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Understanding, Navigating & Challenging Oppression to Better Support System Involved Youth & Those that Support Them
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About the Event
Once we become aware of racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression and have the skills to notice them in real time and the language to name them, what do we do next? It’s common to get stuck in a gap between awareness and action, or to rush through that space and take action that leaves us and the people with whom we interact feeling confused, drained, and disconnected. How can we address oppression, live in alignment with our values, and have and maintain healthy, interdependent connections that truly create change that supports improved outcomes for system involved youth?
In this interactive workshop, we will reflect on our socialization into systems of oppression and how we might challenge ourselves and each other to co-create the dynamics and change we would like to see within our efforts to support system involved youth. We will work to discover what keeps us stuck and unpack common challenges of navigating conversations around social justice without doing harm and will develop facilitation skills to effectively navigate these conversations and challenges in individual and group interactions. Attendees will learn how to navigate our own discomfort to engage difficult dialogues, leveraging them as learning opportunities with system involved youth and those that support them.
Participants will be able to:
· Identify 2-3 ways their socialization may impact their interpersonal interactions
· Acquire 2-3 strategies for managing the discomfort of difficult conversations around oppression
· Acquire and apply 1-2 tools they can use to engage in difficult conversations within efforts to support system involved youth.
9:00 – 9:15am Settle in, sign in, general information
9:15 – 9:25am Agenda and objective review
9:25 – 9:40am Group agreements & Virtual workshop guidelines
9:40 – 9:45am Land acknowledgement
9:45 – 10:00am Lecture – framing oppression in the context of settler colonization
10:00 – 10:15am Pair share process – socialization into and impacts of oppression
10:15 – 10:30am Large group introductions
10:30 – 10:45am Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
10:45 – 11:00am Large group share out – impacts of oppression on clients and colleagues
11:00 – 11:15am Lecture – cycle of oppression
11:15 – 11:30am Lecture – additional oppression related definitions
11:30 – 11:45am Videos – frameworks of oppression
11:45am – 12pm Small group – video learnings and process
12:00 – 12:15pm Large group – video learnings and process
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
1:15 – 1:30pm Lecture – early memories – learning systems of oppression
1:30 – 1:45pm Small group – early memories activity
1:45 – 2:00pm Large group – early memories process
2:00 – 2:15pm Interactive Lecture – skills to challenge oppressive socialization
2:15 – 2:30pm Large group – early memories application of knowledge to client support
2:30 – 2:45pm Journal activity – navigating difficult conversations: failures and successes
2:45 – 3:00pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
2:45 – 3:30pm Small group – navigating difficult conversations: failures and successes
3:30 – 3:45pm Lecture - skills to navigate difficult conversations
3:45 – 4:00pm Small group – skills practice
4:00 – 4:15pm Small group – process effectiveness of techniques
4:30 – 4:45pm Large group – final Questions & Answers
4:45 – 5:00pm Closure
Meet Our Trainer
Natalie has facilitated anti-oppression workshops for over 20 years, founding rEVOLution with the goal of findin’ the LOVE in revolution, and connecting in community to bring social justice and positive social change into our daily lives, collective experiences, and shared future. Their techniques foster critical examination of systems of oppression, and the way we have been socialized to uphold these systems of inequality. She is committed to building communities in which people’s differences are valued and seen as assets to the overall group and where we can work to combat our socialization to collectively work toward change. This work is not about making people feel guilty, bad about themselves, or singled out. Nor does it involve band-aid fixes, avoiding challenging issues, and “Can’t we all just get along?” conversations. Rather, hebelieves meaningful change happens when people lean into discomfort, are allowed to feel angry or confused, listen to one another with empathy, and find ways to connect and collaborate in moving forward.
Natalie organically nurtures a sense of community with finely honed skills, shaping safe, welcoming, creative, and productive spaces based in love, understanding, respect, and authenticity. In his hands, sensitive topics that often leave participants feeling raw and wounded, become accessible and actionable. She provides tools to allow participants to think critically about their own backgrounds and biases, while simultaneously dissecting concepts like oppression, colonization, prejudice, and stereotyping. Their consistently open, trusting, and fun educational environments are based on first-hand experiences as a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-gendered, queer individual living in the margins of identity. Natalie believes that creating loving, interdependent communities is the heart of true rEVOLutionary change.
Natalie resides on the rightful lands of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, in what is now known as Oakland, CA with her life partner Gin, dog Tasi, and two stinky guinea pigs Apigigi and Butters. In his spare time Natalie loves to fix and make things including working on her Harley and Jeep CJ7, repairing home appliances, designing and printing 3D projects, sewing, baking, cooking, and more.
This course meets the qualifications for (6.5) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.