As Co-Chair of the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Community Outreach Task Force, a group charged with coordinating responses to traumatic events in diverse communities internationally, Dr. Haen was proud to collaborate with other leaders at AGPA in crafting a public organization statement on inclusion in response to the current political climate. An excerpt appears below:
Clinical and organizational work demonstrates the power of groups to make a difference and foster healing. Community groups, families and individuals are currently suffering from acute stress layered on top of chronic stressors due to misogyny, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-refugee sentiments, transphobia, and homophobia. From a humanitarian and caregiver perspective, all people deserve relief from their collective suffering. As promoters of group principles, it bears repeating that AGPA wishes to encourage actions that promote dynamics of belonging, protect the scapegoated, heal the wounds of exclusion, facilitate constructive dialogue, and maintain physically/emotionally safe environments, while also encouraging dialogue among those with differing viewpoints.
You can view the full statement here.