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Navigating Racist Comments in Therapy

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Daphne Fatter, PhD
1 Hour 07 Minutes
Feb 23, 2023
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“Did you really just say that?” When racist comments are spoken in a psychotherapy session it can throw us off guard, leave us unsure of what to say, and potentially compromise the therapeutic alliance. There is a critical choice to be made in how we respond – one few of us ever learned in grad school. View this session to discover how to handle this often-avoided discussion with specific strategies for responding to clients who make racist statements in therapy. Plus you’ll learn how therapists can repair the therapeutic relationship if they’ve inadvertently committed a microaggression.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Daphne Fatter, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, and clinical IFS consultant. She is also certified in EMDR and has completed advanced training in cognitive processing therapy. She was awarded her doctorate in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Trauma Center, an affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, under the direct supervision of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. She is the former military sexual trauma coordinator at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She speaks to mental health clinicians internationally providing engaging continuing education on nuances on trauma treatment from her seasoned clinical experience treating PTSD and complex trauma. She is in private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Daphne Fatter maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Daphne Fatter is a member of the American Psychological Association, the EMDR International Association, and the Texas Psychological Association.



  1. Analyze key considerations in working with racism as a clinical and ethical concern in clients who hold racist ideas and narratives.
  2. Employ practical responses to clients who make racist comments in therapy that can protect the therapeutic alliance while also working to increase racial insight and awareness.
  3. Utilize repair strategies when the therapist makes racist comments in therapy.


  • Review of Ethical Standards
  • Discussion of Risks and Limitations
  • Current Research
  • Navigating Therapy when Clients Make Racial Microaggressions
  • Navigating Therapy When Therapists Make Racial Microaggressions
  • Recommendations for Training, Supervision, & Clinical Practice

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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