Trainings and Consultations!

The following are trainings available to organizations and groups in any country, via Zoom, Google Hangouts or Microsoft Teams:

Facilitated action-oriented session supporting goal-setting in coming to terms with anti-racist, abolition, or reparations work. For individuals or communities building anti-racist culture.

a. Power Dynamics, Race and Culture
b. Implicit Bias and its effects
c. Microaggressions: labelling, interrupting and defining
d. Inclusive Practice – Pragmatic answers to Organizational Issues
Each section will go down to specific topics, like implicit bias, our cultural frameworks, perceived microaggressions, tokenism, colorism, and other manifestations of structural power dynamics that play out daily in our workplace with co-workers and when working with clients/service users. The first three parts outline the specific dynamics that occur in non-profit and other spaces, and the last section addresses questions raised about practice. We will reflect on strategies currently used in organizations to create a more inclusive and collaborative environment for marginalized identities. This training discusses issues and terminology rarely addressed elsewhere.
We will address aspects such as accessibility, and collaborative partnerships that are culturally appropriate, instead of traditional outreach models. In advanced versions of this training, we will detail how to make a responsive Organizational Equity Plan for your program.​

In this training we look at strategies used in Building Organizational Equity Plans. This may include: Processing Past Issues and Moving Forward Collectively; Internal and external strategies; Familiarizing leadership with effectiveness and practice around a Strategic Plan; inclusion framework; recommendations from Staff Inclusion committees, and an organizational Equity Lens; Trouble-shooting: Identifying Areas of Need; Outreach, Programming, Recruiting, Structural or other Community-Building practices organizationally; Reflective exercises throughout the workshop; and lastly Adding or revising policies, procedures and practices.

This training focuses on a Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Care lens, that address structural and historic oppression and introduces the concept of how trauma effects people and their lives. Outlines ACES, short-term and long-term effects of trauma, PTSD and other analyses of trauma and how it psychologically, socially and developmentally affects our clients.
We go through the importance of and modes of Trauma-Informed care and possible triggers in our workplaces. We compare models of delivery in direct service settings with a trauma-informed lens vs. a non-informed lens. We look at programs and program teams to reflect on how colleagues may enact TIC with each other. Some case studies might include what de-escalation, home visits or meetings could look like. We discuss different cultural frameworks and bridging intercultural communication styles that may come up in practice. Lastly, we address vicarious trauma, and ways to de-escalate and minimize secondary traumatic stress.​

We will learn about different situations that may or may not require intervention.Understand what is meant by the terms ‘allyship’, ‘de-escalation’, and ‘solidarity’.
We will learn about the bystander effect, and different situations that may or may not require intervention.
Learn when it is appropriate to intervene, vocalize, use an exit strategy, or stay and de-escalate. We will address how to overcome certain inhibitions around bystander intervention. Learn how to use voice and body to create distance, de-escalate, or self-defend, in a situation, in public or in a workplace.
Learn other aspects of bystander intervention, including using your
presence or physical self as a tool of solidarity. Together we will discuss group agreements and finalize elements of a process and procedure for your team. Roleplaying is included, however participants can choose to opt out if uncomfortable.

An Awareness Training:
Learn the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive communication.
Understand the different communication styles inter-culturally, and how they interact. We reflect on ways to modify communication styles to bridge across different approaches.
We will look at collectivism vs individualism, and high vs low context cultures and how they contribute to expectations around communication.
This session will also cover different modes and objectives of communication, various cognitive and working styles, and how to address those differences in the workplace.

Participants will learn information pertaining to their communities and services, and ways to improve interactions with clients from trans and queer communities. We will address the context of gender within feminism, and examine the historical concepts of gender, including:
*the idea of gender as binary,
*feminism and social constructs,
*gender as performed,
*gender as a continuum, and/or matrix
*gender as fluid.
Trainees will learn the meanings of queer, transgender, heteronormativity, and other related terminology.
We will talk about language, vocabulary, terminology, daily structural struggles, and how gender constructs, are a concept different to sexuality.  We will discuss transitioning, presenting, passing, and not outting folks. This may include discussion around intake processes, documentation, greetings and other communication. Participants will be led through some reflection on their own gender constructs. Lastly, we will talk about different methods of alliance, solidarity and support for trans communities.​

*Identity and Intersectionality
*Inclusive Practice (how to work in terms of culture, race, access, abilities, etc)
*Cultural considerations when looking at justice models
*The connection between school, exclusion and criminalization
*Restorative Justice
*Transformative Justice
*Trauma-sensitive practices
*New paradigms of harm reduction, and how that looks in schools
*Practical examples of implementation in a domestic violence setting, and with youth

This is an introductory trainings addressed to people in direct service who interact with clients who are experiencing various states of mental health, and the best ways of approaching and working with them. We will address definitions, de-escalation, calming strategies, building safety plans and how to integrate knowledge and trauma informed practices into procedure.
Objectives include:
Understand definitions of ‘mental health’ and ‘disability’
Understand de-escalation for different situations, including suicidation, and how it relates to trauma informed care
Roleplay to practice responding to different situations​

A facilitated discussion around #metoo and gender inequity around notions of consent.
An opportunity to reflect on, listen and share about the current cultural approach to the objectification of
different genders, and how that relates to the power dynamics that lead to situations implied in the #metoo movement.Objectives include:
Understand the historical and current ramifications of #metoo
Contextualize gender and feminist thinking
Relate this to work practices in terms of mechanisms of power

As a continuation of Trauma Informed Care – We will raise awareness to understand vicarious trauma and how self care can mitigate its effects. We will address how to promote resilience and navigation of stressors and activators. We will increase knowledge of different types of self care, especially in terms of personal triggers. We will utilize exercises and reflections that can be used by supervisors with their teams (or families!).

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Workshops on Racism, the Experiences of Women of Colour and Inclusive Practices

Had three workshops at NOWSA 2013 at Melbourne University yesterday and today. More info here

Two empowerment workshops for women* negatively affected by racism and the final one today for WOC and allies. A really good discussion by WOC-only for most of the duration of the workshop, and then 10 minutes of questions and discussion with allies. Tears, catharsis, discovery and elation. I am deeply grateful for everyone for attending and thank you for speaking so eloquently, honestly and passionately.

Below are notes written before the beginning of the workshop and while people were bringing up points (ran out of space).


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On a related note, here is the brainstorm from a workshop in late 2012 on mediation between and inclusion of different intersectional identities and grievances in organising for direct actions and events, in the student environmental movement. This was a workshop for ASEN (Australian Student Environment Network).



Other workshops in 2012 were in Sydney, Berlin, Stockholm and Copenhagen about Racism, Inclusive Practices, Gentrification, and Displacement. Wish I had some photos or notes from those! Talked with an asylum-seeker support centre in Copenhagen in Nørrebro about how they organise and structure their service, and revised some stuff to work more effectively with POCs and the local refugee camps.

Over the last three months I interviewed Vietnamese residents and business owners on Illawarra Rd in Marrickville about the white-washing, development and rising housing prices in the neighbourhood; and the displacement and dissipation of a Vietnamese community that has been in Marrickville for 30 years. When I get some time, I will finish editting of the audio and upload those too. Also, I’ll try to post the accompanying writing that I came up with at the time, about the projected white futures of gentrifying neighbourhoods, how invisibilising current immigrant communities is a systematic strategy to sell property and “upgrade” trendy hipster towns all over the Western world.

Please feel free to write to me and ask me any questions.