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Virtual Event: Race Matters: Conducting Cross-Racial Conversations with Dr. Kenneth Hardy, PH.D. – Day 3 & 4 (Co-Hort III)

May 9 @ 8:45 am - May 10 @ 5:30 pm

$75.00 – $208.00

Race remains a potent and polarizing issue in all domains of our society and unfortunately, the world of work is no exception. Despite the omnipresence of race in our lives, progressive and meaningful conversations about it remain somewhere between difficult and impossible. Our efforts to talk about race openly and effectively are often characterized by avoidance, discomfort, and awkwardness. Clinicians and other human services workers are often relied upon to navigate many of these difficult conversations and often without the requisite tools to do so.

Sessions three and four of this ongoing series are designed to build on the conceptual framework outlined in the previous meetings. These sessions will be largely experiential and interactive. Participants will be provided with an array of generic and specialized skills that are key to conducting productive and progressive conversations about race. Both sessions three and four will constitute a type of social laboratory where participants will be expected to learn by doing.

The two days will be organized around having difficult dialogues and attendees are expected to have done some prior preliminary work devoted to enhancing one’s sense of racial awareness and sensitivity.

Recommended to have attended:

 Race “Inside” and “Outside” the Therapy Room prior to attending this training – Day 1 and 2

Dr. Hardy is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and trainer. He is the Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City where he maintains a private practice specializing in working with trauma and oppressed populations. Dr. Hardy is the former Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute in New York City, and formerly served on the faculty at Syracuse University where he held numerous positions including Direct of Clinical Training and Research, as well as Chairperson of the Department of Child and Family Studies. He has won considerable acclaim for the contributions that his publications and videotapes have made toward challenging our society to think critically about the hidden but significant connections that often exist between trauma issues of oppression. In addition to his own writing. Dr. Hardy serves on the editorial boards of six publications including the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Family and Psychotherapy, the Journal of Divorce, the Journal of Couples Therapy, the Psychotherapy Networker, and the Journal of Family Counseling. Dr. Hardy, along with a colleague, developed the training manual and curriculum that has been used in New York City to train licensed clinicians in Trauma Based Family Therapy. This program was funded by the September 11th Fund of New York and was co-sponsored with the NYC Mental Health Association. Additionally, he has provided training and consultation to an extensive list of Human Services agencies devoted to providing Trauma-Based, culturally competent care to children, couples, and families. Specializations: Trauma-Based culturally competent care to children, couples, and families. The training will serve as a foundation for Racial Competence through awareness and sensitivity for the behavioral health and social service workforce.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn generic and specialized skills for conducting conversations about race;
  • Learn specific pitfalls that one should avoid when in a racially privileged position
  • Learn the tasks of the racially subjugated to help facilitate meaningful and progressive conversations about race;
  • Learn strategies for developing a deeper understanding of one’s self as a Racial Being.


Who Should attend:

Individuals with interest in addressing racial trauma and racism:
  • Social Workers/Counselors
  • Educators
  • Community Activist
  • Corrections
  • Psychologists
  • Clergy
  • Supervisors
  • Community-Based Providers
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Community Service Boards
  • Residential Providers
  • Private Practices
  • Court/Probation Services


8:45 – 9:00 am  – Registration

9:00 am –  Introductions & Presentation

10:30 am – Break

10:45 am – Presentation

12:00 pm – Lunch on your own

1:15 pm – Presentation

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Presentation

4:30 pm – Debrief /Question & Answer

5:30 pm – Conclusion/Evaluation


Special Needs Request
Participants may request information regarding special needs from Abby Cole – or call 434.220.0333

Registration and Cancellations
Our registration team must receive your registration by May 1, 2022. Space is limited, so register early.

Counseling Alliance of Virginia reserves the right to cancel the workshops due to insufficient enrollment or inclement weather.

All sales are final and non-refundable after April 29, 2022.


May 9 @ 8:45 am
May 10 @ 5:30 pm
$75.00 – $208.00
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Platform: CAVA Zoom
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