What can therapists do to encourage beneficial discussions around race going on in their practices? How can you be a genuine ally? What does it mean to properly agree to disagree?
In this podcast episode takeover, LaToya Smith speaks with Stephanie Broadnax Broussard about seeing all of each other.
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Meet Stephanie Broadnax Broussard
Stephanie Broadnax Broussard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Advanced Certified Hospice, and Palliative Care Social Worker (ACHP-SW). Stephanie is also a Certified Advanced Care Planning Facilitator and Trainer and enjoys educating the community and other clinicians on the importance of communication and having difficult conversations with patients.
Her passion for helping others navigate the complexities of life led her to Palliative Care where she specializes in helping patients and their families cope with illnesses and life transitions.
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In This Podcast
- Dealing with rejection by using your own voice
- Willful ignorance
- How can two people see eye to eye when there is disagreement?
- What therapists can do to keep the conversation going
Dealing with rejection by using your own voice?
In a racially tense community, both LaToya and Stephanie have experienced rejection on the basis of their race and to combat this and create a safer space around themselves as well as others, they vocalize it when it happens.
I think one of the things that I feel like I have had to learn to really do is to be vocal and be comfortable presenting my whole self. (Stephanie Broadnax Broussard)
You present all of yourself, your voice, your language, your style, everything. Some people may, unconsciously or not, present microaggressions – you can call them out on it and speak up about it because silence can be oppression.
There is simply too much information available out there now for people with privilege to claim ignorance over racial topics. Everyone has some amount or kind of privilege that they can use to benefit others and be allies to them in this way – and they should learn from those around them how to use it, but not expect people to teach them and do all the learning work for them.
There is action behind your words, and through being vocal you can help to hold space for people around you, as well as for yourself. When you neglect the people that you can hold space for and stand alongside, you fail them more than you help them.
How can two people see eye to eye when there is disagreement?
First of all, you need to be adults. There needs to be respect for the differences of opinion but do not waiver on your human principles.
Some people may choose to be willfully ignorant on some topics when they do not want to understand it from another perspective. They are being ignorant and then choose not to work in their biases. This is where you can show up, be teachable, and listen with integrity and sincerity.
What therapists can do to keep the conversation going
- Look at your privilege and explore it. Notice how you benefit from some systems over others and then you can become an active change agent to equalize the playing field.
- Be more concerned about equality and equity than the power you hold.
- Call things out when you see them, especially within your inner circles, because it creates ripple effects.
- Advocate outside the system you are in and expand your reach beyond your circle.
- Be vocal on social media and wherever you see it is needed, not just where it is close to you.
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Meet LaToya Smith
LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. She encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcome.
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