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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

White Privilege & Depolarization: A Webinar w/ Louis Hoffman, PhD on Aug 15th!

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White Privilege and Depolarization

Developed and Led by EHI Affiliate Instructor: Louis Hoffman PhD, PSY

Date: August 15, 2020

Time:10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Pacific

Location: Online via Zoom Meeting & Zoom Breakout Rooms

Fee: $35; $20 for Students & Elders (65 and over)*
* We understand that COVID-19 has created economic stress for many, so if you are experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19, the requested fee for webinars in this series is $10 (though no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

CE: $18.50 for 3 Credit Hrs

Please visit the Registration page for the full course description and additional readings and research!


What is White privilege? What are some of the related concepts?

How is White privilege a controversial topic and how/why is there resistance to it?

How can you engage in intrapersonal work related to White privilege with the concept of “zhi mian”?

What are effective interpersonal strategies for depolarizing conversations on White privilege?

The goal of this presentation for therapists is to help them become more aware and able to address issues of White privilege in therapy, supervision, training, and social contexts.

White privilege is a pervasive issue in contemporary culture. However, the topic of White privilege has become highly polarized and even the mention of White privilege in many conversations will evoke defensiveness and anger. In the current sociocultural climate, it is more important than ever for therapists to work with awareness of and skill in addressing this issue and the different feelings it evokes.


The workshop opens with a focus on clarifying White privilege and related concepts, including White supremacy, White fragility, White guilt, color blind and culture-blind racism, cultural humility, tone policing, and other concepts.Consideration will be given to why White privilege is such a controversialtopic and clarifying the resistance to it.

Next we will shift to focusing on intrapersonal aspects of White privilege. First, the concept of “zhi mian” (i.e., to face directly,or face-to-face) will be introduced as a way to engage in intrapersonal work connected to White privilege.  

The third part of the workshop focuses on interpersonal aspects of White privilege. This section will begin with an introduction to the concept of anti-racism, including how this relates to White privilege. Next, Schneider's concepts of the polarized mind and depolarizing will be applied to the concept of White privilege.  

The workshop will conclude with a debriefing and time for final questions and discussion as well as providing resources for individuals who want to continue developing their knowledge and skills pertinent to working with White privilege in psychotherapy, supervision, training, and social settings.


Our Webinars Include Experiential Work!

The August 15th workshop will be both didactic and experiential utilizing Zoom Meeting and Zoom Breakout Rooms; a format that will include attendees being assigned to a small group for the experiential exercises.

This event is designed mainly for licensed or pre-licensed professionals in the therapeutic fields, as well as master's and graduate students in therapeutic programs - psychologists, MFTs, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and doctors are encouraged to attend. Please reach out if you have questions!

Continuing Education Info

CE: 3 CEs*
Additional CE Fee of $18.50 for 3 credit hours (To be submitted during registration); Contact us for more continuing education information at

  • *APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • Accessibility: It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide attendees with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs.
  • Please contact us ahead of time so we can work with you arrange programming to needs. Please contact our Admin, Michelle at program[@] or call us at 415.689.1475 to make arrangements.

Requested Requirements

A Zoom Account with Zoom Desktop Client or Mobile App are needed. Due to the format of this particular event these are both needed to be assigned to a small group to engage in the experiential exercises.


Our Presenter

Louis Hoffman

Louis Hoffman, PhDis a licensed psychologist in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. An avid writer, Dr. Hoffman has published over 100 books chapters and journal articles, and edited/authored over 16 books, including Humanistic Approaches to Multiculturalism and Diversity: Perspectives on Existence and Existential Psychology East-West (Volumes 1 & 2). He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and five of its divisions (1, 10, 32, 36, & 52) for his contributions to the field of professional psychology. Dr. Hoffman is a past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, and the current president of the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association. A co-founder of the International Institute for Existential-Humanistic Psychology (www.iiehp) and the International Conference on Existential Psychology, Dr. Hoffman regularly travels to China to engage in dialogues and offer trainings in existential-humanistic psychology.

Our Co-sponsor

EHI would like to thank The Society of Humanistic Psychology (DIV32 APA) for the continued and whole-hearted support of our online offerings and courses. 

Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology recognizes the full richness of the human experience. Its foundations include philosophical humanism, existentialism and phenomenology. The Society seeks to contribute to psychotherapy, education, theory/philosophy, research, organization, management, social responsibility and change. The Humanistic Psychologist is the society journal, published quarterly.