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The Philosophical Foundations of Relational Psychotherapy and Social Justice in our Society (4 CE)
Friday, October 14, 2022, 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Affiliate Programs

Mercer County Psychological Association Presents:
The Philosophical Foundations of Relational Psychotherapy and Social Justice in our Society (3 CE)

Presented by: Norbert A. Wetzel, Princeton Family Institute, www.princetonfamily.com

Date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Time:  9:15 – 1:00 (Program 9:30-11:30, 30-minute break at 11:30 am, Program 12-1)
Venue: Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ/Zoom if necessary (link sent just prior to workshop)

Register: https://mercerpsych.org/calendar/  (Member discounts will be taken automatically, no need to enter discount codes, for members in good standing).

Cost of Program:  

Members - $75
Student Members - $25
Non-Members - $100
Cost includes program If in person, cost will include light refreshments

Additional Fees:   CE credits: 4 CE available for Psychologists at an additional charge through NJPA. Fees: NJPA Member $15, Non-Members $25 and Sustaining Members are free.
You must attend the entire program to be eligible for CE credits. 

Level of Learning: Introductory - Previous knowledge of content is not necessary 

Target Audience – Mental Health Professionals 

Program Narrative:

This workshop re-considers the Philosophical Foundation of Psychotherapy and relates it to advocating for social justice in our society across many cultural and social contexts. 

We will look at the need to reactivate the “Relational View” defining us as individuals within relationships to others. As related individuals, we will examine how we are co-defined by our intimate partners and our families and by cultural/racial, socio-economic, and gender-related contexts. We will also go beyond Western/European philosophical thinking and learn about Indigenous cultures, Latinx cultures, Asian cultures, African cultures (Ubuntu), and about sexual others, i.e., LGBTQ+ and transgender individuals. 

As psychotherapists and related individuals we will consider the importance of being highly sensitive to social justice “systemically” in the US. Among the topics to be considered are the following:  the constant vulnerability of people affected by incredible economic disparities and exploitations; people of diverse racial/cultural, economic, sexual or gender background getting vastly different treatment in health care; and the prison (in)justice system, housing policy, educational systems, the voting processes, immigration systems, the disability process and social security systems as they profoundly affect the “related individuals” we treat. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to learn and practice:

  1. Participants will be able to identify how clients can be viewed as more than individual, as a  profoundly connected persons co-defined by their relationships to “others”.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the mutual relational influences between client and therapist and how both client and therapist are transformed.
  3. Participants will be able to understand clients as more than individuals; as  profoundly connected persons co-defined by their relationships to “others”.
  4. Participants will learn about relational thinking and be able to identify the mutual relational influences between client and therapist and how both client and therapist are transformed.
  5. Participants will be able to identify clients’ sensitivity to their multiple contexts and specific communities.
  6. Participants will be able to differentiate Western thinking from Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and African cultures, as well as from gender-related, sexual and religious “Otherness”.
  7. Participants will be able to identify the systemic processes of racial injustice and gender diversity in areas such as health care, the legal (in)justice, US government systems, educational institutions, voting processes and housing systems.
  8. Participants will be able to identify ways that racism and white supremacy can be addressed in clinical practice to promote more comprehensive  relational healing. 

Refund Policy
A refund is available if cancellation is received 3 business days in advance, minus a $10 processing fee.  If you need to cancel, contact Karen Cohen at [email protected]  

Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support: None

Disability accommodations are available upon request made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact Dr. Karen Cohen. [email protected] 

Register online: Register online: https://mercerpsych.org/calendar/

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

Presenter Bio:
Norbert A. Wetzel, ThD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist (# 35 SI 00263700) and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (# 37 FI 00070400) with over 40 years of experience working with couples, families, and individuals as well as teaching Family Systems Therapy in Europe and at Rutgers University. He co-founded Princeton Family Institute in 1982 and was Director of Training at the Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Inc. (1994 - 2004). Norbert is a native of Germany, who experienced World War II as a child and grew up in Southern Germany. After a study period in the US, he started practicing and teaching Couples and Family Therapy at the Family Institute of the University of Heidelberg Medical School. From 1980 – 1991 he taught Couples and Family Therapy at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. In 2017 he taught a course there again titled "Therapy with People in Marginalized Communities". This course was based on more than 20 years of work and training of counselors at NJ inner-city schools as Director of Training at The Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Inc.