Book title: I’m Still Here
Author: Austin Channing Brown
About: “…an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how White America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals…Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a White man. Growing up in majority-White schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness”, a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric – from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-White organizations… I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how White, middle-class Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the listener to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how Blackness – if we let it – can save us all.”
Book title: Between The World And Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
About: “In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris
Book title: White Fragility
Author: Robin Diangelo
About: “In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people'” (Claudia Rankine)…In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.”
Continuing Education for Clinical Staff
Culturally informed clinical intervention and supervision that considers race, culture, privilege, & oppression.
Assessing & conceptualizing intergenerational trauma in clients through an antiracist clinical lens.
Impact of implicit bias and social determinants of health on mental health presentation and using FIT intervention.
A clinical overview of racial trauma, how to conceptualize its development, and how to broach conversations with clients about racial trauma.
Answers to therapist’s questions on diversity topics such as: “privilege”, “white privilege”, racial trauma, self-care, micro aggression in the workplace and creating dialogue between professional colleagues.
Dealing with crises, supervise anxiety, & racial and cultural differences within the distance supervision relationship.
Maintaining wellness despite the personal & professional tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic that have placed workers at risk for compassion fatigue & burnout.
Advanced supervision model covering critical developmental stages, cultural-responsiveness, and ethical decision-making.
Practical tools for treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children
Development, Maintenance and Evaluation of Mental Health Clinicians
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