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Fri, Jan 14


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Radicle Self Inquiry: Facilitation for Liberation Series

This is a 2-day training (and the first module of a 4 module series) provided by the Radicle Root Collective's Taquelia Washington and Jo Brownson which will take place from 10am-12pm on both 1/14/22 and 1/28/22. Attendance on both dates is required.

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Radicle Self Inquiry: Facilitation for Liberation Series
Radicle Self Inquiry: Facilitation for Liberation Series

Time & Location

Jan 14, 2022, 10:00 AM – Jan 28, 2022, 12:00 PM

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About the Event

Taquelia Washington and Jo Brownson/Radicle Root Collective 

Training Description

This training is the first module in a 4 part module series which is meant for those who facilitate or plan to facilitate conversations rooted in race, power and cultural competence. The four modules include: Radicle Self Inquiry, Holding Space, Questioning and Conflict, Healing and Forward Movement. Participants must commit to attending, at minimum, 1 full module, however, attending all modules is strongly encouraged. Skills learned throughout this series will be transferable to many contexts, including group supervision, support groups for system involved youth and/or families, facilitating meetings of stakeholders who support system involved youth, etc. Trainers will use small group discussion, modeling, examples, scenarios, visuals, and role play to engage participants. This training is focused on building resilience and the habits of humility, self-reflection and critical inquiry necessary to be a grounded facilitator of humanizing spaces and trauma informed support provider. This training is also aimed at sharpening participants’ analysis of systemic oppression. Trainers will support participants in shifting away from the damaging ideologies these systems produce to create more equitable outcomes for system involved youth and families.

Learning Objectives

1. Define the role of a facilitator in creating courageous and humanizing learning spaces for system involved youth and adults who support these youth

2. Identify dominant and counternarratives in society and in their own history and practice using them as a tool in their facilitation

3. Name and practice strategies for reframing and building community in their role as a facilitator


Day 1: Friday 1/14/22

10:00-10:15am Introductions and Preview of Agenda

10:15-10:30am Conceptualization Lecture: Radical Self Reflection

10:30-11:00am Large Group Discussion

11:00-11:30am Small Group Interactive Exercise on Radical Self Reflection

11:30-11:50am Large Group Application Scenarios

11:50am-12:00pm Wrap-up, Next Steps, Evaluations

Day 2: Friday 1/28/22

10:00-10:15am Introductions and Preview of Agenda

10:15-10:45am Small Group Review and Reflection of Application Exercise

10:45-11:30am Skill Building Lecture: How to use Radicle Self Reflection as a facilitation tool

11:30-11:50am Large Group Discussion and Questions & Answers

11:50am-12pm Wrap-up, Next Steps, Evaluations

Trainers Bios

Taquelia Washington is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has extensive experience working in community mental health, specializing in providing services in the school systems. She has close to 20 years of experience working in the field, with over 10 of those years spent working at a continuation school, providing mental health related services to “at risk” and “hard to engage” youth while also developing systems of care to help best support them. In addition to her clinical background, she is the founder of EmpowerMe! Services. Through this business, along with a team of subcontractors, she teaches workshops designed to help individuals and systems to be more culturally inclusive, she facilitates courageous conversations as requested by a variety of organizations, and provides leadership coaching. Additionally, she offers consultation to help support the development of culturally inclusive services and systems of care. She brings all of herself to her individual work as well as her teaching endeavors. She strives to create a safe space for her students to focus on their own healing, self-growth, and empowerment.

Jo Brownson is a racial justice educator and facilitator based in the bay area. She has worked in the field of education and racial justice for over a decade in K-12 classrooms and in the nonprofit sector. As a white, queer, cisgender woman, her area of practice is in supporting individuals and organizations to understand how whiteness is operating inside their context, how it intersects with other systems of oppression, and what they can do to mitigate and transform its impacts. Jo is the daughter of a minister who moved around the south and Midwest as a child. She began teaching in Philadelphia before landing in Oakland (her forever home) with her wife in 2011 where she taught at Fremont High School in east Oakland until 2013. Since then, she has been a facilitator and coach with the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools. There, her work focuses on transforming the beliefs and practices of educators and school leaders and organizing them in service of more equitable outcomes for their students of color, students living in poverty, and LGBTQ students. In 2020, she founded Tangled Roots to apply her knowledge of anti-oppression facilitation, organizational change processes and adult learning to contexts within and beyond the education sector.

This 2-day course meets the qualifications for (4) 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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