About our Professional Development series
At Clarity Therapy, our passion and purpose is helping people reconnect to themselves and their true purpose.
This philosophy holds true not only in our work with clients, but also for our therapists and mental health professionals in our community.
We proudly nurture the professional growth and development of our clinicians. By learning from experts across disciplines, we apply the latest research, approaches, and best practices to do our most impactful work with clients. Connecting with an ever-growing network of like-minded professionals allows us to recognize and honor the contributions of our colleagues and the work they feel most passionate about sharing with the world.
By providing clients, therapists, and colleagues a safe space to learn and grow, we offer an enriching and vibrant community culture that embraces diversity, fresh perspectives, and challenging the status quo.
2021 seminar programming
Seminars are typically multi-session in nature and span several weeks. Each presentation is an hour in length to account for a didactic portion and open discussion-style forum. Guest presenters receive a stipend for their time and contribution.
If you’d like to be considered as a speaker for our professional development series, please tell us a little bit about yourself on our form. We’re always looking to connect with like-minded colleagues who are passionate about their work.
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Body Justice for Clinicians by Paula D. Atkinson, LICSW
Paula D. Atkinson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, working as a psychotherapist in private practice. She has been working for years with those who suffer from disordered eating, food obsession, exercise compulsion and body image issues. She treats clients with a weight neutral, anti-diet approach. Paula proudly identifies as a body justice activist, teaching courses on the myths of the U.S.’s measures of health, our culture’s thin idealism, and the oppression of large bodies to mental health professionals and as a professor at George Washington University. Paula is a Health At Every Size registered practitioner, a member of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Social Work Boards. The purpose of this training is to provide a brief history into the origins of diet culture and thin idealism and how therapists can help clients re-write their narrative surrounding toxic beauty standards defined by today’s society.
The Intersection of Queer and Racial Trauma by Antoine Crosby, Ph.D
Dr. Antoine Crosby is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, D.C. Dr. Crosby’s clinical experience and passion involves working with ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender minorities across the lifespan, individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, substance use, and other marginalized groups. Currently, Dr. Crosby provides individual and couples psychotherapy through his private practice, Affirmative Spaces. His research and clinical specialty areas include LGBTQ+ mental health, African American Psychology, HIV/AIDS, and working with other marginalized groups.
Research suggests that Black Men Who Have Sex with Other Men (BMSM) experience increased levels of depression, anxiety, social isolation, and substance misuse relative to the general population (Arnold et al., 2014; Fields et al., 2015; Jackson et al., 2020). These reported increases have been attributed to the unique distress this population experiences due to the intersection of their racial/ethnic and sexual orientation identities. The purpose of this training is to explore the complexities present within this intersection, identify how it impacts social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, and gain insight to treatment approaches that may be useful when working with this population. Throughout this interactive learning experience, participants will have the opportunity to discuss case scenarios, identify relevant terminology, and reflect on their work when collaborating with this population.
Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identity Disorder by Dr. Rebeca Gonzalez-Scherman, Psy.D
Dr. Rebeca Gonzalez-Scherman is a New York City based clinical psychologist. She has been in private practice since 2001. In addition to her practice, Dr. Gonzalez-Scherman consults for La Clinica Hispana at Yale Medical School in New Haven, CT. She addresses issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity through the lens of trauma. She holds the position of Chair-Elect for the Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation (for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) and also is on the faculty. She teaches mental health professionals nationally and internationally on the subject of complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
Dr. Gonzalez-Scherman supervises both licensed psychologists and graduate-level interns on issues of complex trauma and on relational trauma, complexities of transference-countertransference configurations, enactments, and the use of psychoanalytic concepts to deepen the work of psychotherapy. Dr.Gonzalez-Scherman believes strongly in the integration of skills-based training/symptoms management with the profound work within the interpersonal field. Following relational psychoanalytic concepts, she adheres to a two-person psychology in understanding and utilizing what happens in the treatment relationship to further the work and create meaningful change for patients (and often for the clinician as well). Most recently, her area of interest is in the use of what she calls therapeutic courage in the consulting room.
During the two one-hour meetings with Clarity Therapy NYC clinicians, we will together explore areas of traumatic experience ranging from what is typically considered “Big T” trauma (PTSD, Complex PTSD) to what is more often considered relational trauma. Patients will typically present with one and/or both kinds of experiences in their lives. From this lens, relational trauma is a fact of living and one we must contend with in the consulting room. We will focus our attention on developing a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma on an individual, their sense of self, and their sense of safety in relationships to others and in the world. This complexity often leaves clients/patients and therapists in a quandary because the act of being in a relationship is fraught with ‘pitfalls’ (which are actually enactments) requiring courage on the part of our patients and often requiring the use of therapeutic courage ourselves.
Working with Transgender, Non Binary, and Gender Expansive Patients in Psychotherapy: A Starting Point by Dr. Alex Crockett, Psy.D