Katherine Roubos, MSW, ASW

Katherine Roubos, MSW, ASW

Facilitation

I facilitate community based workshops, courses, and clinical consultation groups focused on understanding and undermining Whiteness / White Privilege.

Check out the "Workshops & Events" Page for current offerings. 

My master's thesis, titled "Cultivating Resilience: Antidotes to White Fragility in Racial Justice Education," inspires my ongoing development of curriculum that integrates somatic tools, playfulness, and trauma-informed pedagogy to address Whiteness and White privilege in academic, community and agency settings. 

Current projects include: 

  • Monthly training/process group for white clinicians focused on whiteness and racial enactments in clinical work, at a bay area social services agency.
  • White and Awakening in Sangha teacher at East Bay Meditation Center's 6-month program.
  • Regular Antidotes to White Fragility training workshops at Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Bay Area. 
  • Dialogue on Difference presentation at The Psychotherapy Institute "Antidotes to White (Clinician's) Fragility: Cultivating Resilience and Responsiveness."
  • Daylong workshop: Trauma-informed Facilitation Skills for Dialogues on Racism and other Oppressions offered with Amelia Ortega, LCSW at Columbia University and other locations.
  • Consulting to Leadership teams on processing racialized team dynamics and developing anti-oppressive programming.
  • Monthly peer-led white clinicians consultation group on whiteness/racism in clinical work.
  • Other one-time presentations, groups and events, check the Events page!
 

Therapy

As a clinician, I integrate relational mindfulness, somatic awareness skills, a sense of humor, and anti-oppression-focused narrative therapy frameworks to provide trauma-informed psychotherapy for adults and adolescents.  

I provide community-based mental health services for youth and their families through WestCoast Children's Clinic based in Oakland, CA.

I am interested in working with a small number of white-identified clients on an individual basis with the intention to notice and heal personal patterns, traumas or identity wounds that may confound the process of learning about racism/whiteness and working toward racial justice. Contact me if this describes you! 

Mindfulness Instruction

Dharma practice, in a Theravadan tradition, has been crucial to my personal and political transformation. 

I teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses at Kaiser Permanente, guest-teach at East Bay Meditation Center, and offer trauma-informed, embodied mindfulness and anti-oppression facilitation for groups and organizations in the SF bay area. 

As practitioner of 10 years, I have spent over 10 months on silent retreat and completed 3 years of formal study of dharma in daily life through Commit to Dharma at East Bay Meditation Center and the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock. 


Collaboration: I regularly facilitate, coach and present with Amelia Ortega, LCSW. If you would like to work with us as a team let us know! 


Note: I hold that comfort and safety are distinct, that work with whiteness is uncomfortable by nature, and that we as white people can and must build the skills we need to sustain longer, deeper, heartful engagement in racial justice.