From Ally to Antiracist

Using Contextual-Behavioral Science to Cultivate Growth and Action as Clinicians and Human Beings

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Jonathan Kanter, PhD Behavioral scientist, trainer, director, Center for the Science of Social Connection
Robyn Gobin, PhD Psychologist, educator, researcher, mindfulness trainer
Daniel Rosen, PhD Psychologist, educator, researcher, trainer

About This Course

All financial proceeds from this course will be donated to the Loveland Foundation, a non-profit therapy fund committed to bringing opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, the Loveland Foundation strives to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities it serves.

Within the mental health community, there is a growing appreciation of the importance of cultural humility in our therapeutic work, as well as increased interest in antiracism training.

In fact, many practitioners have expressed grave concerns about the mental health community’s ability to adapt to the clinical needs of their clients without specifically addressing multiculturalism, diversity, and the obstacles that prevent change.

This new live online course will give you the tools to be more antiracist and culturally humble in your practices.

The course employs a contextual-behavioral model of racism to cultivate personal and professional antiracist action among clinicians of privilege.

You will be guided to understand the contemporary language of racism in terms of contextual-behavioral processes, including:

  • Implicit bias
  • White fragility
  • White privilege
  • Microaggressions
  • White supremacy
Through a series of experiential exercises, you’ll practice using contextual behavioral skills such as acceptance, defusion, self-as-context, values, and committed action to overcome psychological obstacles that obstruct effective antiracist action.

The course will focus in detail on how to create therapeutic relationships across racial differences, prevent microaggressions, and repair connections when harm has occurred. It will also provide guidance in engaging in race-focused content with White clients and overcoming passivity and defensiveness in antiracist work.

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll learn new ways to cultivate growth at both personal and professional levels. You’ll leave with tools to more effectively work with issues of race and racism in therapy and to promote social justice within the mental health community.


Session 1 | February 1, 2021, 3 PM—5 PM EST
Introduction: CBS, values and the goals of antiracism
Session 2 | February 8, 2021, 3 PM—5 PM EST
Implicit bias as a contextual-behaviorist sees it: The roles of anxiety and avoidance
Session 3 | February 22, 2021, 3 PM—5 PM EST
Acceptance, defusion, and mindfulness
Session 4 | March 1, 2021, 3 PM—5 PM EST
Identity, privilege and supremacy: Killing our conceptualized selves
Session 5 | March 8, 2021, 3 PM—5 PM EST
Connecting across differences in moments that matter
Session 6 | March 15, 2021, 3 PM—5 PM EDT
Putting it all together and taking it on the road

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Employ a contextual-behavioral model as the basis of understanding the contemporary language of racism, specifically implicit bias, white fragility, white privilege, white supremacy, and microaggressions.
  2. Discuss how to practice acceptance, defusion, self-as-context, values and committed action to overcome common psychological obstacles to effective antiracist action.
  3. Apply this model and practice to your clinical interactions with White, BIPOC, and other clients with marginalized identities.
  4. Demonstrate in real-play experiential exercises with other participants how to repair connections in the wake of unintended microaggressions and other such punishing interactions.
  5. Increase your ability to respond flexibly, guided by values rather than defensiveness, when engaged in dialogue about privilege, differences, race and racism.
  6. Identify ways to advance culturally responsive practice and the promotion of social justice within ACBS.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 12 CE Hours by the following:

  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses
  • APA - Psychologist: Institute for Better Health, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health, Inc maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
  • NY State: Social Worker, Counselor, & Psychologists




Open to any mental health professionals wishing to deepen their commit to antiracist action and therapeutic cultural humility. (Beginner-Advance level)

Recommended Reading


Kanter, J. W., Williams, M. T., Kuczynski, A. M., Corey, M. D., Parigoris, R. M., Carey, C. M., … & Rosen, D. C. (2020). The Measurement and Structure of Microaggressive Communications by White People Against Black People. Race and Social Problems, 12(4), 323-343.

Kanter, J.W., Rosen, D.C., Manbeck, K.E., Branstetter, H. M. L., Kuczynski, A. M., Corey, M. D., Maitland, D. W. M., & Williams, M. T. (2020). Addressing microaggressions in racially charged patient-provider interactions: a pilot randomized trial. BMC Medical Education, 20, 88.

Kanter, J. W., Williams, M. T., Kuczynski, A. M., Manbeck, K., Debreaux, M., & Rosen, D. (2017). A preliminary report on the relationship between microaggressions against Black people and racism among White college students. Race and Social Problems, 9(4), 291-299.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.