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White Helping Professionals: Facing What It Means to Be a True Racial Ally

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Irene Greene MSED / Greene Growth & Training LLC

The Well: Healing Arts Center

2100 First Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404

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"White Helping Professionals What It Means to Be a True Racial Ally: Facing Our White Liberalism, White Feminism, White-Body Privilege & Savior Complex"

How do our white feminist and liberal views perpetuate racial inequity?
How does our white savior complex and white fragility interfere with us being true racial allies in our workplace and personal life?
How do we hold our racism in our European-American bodies? What will help us identify and reconcile it?
What does it take to be a true racial ally? What is racial humility?

It is imperative that European-American (white) "progressive" and "liberal" helping professionals move beyond conversation and into meaningful systematic action. Ally is a verb! Not a noun.

Too often white-bodied people don’t talk about or we don’t know how to talk about race, white supremacy and privilege or we are afraid to talk about it because we don’t want to show our racism or to "appear racist" or we feel ashamed, defensive or guilty or constricted or we believe "I'm not racist because..."

Explore how our white-body privilege shows up in our work as helping professionals. Discuss what we, progressive European-American helping professionals, need to do personally and professionally to be more aware of our unconscious racial bias.

This workshop is an opportunity for socially conscious mental health, medical, education, and social service providers to join together to create a supportive, informative, confidential and frank space to talk, learn and become meaningful active allies!

Learn what actively working for Racial Justice means in your professional and personal life.

- learn about the topics of White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo), Cultural Appropriation, White Savior Complex, White Liberalism, White Feminism and Intersectionality (Kimberle Crenshaw), White Allyship, Reparations (The Movement for Black Lives), and Racial Humility and Racial Stamina (Robin DiAngelo)

- overtly discuss our whiteness, our white privilege, and systematic racism - in relation to the race dynamics within our work settings - and in our lives in general

- discuss how we, as European-American bodied peoples, hold the constricted nature of racism in our bodies and the body-mind-spirit science that keeps our unconscious biases operating

- understand "white-body supremacy and privilege" (Resmaa Menakem) and its connections to our racial bias, racial trauma and our psycho-biology

- explore the "costs" and "benefits" that white privilege has on us as white-bodied people

- review why us knowing our European ancestry and the history of race and racism is imperative to our self-understanding. Using handouts and worksheets related to European-American racial identity development (Janet Helms), we will each more deeply explore and assess our (conscious and unconscious) racist beliefs and biases

- discuss everyday examples of how institutional and systematic racism has shaped the specific mental health, social and educational services that we provide and tips on what we can do about it

- listen and read what BIPOC want and need us to do to address our whiteness and racial bias

- identify meaningful ways to actively commit to making concrete changes within our European-American bodies, our lives and within the systems in which we work

Participants will receive worksheets and extensive handouts of definitions, concepts and resources

Each participant will make a concrete written plan to take very specific racial equity actions in their personal and professional lives -- actions personally, socially-culturally and professionally.

Please note: This workshop is grounded in the premises that racism exists and that all European-Americans gain privilege from the systems of white-body supremacy. To be a racial ally means that we European-Americans have an obligation and responsibility to understand and "own" our racism and privilege, and then, to actively work for racial justice. It is especially helpful if participants already have some understanding of their own privilege or are open to learning more about it. People who can join in these premises are welcome to attend.

BIPOC are welcome to attend and to participate in whatever ways they choose. The European-American people who attend will be reminded of our racial bias and privilege being played out if we expect or want any present BIPOC to teach or affirm us. (This inclination is a big part of our problem.) It is not ever the role of the oppressed to teach or affirm, etc. their oppressor. Our communities need larger ongoing intentional forums and opportunities to discuss these issues with each other.

Because of the nature of the topic and the more inter-active and experiential format that I use to do this particular version of the anti-racism workshop, space is limited to about 10 people.

Registration for this 4.5 hour training:
Fee: $160/person. Two additional rate options for those who need them: $125/person or $75/person. There are a few tickets available in each category. (No one is turned away for inability to pay.)
(If the option you request doesn't show up when you try to register, that means that option has been sold out. Contact Irene directly for information on how to still register or to be placed on the waiting list.)

Two ways to pay:
(1) Register & pay at this Eventbrite site. (Eventbrite will add on their fees.) Pay the full fee. Or choose an adjusted rate if needed.
(2) OR To avoid the Eventbrite fees, contact Irene for the Eventbrite registration coupon code. Then, complete your registration and enter the coupon code. Please note, to hold your spot, you will need to then send a check for your full payment to Irene. Your spot is confirmed when your payment is received.

Facilitated by: Irene Greene MSED / Greene Growth & Training (More information below.)

CEU forms to submit to your boards for CEUs will be available. (Typically, 4 to 5 CEUs have been granted. Check with your board to confirm your board's particular requirements for acceptance, CEU allotment for workshop hours provided, etc.)

General points about this training:
(1) In this training (as in all of Irene's workshops and trainings), our diversity, in all of its forms, is nurtured, valued and celebrated; including, though not limited, to our sexual, affectional, gender, spiritual, racial, class, age, educational, employment, size, ability and familial differences.
This training is a non-racist, queer-affirming and sex-positive space.
People who can join in these intentions are welcome.

(2) This workshop will incorporate lecture, story-telling, group discussion, personal reflection time, and (optional) personal sharing. Folders with hand-outs, worksheets and a lengthy resource bibliography, as well as healthy snacks, water and tea, will be provided.

(3) Over the past few years Irene has provided this training, and versions of this workshop theme, dozens of times and to a variety of audiences, e.g., social service providers, medical providers, mental health providers, body workers, educators, advocates, volunteers, community members, and social justice organizers.

Facilitator: Irene Greene MSED / Greene Growth & Training LLC
Irene has 29+ years as a therapist, positive psychology and relationship coach, activist, and educator. She is the Chair of the MN LGBTQ+ Therapists Network, a educator in compassion fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma and stress; and resiliency, oppression fatigue and white-body privilege. She facilitates a sexual abuse survivor support group and a helping professionals work-life balance support group, and is a LGBTQIPA2S+ relationship coach. Irene is a past member of the steering committee for MN Women in Psychology and the first Director of the UM-Twin Cities Aurora Sexual Violence Program. Irene's private practice and home are in Minneapolis.
www.irenegreene.com

Other Offerings by Irene Greene:

14 Week Skills & Support Groups:
"Beyond Self-Care & Work-Life Balance: Vicarious Trauma, Stress, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue for Socially Conscious Helping Professionals Support & Skills Group" Mondays, 430-545

"Sexual Abuse Survivors Support & Skills Groups" (2): Tuesdays, 430-545 & Wednesdays, 430-545pm

Workshops by Irene Greene: Multiple Dates. Register at Eventbrite:
"White Helping Professionals What It Means to Be a True Racial Ally: Facing Our White Liberalism, White Feminism, White-Body Privilege & Savior Complex" Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:30 AM to 1 PM; Monday, March 4, 2019

"Minimizing Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Political Trauma Stress for Socially Conscious Helping Professionals: Sustainable Wellness & Self-Care" Feb 22, 2019; April 22, 2019

"LGBTQ+ Relationship Workshop: Connection and Communication Through Differentiation: A Workshop for Socially Conscious Humans" Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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