Let’s Build A Community

Let’s Build A Community

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Let’s Build A Community

When people first contact us at Culture Ally, regarding culturally responsive counseling, the question of community is usually raised in one way or another.

Sometimes, it comes in the form of an assertion, such as, “It’s our [read white people’s] work and our responsibility.”

Other times, it comes in the form of a question, such as, “Who will be in the group, because I don’t know if I feel comfortable addressing these issues in mixed [read multi-racial] groups.”

While very different, both statements have something in common—-anxiety. If we are brutally honest, we can admit that talking about social and cultural politics does raise intense anxiety. For everyone; no matter one’s race! The content of the anxiety may differ along racial lines, but the discomfort remains the same.

The intensity of this cultural work often leads people to want to move into separate, homogenous spaces, that offer safety, comfort or accountability. An anti-racism reading group, solely for white clinicians, offers participants an opportunity to do important self-work needed for growth. A closed support group, for clinicians of color, offers participants the space needed for processing and healing from the trauma of direct and indirect racial assaults. We cannot deny the validity of these spaces. But we also cannot take them as the entire solution to the vast social and cultural dilemmas present within the field of psychotherapy.   

Alternatively, community interactions with as many people who are socially diverse from you, is central to growth as a culturally responsive clinician. In this journey, therapists need to do the personal work necessary to operate in mixed groups in an authentic, compassionate and safe manner. Safe spaces for this type of professional growth have been lacking. Culture Ally hopes to change that situation.

Culture Ally’s trainings, consultation groups and community discussions are a space for everyone to participate and learn. Each of us holds knowledge, experiences and insights that are essential for others’ growth as culturally responsive clinicians. Consequently, we invite everyone to the table. Culture Ally will create and maintain the integrity of this safe and gracious space. We simply ask that you enter it with openness, peace and a willingness to grow, as you honor the words and growth process of those around you.

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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.