Antiracism Reading Group

Culture Ally

Antiracism Reading Group

The Culture Ally Reading Group is a monthly, free gathering, for socially conscious therapists and counselors, who want to gain greater knowledge of the workings of race in the United States. Each month, we meet to discuss select texts that provide insight into the impact of race and racism. The group focuses on the application of these texts to one’s clinical practice. Moreover, it serves as a resource for clinicians striving to engage in antiracist practices in their personal and professional lives.

This group is designed for mental health clinicians of all races and cultures. It is a facilitated group with focused questions. These questions will connect the text to our clinical practices and experiences as therapists. We highly encourage participants to send in questions to help inform our discussion. Join us for community, accountability and support in your culturally responsive journey.

How it works

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STEP 1: JOIN

Join us for community, accountability and support in your culturally responsive journey.
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STEP 2: READ

We will then nudge you weekly to read the book & join the discussion.
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STEP 3: MEET

You will be invited to our monthly creative digital meetups (not another zoom room).

Upcoming Antiracism Reading Groups

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Past Antiracism Clinical Reading Groups

18 February 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

So You Want to Talk About Race Zoom Meeting

19 November 2021
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Antiracism Reading Group : Nice Racism

19 November 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nice Racism

15 October 2021
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Antiracism Reading Group : My Grandmother’s Hands

17 September 2021
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Antiracism Reading Group : The Person You Mean to Be

20 August 2021
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Antiracism Reading Group : Mindful of Race

30 July 2021
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Antiracism Reading Group : Biased

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Mind-Body Healing for Racial Stress and Trauma

This workshop examines the definition of racism, explores the concept of white-body supremacy, and considers the physical impact of racial ideologies. In particular, it explores how racial conditioning and racial trauma have impacted American racial bodies. Additionally, it considers how race and racism are experienced and transferred physically and emotionally through the body.
This workshop also defines racial trauma and identifies how traumatic retentions impact individuals and racial groups. Participants practice mindful activities that help mitigate racial trauma and disperse traumatic retentions. These mindful activities will teach participants strategies to still the hyperaroused body, decrease racial distress, help connect racialized bodies, and help heal traumatic responses.

Antiracism Consultation Group 2

This consultation group provides an opportunity for clinicians to consider how issues of racial conditioning, racial distress, and racial trauma may be impacting current cases. There will be an opportunity for 2 case presentations utilizing a structured format. In addition, clinicians will consider which mindfulness and somatic healing tools may help with these cases, as well as other clinical considerations.

Enhancing Racial Emotional Intelligence and Awareness Through Mindful Practice

This workshop considers how mindfulness can support antiracist work and help participants engage race and racism in their clinical practice. We will explore triggering aspects of race and strategies for remaining present amid these challenges. This interactive workshop allows participants to practice meditative practices that (1) enhance racial emotional intelligence, (2) develop racial awareness, and (3) help clinicians manage racial distress. The workshop also considers the role of self-compassion and self-care to help clinicians develop a holistic approach to manage the intensity of working with race.

Antiracism Consultation Group 1

This consultation group will focus on cases in which clinicians are engaging triggering aspects of race, either themselves or with a client. There will be an opportunity for 2 case presentations utilizing a structured format. Clinicians will consider which mindfulness tools may help manage these cases, as well as other clinical considerations.

Culturally Responsive Counseling in Schools: A Social Justice Approach

This intermediate-level workshop is designed for counseling programs that provide services within the K-12 setting. The workshop begins with a review of bias and how a growth mindset offers a foundational approach for disrupting bias. It then moves into the concept of social justice and considers how it is at the center of a culturally responsive approach to school counseling. Next, it explores a social justice approach that looks at the similarities and differences of equality and equity in the school setting. Moving into treatment planning, clinicians will consider the role of advocacy, empowerment, consultation, and activism in addressing issues related to race. Finally, clinicians will engage in interactive simulations of intensive cross-cultural counseling issues that might occur in the district. Clinicians will be supported in devising interventions and utilizing mindfulness strategies to manage strong feelings.

Race Talk: Strategies for Effective Discussions around Race and Racism

Talking about race, racism and other issues related to cultural identities often causes people to feel anxious. This intermediate-level workshop identifies how “race talk” can be triggering and helps participants consider their capacities for these conversations. Participants explore their own race stories and explore how it feels to communicate these narratives. This workshop teaches participants how to better “read race” during any interpersonal interaction, address racial issues at the moment, and manage intense emotional feelings that arise during these moments. Participants learn mindful strategies for decreasing strong personal reactions, including empathy, self-compassion, mindful listening, and mindful meditative exercises. Importantly, this workshop also provides tools for keeping racial discussions safe and gracious, yet effective ways to engage an individual who says something that is racially offensive.

Culturally Responsive Counseling: Addressing Cultural Biases that Influence Clinical Practice

This beginner-level workshop begins with an informative overview of key concepts in antiracist clinical practice, including definitions of race, prejudice, discrimination, racism, and antiracism. It also explores the similarities and differences between the following concepts:
This workshop assists clinicians in identifying vocabulary for their approach to working with socially and culturally diverse clients. In addition, participants consider the ethical responsibilities of therapists concerning race, racism, and social justice. Clinicians engage in critical self-exploration, in which they explore their own biases as therapists. Finally, participants identify the racial issues they are most comfortable addressing as therapists and the topics about which they remain silent.

Culturally Responsive Self-Awareness: Mapping Cultural and Social Identities

This beginner-level workshop builds cultural awareness, one of the core competencies of culturally responsive counseling. It explains the concept of intersectionality and its applicability as a framework for engaging an individual’s diverse social and cultural identities. This interactive workshop invites participants to explore their intersecting identities and map their shifting locations as part of marginalized and privileged communities. Participants are encouraged to apply their reflections to their clinical practice by considering how their lived identities impact their clinical decisions and clients. Finally, participants are supported in identifying tangible ways to establish and maintain professional practices that build their cultural awareness.

Mind-Body Healing for Racial Stress andTrauma

This workshop examines the definition of racism, explores the concept of white-body supremacy, and considers the physical impact of racial ideologies. In particular, it explores how racial conditioning and racial trauma have impacted American racial bodies. Additionally, it considers how race and racism are experienced and transferred physically and emotionally through the body.
This workshop also defines racial trauma and identifies how traumatic retentions impact individuals and racial groups. Participants practice mindful activities that help mitigate racial trauma and disperse traumatic retentions. These mindful activities will teach participants strategies to still the hyperaroused body, decrease racial distress, help connect racialized bodies, and help heal traumatic responses.

Antiracism Consultation Group 2

This consultation group provides an opportunity for clinicians to consider how issues of racial conditioning, racial distress, and racial trauma may be impacting current cases. There will be an opportunity for 2 case presentations utilizing a structured format. In addition, clinicians will consider which mindfulness and somatic healing tools may help with these cases, as well as other clinical considerations.

Enhancing Racial Emotional Intelligence and Awareness Through Mindful Practice

This workshop considers how mindfulness can support antiracist work and help participants engage race and racism in their clinical practice. We will explore triggering aspects of race and strategies for remaining present amid these challenges. This interactive workshop allows participants to practice meditative practices that (1) enhance racial emotional intelligence, (2) develop racial awareness, and (3) help clinicians manage racial distress. The workshop also considers the role of self-compassion and self-care to help clinicians develop a holistic approach to manage the intensity of working with race.

Antiracism Consultation Group 1

This consultation group will focus on cases in which clinicians are engaging triggering aspects of race, either themselves or with a client. There will be an opportunity for 2 case presentations utilizing a structured format. Clinicians will consider which mindfulness tools may help manage these cases, as well as other clinical considerations.

Culturally Responsive Counseling in Schools: A Social Justice Approach

This intermediate-level workshop is designed for counseling programs that provide services within the K-12 setting. The workshop begins with a review of bias and how a growth mindset offers a foundational approach for disrupting bias. It then moves into the concept of social justice and considers how it is at the center of a culturally responsive approach to school counseling. Next, it explores a social justice approach that looks at the similarities and differences of equality and equity in the school setting. Moving into treatment planning, clinicians will consider the role of advocacy, empowerment, consultation, and activism in addressing issues related to race. Finally, clinicians will engage in interactive simulations of intensive cross-cultural counseling issues that might occur in the district. Clinicians will be supported in devising interventions and utilizing mindfulness strategies to manage strong feelings.

Race Talk: Strategies for Effective Discussions around Race and Racism

Talking about race, racism and other issues related to cultural identities often causes people to feel anxious. This intermediate-level workshop identifies how “race talk” can be triggering and helps participants consider their capacities for these conversations. Participants explore their own race stories and explore how it feels to communicate these narratives. This workshop teaches participants how to better “read race” during any interpersonal interaction, address racial issues at the moment, and manage intense emotional feelings that arise during these moments. Participants learn mindful strategies for decreasing strong personal reactions, including empathy, self-compassion, mindful listening, and mindful meditative exercises. Importantly, this workshop also provides tools for keeping racial discussions safe and gracious, yet effective ways to engage an individual who says something that is racially offensive.

Culturally Responsive Counseling: Addressing Cultural Biases that Influence Clinical Practice

This beginner-level workshop begins with an informative overview of key concepts in antiracist clinical practice, including definitions of race, prejudice, discrimination, racism, and antiracism. It also explores the similarities and differences between (1) Cultural Competence, (2) Cultural Humility and (3) Culturally Responsive.

Additionally, this workshop assists clinicians in identifying vocabulary for their approach to working with socially and culturally diverse clients. In addition, participants consider the ethical responsibilities of therapists concerning race, racism, and social justice. Clinicians engage in critical self-exploration, in which they explore their own biases as therapists. Finally, participants identify the racial issues they are most comfortable addressing as therapists and the topics about which they remain silent.

Culturally Responsive Self-Awareness: Mapping Cultural and Social Identities

This introductory-level workshop builds cultural awareness, one of the core competencies of culturally responsive counseling. This workshop defines key concepts related to cultural awareness including, intersectionality, privilege, marginalization, social identity, and power. This interactive workshop invites participants to explore their intersecting identities utilizing Pamela Hays’ ADDRESSING model and then map their shifting locations as part of marginalized and privileged communities. The workshop then considers the practice of personal disclosure of identity as part of psychological practice, and ethical considerations. Finally, tangible ways to establish and maintain professional practices that build their cultural awareness are offered for life-long learning and professional development.