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Online Only | The field of psychology has traditionally been rooted in a White middle-class value system. As a result, there is a discouraging lack of resources for Black, Indigenous and other people of color seeking culturally sensitive approaches to mental health care. Therapy is a great tool to help individuals develop strategies for coping with various struggles, but it often ignores the extent of racism in shaping individual experiences. In order to develop approaches that can adequately represent the perspectives of the oppressed, we need to decolonize the current mental health training system.
In this workshop, led by Erin Matthews, LCSW and creator of the Living in Empathy, we will explore a method to help increase your awareness of the impact of white supremacy and associated resilience that has been passed down from our ancestors. Erin will lead you in developing a cultural genogram to help you examine your family history through a racial lens.
With this exercise, we hope to:
- Provide insight into where resilience and racial trauma show up in your history,
- Review how white supremacy devalued your family and history
- Start the process to reframe your family’s legacy of resilience and survival
- Discuss and develop strategies to centralize the effects of white supremacy in your personal sphere of being
By encouraging you to take apart the layers that make up your own identities and directly confront the effects of white supremacy on your family history, you will walk away with a plan for self care and rest. This is also a safe space for BIPOC folx to recognize and process how oppression and colonization affect your own mental health, so that we can move towards healing together as a supportive community.
This is a support session specifically designed and intended for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).
Instructor: Erin Matthews, LCSW
Course Date: 12/8/2020
Course Time: 4:00 PM-5:30 PMLocation: Online at ctuf.instructure.com
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