Anti-Racist Personal and Professional Development
Who should sign up for the Structured Dialogues?
This training is ideal for individuals …
- Invested in understanding how racism impacts their lives and informs their relationships cross-racially and intra-racially
- Ready to examine the role white supremacy plays in their professional lives
- Willing to evaluate internalized superiority and internalized inferiority
- Ready to examine how racism has influenced society
- Open to critical self-reflection
- Ready to go beyond a workshop or presentation
- Who learn through reflective engagement
This training is ideal for …
- Mental health professionals
- Leaders in human resources
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism Facilitators
- Medical professionals
We use content derived from books, articles, and other media to facilitate conversations that promote internal reflection and critical analysis of societal inequity. The process of the structured dialogues supports individuals to engage in difficult cross-racial and race-based conversations that help those involved develop authentic relationships that center trust and psychological safety by promoting individual and system-wide anti-racist thoughts and actions. We believe that structured dialogues are a powerful tool for individuals to engage in sustainable anti-racist change. We are currently offering two groups, one general group and one geared toward mental health providers.
– 90-minute meetings
– Eight week course, meeting weekly via Zoom
– Approximately 8 – 10 people per group
– 60 minutes of reading/content engagement (e.g., book chapters, videos, podcasts, etc.) and 10-15 minutes of reflective journaling designed to deepen one’s thinking on the text between meetings
Week 1: Acknowledgement of One’s Race
Week 2: Understanding America’s Relationship with Race
Week 3: Understanding America’s Relationship with Race II (Clinician Focused: Understanding Psychotherapy’s Relationship with Race)
Week 4: Deconstructing Internalized Racism and Oppressor
Week 5: Exploring Our Reaction to Current Racial Unrest
Week 6: Shame and Accountability (Clinician Focused: Shame and Accountability in the Clinical Space)
Week 7: Reducing Harm From Racial Trauma
Week 8: Challenging White Supremacy within Me
Given the small group and intensive nature of this work, participants are asked to be on camera and in a private space for this course. Participants are expected to commit to regular attendance and active engagement in the pre-work and course discussion. There are no prerequisites for participation.
This program has been approved for 12 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D 91956.
This program has been approved for 12 Continuing Education credits for Psychologists. MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Participants reflect on their experiences…
Feel More Empowered
“I can’t thank you enough, not only for the wisdom you bestowed upon me, but for allowing me to be uncomfortable in my own discomfort. I have a ways to go, but feel more empowered than ever to speak of antiracism and the damage that white supremacy has done, and continues to do, on all of us. You are both an incredible asset to the human race.”
“To date, this course was the best anti racist training I have participated in. The looking inward piece and starting there is so important and often not done in my experience. It’s like we dance around it and make assumptions about people’s beliefs and experiences but don’t actually look inward. Reminds me of your tagline quote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin
You created a safe space for me to reflect, grow and be curious. Your techniques definitely impacted me.
You also reminded me that our work is never done and it’s a lifelong commitment.”
Deepened my Language
“Structured Dialogues deepened my language and context for how to talk and engage on ways to be evolving at antiracism. I’ll keep practicing my new skills and thought patterns.”