Have you wanted to be able to have a conversation about race but not really known how? Or have you wanted to help your clients feel comfortable in talking to you about race? While many of us recognize that racism is a big problem in the United States, we tend to be uncomfortable discussing race. This is because such discussions can easily morph into unproductive heated clashes. To help us be able to have these difficult conversations, Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D. has developed a model which he shared in his talk “Race Inside and Outside the Therapy Room” at the 2015 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.
In a nutshell, to engage in an effective conversation about race, Dr Hardy recommends adequate preparation plus taking on a few tasks which vary according to whether your role is that of privilege or subjugator.