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First Friday Forum

December 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST

White Fragility – Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism

Presenter Info:   Carol Lee Smith, LICSW, has been in Psychotherapy practice for 30 years, utilizing Adlerian theory, supplemented with Lifespan Integration since 2003.  Paulina Cuevas is from Chile. She holds a M.A. degree in Educational Psychology, is a Certified PK-12 School Counselor, and a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer. She has more than 15 years of experience working as a School Counselor in local and international schools in USA, Chile and China. As a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and a member of Disciplina Positiva Chile team, she has been spreading Adlerian principles through parenting classes and PD certification workshops. After living and spreading PD in China for 5 years, she came to WA and joined Seattle Public Schools district in 2018. She currently continues to offer Positive Discipline Certification trainings in WA as well as in China and Chile.


As many Americans have begun to seriously look at their contributions to racism, a number of books have been published to help white people talk about racism and learn to recognize their part, both aware and unaware.  In this forum presentation, we will utilize the work of Robin Diangelo in WHITE FRAGILITY Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism to guide our discussion.  Other references of interest are, “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, and “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.

Learning Objectives:

1)  Understanding the disbelieving defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged;

2)  Gaining the ability to see and hear your own unintentional racism and aggressions;

3)  Introduction to the idea that racism is a system, not an event;

4) Increased awareness that so-called  “micro-aggressions” are received as aggressions by people of colour.

The forum is free, and Ethics CE hours are available for a small fee.

Everyone is welcome.  All of our monthly Friday Forums are not only for mental-health professionals but also for the rest of us… parents, teachers, and community members who care about connecting and supporting one another.  As Adler said, “The science of the mind can have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being . . . and peace for every human soul.”


Friday, December 6, 7:30 – 9:30+ p.m. The PSAS Board will be meeting until about 7:15 p.m., so kindly time your arrival accordingly.


Free.  CE fees are $10/hr. for members, $15/hr. for others, if needed. Donations are also welcome.

Space is limited, so kindly RSVP to psasadler@gmail.com or 206-527-2566.


December 6, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-8
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Puget Sound Adlerian Society


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