Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

AGPS events are a great way to network with wonderful therapists, gain unique, experiential professional development, and make new friends. You don’t need to be a member to attend most trainings; however, as a member, you can take advantage of pricing discounts and access exclusive members-only events. 

Suggestions for Speakers or Topics? Email our Programming Chair.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, September 17, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Event
    • 60
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    Event Description:

    This interactive workshop will focus on using information about how our minds work to help us integrate anti-racism into our clinical work. Attendees will explore common pitfalls in our reasoning, language, behavior, and interactions, and practice leveraging social science in the service of social justice in a rapidly awakening and evolving society.


    Workshop Objectives:

    The participant will be able to:

    • Identify and describe cognitive and behavioral challenges that contribute to biases and inhibit anti-racist action in clinical, professional, and institutional settings

    • Describe and analyze the functions of these challenges in intra- and interpersonal, institutional, and systemic racism

    • Distinguish between psuedo and passive anti-racist actions and actual and intentional anti-racist actions

    • Practice strategies to increase cognitive flexibility and negotiate our own mental barriers around race, racism, and anti-racism


    3 CEUs available for Social Workers, LPCs, LMFTs

    About the presenter:

    Dr. Aziza A. B. Platt is a licensed psychologist providing culturally-responsive individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment. She treats various concerns and specializes in racial-cultural issues, trauma, and grief. She was inspired to get into mental health to contribute to efforts to make therapy more acceptable, accessible, and affordable, particularly for marginalized communities.

    Social justice and liberation are an indelible part of her work. For patients, she aims to eliminate barriers, structural and otherwise, to seeking and receiving quality and culturally competent mental health care, especially for underrepresented and underserved communities. As a practitioner, she strives to help the field and practitioners become increasingly more culturally aware and responsive. As a scientist, she focuses on health disparities and evidence-based research to inform culturally responsive clinical practice. As a consultant, she endeavors to help create culture shifts around cross-cultural engagement toward achieving equity.



AGPS General Event Descriptions

WHAT IS A WORKSHOP?

Workshops are part lesson and part experiential process. Presenters provide education on a topic and insight into how to use techniques in a group therapy setting. The experiential portion often includes a “fishbowl” where participants volunteer to be part of a demonstration group therapy process led by the presenter and observed by other attendees. Finally, participants have time to ask questions and provide observation of the group session.

WHAT ARE DIVERSITY DIALOGUES?

The Diversity Dialogues are a conversation series intended to provide a safe space for mental health professionals to discuss critical topics in regards to race, culture, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, and religion in our community and around the world. Participants can heighten their awareness, become comfortable in engaging in intersectional dialogue, and utilize the understanding obtained to expand beyond cultural competency to the action of social justice.

WHAT ARE INSTITUTES?

Institutes are a highly experiential form of small group teaching led by an experienced leader intended to develop general therapy skills relevant to leading groups. These process-oriented groups are primarily designed for clinical professionals and often offer a chance to explore a particular theme in greater depth or to experience a different theoretical approach. The secure environment allows for rich cognitive and emotional learning about group process and oneself, as well as a chance for personal and professional renewal.

WHAT ARE FRIDAY NIGHT CONVERSATIONS?

These evenings were born from a desire to connect in a more personal setting and discuss meaningful issues affecting our professional lives and identities. They are available to members every few months with varied topics and hosts.

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