Killing of unarmed Black men, the Muslim ban, fear of immigrants, racism on college campuses, and xenophobia are reasons why counselors need to facilitate difficult and challenging race dialogues. The four presenters from different racial and gender groups discuss the realities of facilitating difficult race dialogues examining power dynamics, resistance, strong emotional responses, privilege, and consequences. Recommendations will be provided in this interactive session.
Participants will gain skills and techniques in facilitating highly charged and difficult conversations related to race and learn how to create safe and brave spaces to ensure all voices are heard.
The presentation will provide recommendations on how to identify resistant behavior and how to effectively handle resistance as well as recommendations on how to handle cultural and racial countertransference, and understand racial identity, biases, privileges and prejudices as they impact the facilitation of difficult race dialogues.
Training counselor to facilitate challenging race dialogues will assist in working with racial biases, tensions, and prejudices that will assistcounselor trainees, supervisors, counselor educators and clients in becoming more racially sensitive and accepting and honoring people from racial groups different than their own.