This workshop, "Examining Microaggressions and Building Cultural Empathy through the Historical Lens of the African American Experience" is entirely focused on the American experience for African Americans and other marginalized groups. We will examine the presence of microaggressions which include verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious slights and insults which target a person or group. Because of the great diversity among clients in psychotherapy, we are focusing this workshop on importance of cultural empathy. We will examine the historical issue of slavery and its relevance to today's racial tensions, including historical trauma and the long-term effects of slavery. Finally, we will examine poetry's contribution to understanding those of diverse backgrounds.
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