Like so many institutions, the Traumatic Stress Institute has set a strategic priority on embodying anti-racism in our organizational culture. The racial reckoning of the past couple of years has provided us with an opportunity to acknowledge our blind spots and work to reconcile those gaps.
One of our first actions over the past year was the creation of a new supplement to the Teaching Manual for Risking Connection called “Teaching Risking Connection with an Anti-Racist Lens.” In collaboration with an Advisory Committee made up of RC Trainers and Champions with diverse racial and ethnic identities, we were able to produce this supplement. It is NOT meant to replace the Teaching Manual, but rather offer insights and strategies to weave an anti-racist mindset into your teaching.
This deeper dive will build on last December’s webinar, when the Anti–Racism supplement was introduced, with the following goals in mind:
• Review the supplement
• Provide participants with teaching tips about how to incorporate concepts such as historical trauma, the impact of chronic stress and racism on health and the nervous system, societal messages that disrupt development of the body, brain and self-capacities, as well as the impact of racism on preventing and addressing vicarious trauma
• TSI Trainers will share how they have used the supplement to date
• Participants will have a chance to share examples from their use of the supplement as they teach Risking Connection
This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our comfort zones and gain confidence when making the link between racism and trauma while teaching Risking Connection.
TSI Faculty Trainers Pat Wilcox, LCSW, Juwana Hall, MSW, LSW, and Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW