INSTITUTE OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Saturday, February 13, 2021 9:30AM-10:15AM Eastern
Finding Home in an Unprecedented and Online World
Featured Speaker: Alexis Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Dr. Abernethy will share her experience of Institutes over time highlighting experiences of connection. She will address the challenges we bring with us to our Institutes this year related to COVID-19, plunging into an online world, a reckoning around racism, and national polarization. She will also highlight the promise and hope for connection and finding “home” as a deeper desire. Lastly Dr. Abernethy, will share insights that may help attendees to benefit from their Institute experience.
Dr. Alexis Abernethy is a clinical psychologist and professor in the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is also the Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Fuller. Dr. Abernethy graduated from Howard University with a BS in Psychology and received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She has conducted institutes and workshops nationally on cultural competence and spirituality in group therapy. Dr. Abernethy is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She has served as Co-Chair of AGPA’s Institute Committee and Annual Meeting and currently serves on the Board of Directors for AGPA.
Dr. Abernethy edited the 2004 special edition of the journal Group on spirituality in group therapy. She contributed the chapter, “A Spiritually Informed Approach to Group Psychotherapy” in Kleinberg’s 2012 edited volume, The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy. She recently co-authored an article with Lee Stevens on “Neuroscience and Racism: The Power of Groups for Overcoming Implicit Bias” and another article with David Allen and Marie Carroll: “Adapting Group Therapy to Address Real World Problems: Insights from Groups Offered in the Bahamas” in The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy (2017).