and small groups. She also has more than 25 years of business leadership in the financial services industry.