February 21st, 2021

RPA Town Hall #2: COVID-19: Present-Day Societal Challenges in the Local Context

Sunday, February 21,  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Moderated by: John Stover, PhD

This Town Hall discussion is a follow-up to Part 1 held on January 24th where the topic“Racial Injustice: Understanding Modern Societal Challenges thru a Local Lens” was moderated by Dr. John Stover, local sociologist.

As recently featured in both a Politico Audio Briefing (1/12/21) and an NPR interview (1/19/21), documentary filmmaker Ken Burns identified “three viruses” plaguing America: “a year-old COVID-19 virus, …a 402-year-old virus of white supremacy [and] racial injustice. … [and] an age-old human virus of misinformation, of paranoia, of conspiracies.” In this three-part series, we will explore questions such as:

  • What has been the local impact of these “three viruses”?
  • To what extent have they impacted our personal and professional lives?
  • Which communities have been most impacted by these challenges and why?
  • How do we build community across ideological divides?
  • What is the role of empathy and understanding when obvious realities are ignored?

National crises have local impacts and in this gathering we will explore how these events are impacting our communities and practices. Board Members Annie Babin, PsyD and Don Talley, PhD will co-host a guided, facilitated, and supported conversation with RPA members on how the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 has affected our personal lives and clinical work. Returning and first-time participation is highly encouraged as we collectively seek to undercover shared perspectives and constructive responses.

April 11th, 2021

Anti-Racism to Liberation Psychology: A Deeper Exploration

Sunday, April 11,  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

PRESENTER: Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD

This course is a follow up to our VERY POPULAR workshop with Dr. Bryant-Davis , Anti-Racism Therapy: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence.

This workshop will explore the key principles of cultural humility, anti-racism, and social justice oriented psychotherapy. Attendees will receive insights into the key principles of liberation psychology, decolonizing psychology, and multicultural feminist therapy, with special attention given to intersectionality and anti-Black racism. This presentation will provide significant considerations for case conceptualization and intervention strategies. Therapists will finally learn how to recognize and address racial battle fatigue within themselves and their clients.

This 90-minute training is for beginner and advanced clinicians, as most training programs have not offered training in anti-racism therapeutic practice.

1.5 CE Credits will be available for PURCHASE at checkout.

About the Presenter:

Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD is a licensed psychologist, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, and director of the Culture and Trauma research lab. She is a past psychology representative to the United Nations and a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. Dr. Bryant-Davis has publishedjj and presented on the societal trauma of racism and anti-racism therapy. She is author of the book Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A multicultural guide and co-editor of the book Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies. The California Psychological Association honored Dr. Bryant-Davis as Distinguished Scholar of the Year.

The Redwood Psychological Association, a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA)*, is an organization for psychologists. We are located in Sonoma County, serving Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties and the Redwood Empire.

*CPA is co-sponsoring this event with the Redwood Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The BBS also recognizes CPA CE credit for their licenses.


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