(Self Study, 1.5 CEs) Examining White Privilege/Fragility and Its Impact on the White Identifying Psychotherapists

Cara Gallo-Jermyn MS, BC-DMT/LCAT

(Self-Study, 1.5 CE Contact Hours for LCATs and LMHCs in New York State)

Course Description

Workshop participants will be asked to read Peggy McIntosh's article, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack and Robin D'Angelo's seminal article on White Fragility as preparation for the workshop. Discussion of the concepts of white privilege and fragility will be facilitated and explored critically. There will also be experiential work done to explore how these concepts operate and perform within workshop participants.

Learning Objectives

1) Participants will be able to define and identify white privilege and fragility; what it is, what it means.

2) Participants will begin to understand the impact these concepts have on their lived experience as a therapists and, if applicable, the institutions they work within.

3) Participants will be challenged to think critically about ways to break through their own fragility and leverage their privilege in order to foster justice and equality in their work.



"I appreciated the instructor's persistence in understanding and responding to participants' questions; It was helpful to be reminded that we can’t possibly say we fully understand what someone else is going through."

- Helen Reingold

"I like how Cara was attentive to comments and invited participation. I felt the presentation fostered Increased awareness, accountability, responses and resolutions."

-Jennifer Heinz


Guest Presenter

Cara is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and LCAT in NYC. She completed post-graduate training in the practice of Authentic Movement and Group Psychotherapy. She has been practicing in NYC for the duration of her career, working in psychiatric hospitals, educational settings and non-profits. Presently, she maintains a private practice in Chelsea, NYC. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at the Pratt Institute Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Program and SUNY Empire State College in the Human Services undergraduate studies program. Her current interests, writing and otherwise focus in on examining unconscious bias and how white privilege and fragility performs within the realm of psychotherapeutic practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive the certificate?
Certificates are automatically generated after you have taken an online assessment and course evaluation, and sent to the email you used to enroll in the program.
What if I have more questions?
Contact us at [email protected], and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

A reminder about self-study and continuing education:

In New York State, a self-study course can only equal 1/3 of the required contact hours for your license renewal. So, if your license renews in three years, you will require 36 continuing education contact hours, thus a maximum of 12 of those hours can be self-study. The rest of your contact hours must be live events.

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PLEASE NOTE: While some subject areas overlap in education, a course that includes art therapy directives does not qualify a counselor to practice art therapy, and similarly an art therapist is not qualified to practice as a counselor, without proper licensing. This is a completely self-directed course. Your continuing education contact hours will be attributed on the date that you submit the webform for your certificate of completion.