Understanding White Fragility and Its Impact on Clinical Work

Event has passed (Sat Nov 4, 2017 - Sat Nov 4, 2017)
Preservation Park
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 from 9am-3pm
$75 - $150


Sat, Nov 4, 2017 from 9am-3pm

The Psychotherapy Institute welcomes author and educator Dr. Robin DiAngelo to our Fall Symposium for a timely discussion on white fragility and its impact on clinical work. Dr. DiAngelo will be joined by Zonya Johnson, PhD, Beverly Burch, PhD, LCSW, and Lyman Hollins, M.A., to examine the meanings of racial dynamics in the context of the clinical encounter.

Rarely will one find an analysis of racial dynamics so significant, and with so many implications for clinical work, as in DiAngelo's groundbreaking book "White Fragility." Framing white fragility as a "lack of racial stamina," we might conceptualize the notion, psychodynamically, as a learned defense against racial stress, requiring a process of working through in order to move beyond.

CE units available.

Robin DiAngelo, PhD, is a consultant in race relations and racial justice. She co-designed the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training and has written "What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy" and "White Fragility," which has influenced the national dialogue on race with features in NPR, The New York Times, Colorlines, and more.

Zonya Johnson, PhD, is a psychologist and educator who offers coaching to facilitate cultural competence and awareness. She graduated from University of Michigan and Boston University.

Beverly Burch, PhD, LCSW, serves as the V.P. of TPI and teaches and supervises at TPI and The Sanville Institute. Her books "On Intimate Terms" and "Other Women" address gender, sexuality, and psychodynamic theory.

Lyman Hollins, M.A., is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Wright Institute and has collaborated in developing the school's Multicultural Awareness Course. He offers facilitation and training services engaging in issues of difference, inclusivity, and cultural humility.

For 45 years, TPI has provided affordable psychotherapy to Bay Area residents as well as continuing education and advanced training to psychotherapists.


  1. Preservation Park 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA