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Kenneth V. Hardy
Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy Department 
Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions 

Race in the Workplace: Healers, Helpers, and Jailers

While many of us recognize that racism is a big problem in the U.S., we tend to be uncomfortable discussing race. This keynote will explore issues of diversity, multiculturalism, cultural competency, privilege, and oppression, helping participants to learn how to talk about race and the hidden wounds of racial trauma. Speaker Kenneth Hardy will contextualize the need for constructive and courageous conversations about race, power, and privilege in our practices, communities, and broader society.

Examine the dynamics of race and hidden trauma wounds and how they limit the life experiences and choices for many youth of color, and go on to hamper relationships into adulthood. Hardy will present his insight, as a psychotherapist and educator, on family dysfunction, poverty, and racial oppression. He identifies racial oppression as a traumatic form of interpersonal violence and will offer strategies for healing and transformation. Most importantly, Hardy will engage participants in thinking critically about our current climate, the historical context, and our individual role in racial tension and racial trauma.

Join this keynote to:

  • Learn about the influence of dominant culture on people of color
  • Increase your racial sensitivity and awareness
  • Learn how to conduct progressive conversations about race and diversity
  • Enhance your ability to develop cross-racial collaborative interactions
  • Take away culturally competent, trauma-informed, racially sensitive workplace practices

About the Keynote

Kenneth V. Hardy is a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and is the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City. He is an internationally recognized clinician, author, educator, and consultant. Hardy has provided diversity and racial sensitivity training and consultations to an extensive list of health and human services agencies as well as a host of educational institutions. 

Hardy is a frequent workshop presenter, trainer, and consultant on the topics of cultural and racial diversity, trauma, and oppression. He has published prolifically and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. He has co-authored the following books: Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications; Minorities and Family Therapy; Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions for Breaking the Cycle of Violence; Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Culture; and Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners.

Hardy is also featured in several therapy videotapes as well as a documentary devoted to slavery. His video The Psychological Residuals of Slavery has been well received by both the professional and lay communities for serving as a catalyst to promote conversations about race relationships.

Hardy has received considerable acclaim for the contributions that his publications and videos have made in challenging our field to think critically about issues of diversity, trauma, and oppression. He has been a frequent contributor to the popular media and has been featured on Dateline NBC, 20/20, the Discovery Health Channel, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Hardy maintains a practice in New York City.

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