Power and Privilege: Implications for Family Treatment

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Lisa Christian, MSW, LCSW

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, North Carolina training groups, Zoom Web Conference Training
Thursday, February 11th, 2021, North Carolina training groups, Zoom Web Conference Training
Friday, February 12th, 2021, North Carolina training groups, Zoom Web Conference Training

This interactive, multifaceted workshop addresses the often overlooked but highly impactful issues of power and privilege within the context of family therapy.  It is important for family-based clinicians to recognize and acknowledge power and privilege because these forces are powerful shapers of family member relationships to one another, with their communities, and with helping professionals.   Many of the children and families treated in intensive, in-home programs regularly experience marginalization based on social class, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, health status, and/or sexual orientation.  This training helps clinicians recognize and attune to “hidden” or unacknowledged systemic structural issues maintaining and promulgating marginalization. Particular attention is given to how these issues can impact the treatment of male youth of color.

The concept of microaggression is defined and demonstrated, along with identifying microaggression subtypes.  Clinicians are helped to appreciate the cumulative impacts of microaggressions on family members who occupy marginalized positions.  Toward this end, the issues of power and privilege,  as well as stigmatized and disenfranchised loss, are discussed through a trauma-focused lens.

A third major focus in this workshop is to highlight protective factors that promote and build resilience in children and their families.  Strategies are described for marshalling these protective factors in treatment when addressing negative patterns related to power and privilege in families. The intersectionality of multiple systems including Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Child Welfare and Education will be explored through multiple contexts using case examples.


As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Recognize differential power and privilege status in families and in their interactions with community systems
  2. Define microaggressions and identify microaggression subtypes
  3. Identify three aspects of disenfranchised loss/grief.
  4. Identify the cultural, religious, and gender implications of stigmatized loss.
  5. Describe protective factors and intervention strategies that promote resilience in families negatively impacted by issues of power and privilege

About The Trainer

Lisa Christian is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She completed a post graduate training program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center (PCFTTC) where she is a faculty member.  She is employed full time at the Anti Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) and has been working in the area of victim’s services for the past 5-years.  At AVP she provides in-office individual and family therapy as well as in school counseling, trauma focused crisis response, clinical consultation, training and support to middle/high school students and faculty impacted by violence and violent crime. She also provides clinical supervision, training and support to the Philadelphia (CARES) Peer Crisis Response Program.  Prior to her work in victim services, she worked in varied capacities with homeless adolescents and families for 26-years. She has an extensive background as a trainer, group and workshop facilitator. Her engaging and interactive teaching style incorporates more than 30-years of work as a practitioner in homeless as well as victim services.

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