VIDEO: Ken Hardy on the Assaulted Sense of Self

Voicelessness in Black America

Ken Hardy • 9/12/2018 • 1 Comment

How much has the therapy profession confronted race in America? At what point do therapists need to join the conversation? And how might they do so?

When people of color are continuously denied basic respect and humanity, says therapist Ken Hardy, they experience what he calls "The Assaulted Sense of Self." And, he adds, it's something that should make all therapists take notice.

In the following video clip from Hardy's 2016 Networker Symposium address, "The View from Black America," he makes a powerful call to action for therapists to address race in and outside of their offices.

Kenneth Hardy, PhD, is director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of marriage and family therapy at Drexel University.

As therapists, Ken says, we have a duty to give a voice to the voiceless and address race, no matter how uncomfortable it might be to do so. Taking this courageous step could make the difference between helping a client overcome their trauma and letting those who desperately need us as allies slip through the cracks.

"Our work is what we do to make sure that we leave this planet a little bit better, a little more advanced," Hardy says. "So even if it isn't your job, I hope you'd make talking about race your work."


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Did you enjoy this video? Check out Hardy's article "The View from Black America," in which he recounts his own tumultuous and empowering journey as a black therapist, and "The Attack on Diversity," where he shares some small ways we can all make a big difference.

Topic: Cultural, Social & Racial Issues

Tags: black issues | inequality | inner city | Kenneth Hardy | Networker Symposium | Personal & Professional Development | race | race in therapy | race relations | Symposium | trust

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 11:00:39 AM | posted by G. Isaac Pease II MSW
Kenneth Hardy is one of the best modern day thinkers showing us, not just telling us there are solutions to the resolution of systemic and institutional racism and its devastating choke hold it has on every single being that walks this earth.