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A Conversation with Evan Imber-Black, PhD: Progress and Challenges in Integrating Gender and Culture in Family Therapy Training

Shelley:Asyoulookbackoverthepastcoupleofdecadesasthe fieldbegantorecognizeandintegratetheorganizingprinciplesofgenderandcultureintoourtrainingactivities, whatareyourreflectionsonthisprocess?

Evan:Ithinkthechanges-especiallywithregardtogender-have beenenormous.WhenIthinkbacktowhenwefirststarted lookingattheseissues,Irememberthatmaybe10%ofthe journalboardswerecomprisedofwomen,andthatalmost nowomenwereinkeyleadershippositions.Sincethat time,thechangeshavebeenquiteprofound.Thesechanges wereaccomplishedbyagood,old-fashionedpoliticalprocesswherewomengottogether,lookedatwhatwashappening,andsaidthesethingsneedtochange.Asaresultof thispoliticalorganizing,therewerechangesinhowwe

looked at theory, practice, the way papers were written, and how students were trained and supervised. With regard to training-at least in the training programs that I know about-there have been some very profound changes. That is not to say that it is all "hunky dory" everywhere. However, I think the message not only got across, but helped to transform the field from what it looked like 20 years ago.