Instructors: Emmy Rainwalker, LICSW with Dan Luker
Cost: Individual Registration: $75, $60 early registration, received by 3/03/17. Group Registration: $55 per person for groups of two or more, $50 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 3/03/17.
PLEASE NOTE: Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount. Registration fee includes coffee, tea and snacks.
This event is co-sponsored by Clinicians United.
Contact us for the discounted fee of $50 for Clinicians United members
We are currently in the midst of a worldwide uprising for social justice. This has the potential to increase therapists’ awareness of and ability to look at the problems people bring from socio-cultural-political dimensions. We will explore how integration of social justice constructs moves the goals of therapy from “fixing broken people” toward challenging injustice as it relates to the problems facing individuals.
Through discussion and experiential exercise we will:
- discuss assessment of specific ways societal burdens have caused problems in people’s lives
- talk about how to support people’s growth in personal empowerment as appropriate for each individual seeking help
- focus on how to support social action as a means to recover from the effects of injustice
- explore the possibilities and limitations of moving from role of active listener and ally, to social justice activist and advocate
Comments from Emmy’s workshop participants:
“The presenter was wonderful, caring and gentle. She listened to each story with patience.”
“One of the best workshops I’ve attended in the past few years! Well worth the time!”
Introductions, working definitions of social justice, participant’s reasons for attending.
Report from Standing Rock. How current events can trigger and potentially heal past trauma, using the example of the healing experiences for veterans at the camp. We will discuss what kind of support clients may need in order to do social action work most effectively as well as how to integrate social action work into the therapeutic conversation and treatment plan for clients when appropriate.
Explore the possibilities and limitations of moving from role of active listener and ally to social justice activist and advocate through experiential exercise. Practicing specific listening skills in role play, participants will “bring up” social justice issues in the therapeutic setting, encourage safe disclosure of experiences of injustice in clients’ lives and encourage remediating/healing action.
12:30-1:00 Questions and Discussion
1:00 – 1:15 Closing comments
1:15 –1:30 Workshop evaluations
- Participants will grow more courageous and feel more competent engaging clients in discussions of how current events relating to social justice are linked to difficulty in their personal history.
- Participants will learn and improve on particular skills that are useful in listening to and helping to transform stories of injustice in clients’ lives.
- Participants will increase their understanding of how one’s sense of self is affected by involvement in political awareness and social change.
You may register by snail mail by downloading the registration form and sending it with your check. Group registrants must register together online or mail multiple checks in the same envelope to get the discount. Your space is not secured for an event until we receive payment.