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Fri, May 29


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Power, Privilege and Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression for Providers Working with Youth

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Power, Privilege and Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression for Providers Working with Youth
Power, Privilege and Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression for Providers Working with Youth

Time & Location

May 29, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Kelsey Pacha

Training Description

This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, stereotypes, and prejudice and learn to recognize them in action. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages, whether through institutional or internalized oppression. Participants will learn to recognize internalized oppression in clients and explore the use of decolonization, harm reduction, and non-violent communication to interrupt internalized oppression in clients. 

Learning Objectives

  • Reflect on their unique combination of identities (age, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family status, education, immigration status, race, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation) and develop empathy for people who do not share the same combination of identities. 
  • Define intersectionality and recognize how their identities interact to create relative privilege or marginalization. 
  • Become familiar with the concept of microaggressions and learn to recognize microaggressions in their context. 
  • Define implicit bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. 
  • Define power, privilege, institutional oppression, and internalized oppression. 
  • Learn how these elements interact to create the cycle of oppression. 
  • Learn how to recognize their own privilege, question stereotypes, and interrupt discrimination in their work and in larger society. 
  • Learn strategies to support youth clients in recognizing and resisting internalized oppression, including practicing non-violent communication, supporting critical consciousness, and using harm reduction strategies.


9:00 - 9:10  Introductions, community agreements.

9:10 - 9:20   Identity map individual activity.

9:20 - 9:30  Breakout group ID map discussion.

9:30 - 9:40  Analyze two example identity maps for relative privilege and marginalization. Discuss protected classes.

9:40 - 9:55 Define Intersectionality.

9:55 - 10:10  Privilege checklist.

10:10 - 10:20  Breakout group discussion about privilege checklist.

10:20 - 10:30 Define Power and privilege.

10:30 - 10:45 Break (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

10:45 - 11:05  Define Implicit bias/prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.

11:05 - 11:10  Video: privilege, perceived privilege, and collaborators.

11:10 - 11:30  Discussion

11:30 - 11:50  Define Microaggressions

11:50 - 12:10  Microaggressions roleplay, pair share.

12:10 - 12:40  Lunch (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

12:40 - 1:05 Define institutional oppression, harm reduction and constellation of choices

1:05 - 1:35  Ally/bystander activity with discussion.

1:35 - 1:45 Best practices: Providers with privilege, providers with marginalized identities.

1:45 - 2:00  Complete personal anti-bias assessment.

2:00 - 2:15  Define internalized oppression and stereotype threat

2:15 - 2:25  Videos: Doll test video (Brown v Board of Education)

2:25 - 2:40 Best practices: Recognizing internalized oppression

2:40 - 2:55 Discuss: What is a “healthy” version to a marginalized identity?

2:55 - 3:25 Roleplay non-violent communication with someone expressing negative self-concept/internalized oppression

3:25 - 3:45 Best practices: Resisting internalized oppression and supporting clients in resisting

3:45 - 3:50 Define Allyship 

3:50 - 4:00 Q&A, resources, Course Evaluation

Meet Our Trainer

Kelsey Pacha is a queer-identified transman who has worked with LGBTQ people for 15years, primarily in non-profit settings. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an M.A. in Religion and Psychology, a Master of Divinity, and a Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion, located in Berkeley, CA.Kelsey is passionate about educating would-be allies and empowering LGBTQ people through educational trainings. He has offered LGBTQ inclusivityand cultural humilitytrainings for corporations, clinicians, non-profits, schools (preschool-college age), senior facilities, and for providers working with system-involved youth. He has also developed curricula for LGBTQ youth programs, faith communities, and presented at conferences across the country. Kelsey is the Board PresidentofTrans Bodies,Trans Selves,which publishes a 649-page resource guide by and for the trans*, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming communities. He is currently writing a chapter, editing another, and serving as the Survey Editor for the second edition of the book, to be released in June 2021.

This course meets the qualifications for (6.25) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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