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Trauma-Informed Facilitation for Dialogues on Racism and Other Oppressions

  • Columbia University School for Social Work New York (map)

This one-day workshop presents current theories related to engaging students and community in critical dialogues regarding racism, other oppressions, and intersecting oppressions. We will explore the importance of “trauma-informed” practices to facilitate these dialogues. The “trauma-informed” framework takes into account the transgenerational and ongoing nature of oppression and how it impacts the oppressed neurophysiologically, in both body and mind.

In this workshop, we will survey best practices that are emerging from the expansion of anti-oppression work to not only improve our work in the classroom, but in our practices, agencies, and in our lives—wherever we happen to be.

Workshop Description

The workshop is highly experiential with the primary means of interaction intentional dialoguing and use of collaborative, self-reflexive and somatic activities. Through teaching, experiencing and practicing facilitation skills within small groups, the workshop will engage participants to apply critical race theory; evidence-based, trauma-informed practice strategies; and principles of transformative education in all settings. Also included will be a presentation of theories of white fragility, and a discussion specifically regarding white identity development as it relates to challenges in facilitation of multi-racial classroom and training groups.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Experiential activities and approaches to facilitating reflective processes regarding race/racism and other intersecting oppressions.
  • Strategies to increase group cohesion and develop mutual aid using an Affinity Group model for cross-racial dialoguing.
  • Mindfulness- and somatic-focused exercises to support understanding and application of a trauma-informed practice.

And to:

  • Develop a personalized tool kit for their future facilitation and teaching of topics related to racism and other intersecting oppressions.
  • Engage in a self-reflexive process to learn how facilitator/educator/practitioner identities impact and inform group process.