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Theory, Practice and the Racial Cultural Complex; A personal/professional confluence of knowing with Cathy Henschel-McGerry, MA, LMHC and Walter McGerry, MA, LMHC

Theory, Practice and the Racial Cultural Complex; A personal/professional confluence of knowing with Cathy Henschel-McGerry, MA, LMHC and Walter McGerry, MA, LMHC Date: 2022-01-09 10:15 to 12:15
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Theory, Practice and the Racial Cultural Complex; A personal/professional confluence of knowing with Cathy Henschel-McGerry, MA, LMHC and Walter McGerry, MA, LMHC

Sunday, January 9, 2022 10:15am to 12:15pm
Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:15am to 12:15pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022 10:15am to 12:15pm
Sunday, February 20, 2022 10:15am to 12:15pm
Sunday, March 6, 2022 10:15am to 12:15pm
Sunday, March 20, 2022 10:15am to 12:15pm
via Zoom
Sponsored by: 
Alliance

We understand that race is a social construct and not biological. We see that the invention of whiteness in the US has created a
disturbance in the US American collective psyche. Talking honestly about race continues to be awkward, uncomfortable
and taboo.


As clinicians we are uniquely poised to influence our client’s awareness of their self images, object relations, and internal
structures. This seminar asks us to explore and consider the added layer of the racial complex and how it influences this awareness and impacts mental health.


This six session seminar is designed to call clinicians in to become aware of and work with their racial cultural complex. We
will be utilizing the self of the therapist as we explore the conceptual material in order to ground it in direct experience.The
racial cultural complex is a concept developed by Jungian analyst Dr. Fanny Brewster whose work in this area will guide us
as we uncover its effects in our lives, our training and our practice.


Each session will build on the previous, developing knowledge and direct, personal and professional experience of the racial
cultural complex. Participants will learn how this particular complex functions within the scope of their own theoretical
orientations, and experience how we can become liberated in moments from its limitations.

This course will include didactic presentation with an emphasis on personal exploration of these issues, using journaling, inquiry,
and group discussion in the context of participants’ theoretical orientation and work with patients.

All participants will closely follow one of their own cases throughout the seminar through the lens of the racial cultural
complex. One participant will share their case for group consultation at the fifth session.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will;
• be able to articulate the difference between a personal complex and a cultural complex.
• be able to articulate an understanding of the racial cultural complex.
• have experience in recognizing the effects of the racial cultural complex in their lives, their practice and their training.
• have experience in consulting on a case with special awareness as to how the racial cultural complex is in play.
• be able to see the racial cultural complex at work even in a situation where all participants are of the same race.

Cathy Henschel-McGerry, MA, LMHC has been in practice 40 years, working with individuals, couples and groups drawing on
transpersonal and psychoanalytic paradigms of the human condition. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch
University since 1995, in the graduate psychology program’s clinical track. She has taught theory & practice classes and case
consultation for students in their internships. She has presented at theory and ethics trainings in Seattle and Minnesota. With
Walter, Cathy has facilitated white racial literacy groups specifically for white therapists since 2017. Together, they have
presented ethics trainings for clinicians who wish to deepen their understanding of ‘whiteness’ as it affects the psychotherapeutic
field since 2018. She volunteers at Refugees Northwest conducting psychological evaluations for people seeking asylum in the U.S. from torture in their home countries. Cathy is a member of the Jungian Psychotherapy Association and the NWAPS in Seattle.


Walter McGerry, MA, LMHC (he/him) Reflecting on the human condition and the mysteries of the human soul has been Walter’s lifelong career. Before coming to psychotherapy he was an artist and art teacher. The cornerstone of his practice as a psychotherapist, which began over 40 years ago, and his own personal work, is love; informed by Jungian, post Jungian, Buddhist and Sufi thought, Kashmir Shaivism, and the thinking and practices of W. B. Yeats. He first met his Jungian and transpersonal mentor in a dream in 1993. Dream work has been his modality ever since. His work is in recognizing the client’s relationship to psyche, which is a transpersonal, eternal, objective reality, and reflecting on it internally and with the client. Walter taught Theories and Practice and Case Consultation at Antioch University Seattle’s graduate psychology program for 17
years. He taught at Cornish College of the Arts, The Seattle Jung Society and has presented at Bastyr University, Seattle
Counseling Association and the Jungian Psychotherapist Association. He was one of the founders of Breaking White Silence Northwest in 2016 and has been in an ongoing accountability group since. With Cathy, he has offered white racial literacy groups for white therapists every quarter starting in March, 2017.

Max registration: 15 (Registration closes on 1/7/22)

Fees: Alliance members $240; Non-members $300

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $10 handling fee will be given up until one week before the class.

This presentation has been approved for a total of 12.00 CE’s for licensed mental health counselors and associates, marriage and family therapists and social workers by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work. 

CEs: 
12.00
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