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When the Other is in the Room: Perspectives from Women Psychotherapists of Color

In this presentation we will discuss the ways in which the social location of women psychotherapists of color comes alive in session through their own experience of themselves, their own relationship with the world and personal narratives. We will also pay special attention to the client’s use of the therapist of color as a way to further deepening the process or to defensively stay away from connecting with difference. This will be an opportunity to reflect on our own ways of relating to race, difference and our level of comfort in opening this level of exploration in the therapeutic encounter.


Merari Fernandez Castro a Clinical Social Worker in solo private practice in Chicago and a doctoral student at the ICSW. Throughout her work at various community agencies and private practice settings, she has developed an interest in working with individuals experiencing complicated traumatic life experiences as well as in the body’s response to suffering. She is also interested in the intersection of social justice, feminism, cultural identity, immigration and the experience of the unconscious.

Ida Roldán, Ph.D., is Acting Dean at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and of the National Training Program for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in New York.  She also has a private practice in Chicago where she provides psychoanalytic treatment and consultation.  Dr. Roldán is active in professional and community organizations serving disenfranchised populations.  Her area of interest is on the intrapsychic impact of societal and institutional racism, oppression, and discrimination on marginalized populations.

When & Where

Friday, June 29, 2018
9:00 – 12:00 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $50.00 / $40.00 (Full-time student & clinician rate)

Please email Sebastién Beaudet for reduced rate.

THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – to stream this event, please complete registration and then contact Sebastién Beaudet.

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.

The Institute for Clinical Social Work, License # 159-0000152, is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)


For questions or more information contact LaTrina Gamer or (312) 935-4245.

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