Austin Group Psychotherapy Society
Diversity: Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Hosted by: Lavanya Shankar, Ph.D.
The purpose of this Friday Night Conversation isto provide a space for the honest exploration of the concept and value of diversity in our individual lives and as a community. We often say we value and want more diversity, but why do we, especially when inviting more diversity can bring discomfort and can upset the status quo? How do you feel about people who think and choose differently than you? We’ll explore what the idea of differences brings up in us, and we’ll have the opportunity to explore the contradictions and inner struggles that emerge with the idea of differences. There is room for this conversation to get messy as we wade through all these ideas so come ready for an open exploration.
Define and explore the concept of diversity
Understand what the idea of difference brings up in the participant
Identify what resistances emerge in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our community
Bring clarity to what participants want in terms of diversity within their own lives and within our community
The participant will be able to: Have a clearer understanding of the value of diversity and begin to untangle the inner conflicts around the idea of difference.
About the Presenter:
Lavanya Shankar, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice working with individuals, couples and groups. She specializes in trauma, grief and cultivating healthy relationships. She has a particular interest in raising awareness and facilitating conversations related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Austin Group Psychotherapy SocietyP.O. Box 684434Austin, TX 78768-4434
An Affiliate Society of the American Group Psychotherapy Association