Intersectionality, Race and Spirituality

Tools for Healing and Liberation
with Diana Mena, Stacey Prince and Laura Humpf

Since the 2016 election, more clients than ever before are asking for validation, support, and tools to cope with areas of marginalization and oppression. Supporting our clients means understanding the impacts of oppression in general and racism in particular, as well as our own intersecting identities. We will begin with an exploration of intersecting identities, and delve into one particular intersection: White feminism and how it either supports or detracts from social and racial justice. The fields of Psychology, Counseling and Social Work, have largely left us untrained and unprepared to work with changing demographics and across difference. We will explore Whiteness, White privilege, White guilt and White fragility in order to build distress tolerance and increase comfort around these themes. We will learn about the historical context of our work and the links between our field of practice and White Supremacy, Scientific Racism, and Eugenics. We will discuss how clinicians can bring these into the therapeutic relationship and healing spaces, while also building awareness about how not to further re-­traumatize clients of color and grow in our comfort around having difficult conversations about identity, race and oppression. The messages of colorblindness and transcending race are rampant in many spiritual communities, and these messages can make it difficult for spiritual seekers to look courageously at the ways oppression and supremacy have conditioned the mind and heart. We will look at common messages that arise in spiritual communities and how to integrate those messages with fighting for racial justice. We will also look at ways that spiritual practices can support building capacity, courage and strength to look at our own internal conditioning as well as move towards action.

Workshop Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, participants will
(a) be able to explore and  assess their own and their clients’ intersecting areas of privilege/oppression and how these impact their work as healers;
(b) discuss race, racism, and identity and experience less distress when discussing these topics;
(c) have a greater understanding of the history of the field of psychological/mental health and its connection to White Supremacy and racism;
(d) have gained some skills in limiting the re­‐traumatization of clients of color;
(e) be able to describe the intersections of spirituality and racial justice;  and
(f) be able to utilize concrete tools using mindfulness and compassion to stay engaged in racial jus:ce.

Target Audience:
This  raining is for clinicians in a mental health field or clinicians in‐training who desire a systemic analysis of race and racism and how it impacts their therapeutic work. A general understanding of racism and feminism is preferred.

Intersectionality: What is It, Why It Matters (1.5 CE’s)
Anti-Racist Healer: Exploring Whiteness & Race: Understanding Dynamics in the Field &The Therapy Room. Taking  Action. (2.5 CE’s)
Spirituality and Racial Jus:ce  (2 CE’s)


Sunday, March 18 at Rainier Beach Yoga

Time: 9–4:30PM

Sign up here.

This workshops qualifies for 6 CEU Credits.

Cancellation  Policy:
A refund (minus a $25 processing fee) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before Feb. 25, 2018. No refunds will be allowed after this date, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague.

The Washington State Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington State Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

About the Presenters:
Stacey  Prince,  PhD
Stacey is a political activist, community organizer, and clinical psychologist who received her doctoral degree from the University of Washington in 1999 and has been in private practice since 2001. She believes that healers can play a role in dismantling systemic oppression and have the responsibility to support, empower and liberate our clients and ourselves.

Diana  Mena,  LICSW,  EMMHS  
Diana has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Seattle University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. She is a first generation Nicaraguan American therapist in private practice where she offers counseling to marginalized populations and communities of color. She provides consultation and presentations on  issues of race and social justice.

Laura  Humpf,  LMFT
Laura is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Yoga Therapy. She received her Master’s from Antioch University and studied Yoga Therapy through The Samarya Center and Integrative Restoration. She is passionate about the intersections of social justice and spirituality, and specifically how spiritual practices can build capacity for awareness and activism.