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1- PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION

DESCRIPTION
We will explore power, privilege, individual and structural forms forms of  systematic oppression, trauma, and resilience while attending to our physiology and biology that shapes our behaviors, beliefs and values.

Bringing the lens of Dr. Leticia Nieto’s anti-oppression curriculum Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone as well as Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory to explore the ways that inequity, injustice and privilege relate to the somatic shaping of cultural, institutional and systematic oppressive behaviors and beliefs. This workshop will include guided movement process, small group and dyadic interaction, imagery, and concrete skill building, meant specifically for healing practitioners to apply to our own and our clients’ accountability, liberation and healing work.
As Dr. Nieto writes: Our continuing value to society will increasingly depend on how well we learn to bridge between differences of all types – while honoring and celebrating diversity. It is an imposing challenge to generate a vision of any cultural change. This training is designed to facilitate communication and empowerment. The focus will be on clarifying the complexities of working across significant differences and on understanding the dynamics of oppression. The training often results in participants taking on action plans to bring about positive change.
Dr. Porges writes: Our physiological state impacts our perception of the world and if you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer.

2- Psychobiology and Responsible Trauma Management for white Anti-Racists

We will explore:

Disinvesting from the social construct of whiteness and connecting to what we value in anti-racist actions.

How do we engage in long-term activism that goes beyond performative pseudo-engagement? What is the work of addressing trauma (present and past) in our white bodies so that we bring clean responsiveness (Resmaa Menekam term, “clean”) to our anti-racist work? How do we alert ourselves and each other to the subtle ways we seek to be affirmed or comforted by BIPOC for our emergent realizations and chosen actions?

Groups:

1- Metamorphosis of (Internalized) White Supremacy

Utilizing Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Resmaa Menakem, Dr. Leticia Nieto, Ijeoma Oluo, Austin Channing Brown, Deb Dana, Dr. Stephen Porges, and many others, we will work to disinvest from the social construct of whiteness and connect to anti-racist community and actions.

Our time together will be about accessing curiosity to support nervous system regulation. We will explore some of the white normed culture experiences of perfectionism, defensiveness, comfort/discomfort, “safety”, politeness/nice – through improv exercises, questions, lecture, dyad, and group activities.

Working with the polyvagal theory, we will support your increased nervous system capacity to think and act creatively for anti-racist systemic change.

 

Thirty percent of  the profit from  groups and workshops is donated to BIPOC  work and joy.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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