The Antioch University New England PsyD in Clinical Psychology program was excited to have nationally recognized thought leader and innovator in psychotherapy and in advocacy for women, Dr. Judith Jordan, as the Field Supervisors Day speaker for an online presentation on Relational Cultural Therapy. Dr. Jordan is one of the original members of the working group of women scholars, clinicians, and activists who began reconceptualizing human development, psychotherapy, and our whole societal way of viewing people in the 1970’s at Wellesley College in the Stone Center. Work there is still ongoing.
Dr. Jordan addressed the history and ongoing struggle of this relational way of viewing human beings that calls for changes on both a micro and macro level, attending particularly to our current cultural context of the pandemic and political divisiveness. The complicated issues of shame that can be so prevalent, mutual empathy, boundaries, and isolation were all themes interwoven throughout her talk. Her latest book, Relational Cultural Therapy, is part of the American Psychological Association’s series on theories of psychotherapy.
“Field Supervisors Day is our Department’s way of bringing together students, practicum supervisors, and faculty as the training community that is vital to our ongoing mission of excellent clinical training,” said Dr. Lorraine Mangione, Professor and Director of Practica. “Even online, the thought-provoking and reflective questions and comments from our community for Dr. Jordan were reminders of the values and our hopes for training and education as clinical psychologists.”
Field Supervisors Day was Thursday, February 18, 2021.