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Transforming Powerlessness into Power: Emancipatory Practices for Healing Trauma in Activists and other Woke Folks

Co-Sponsored with Seattle University School of Social Work

Vanessa Jackson, MSW

Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00am to 4:00pm
Registration- Events Calendar

Visiting Seattle from Atlanta, Georgia, licensed clinical social worker Vanessa Jackson, MSW will explore the importance of “power literacy” when working with marginalized communities and their allies. She will offer attendees a framework of the Seven Healing Questions to support exploration into how power impacts our functioning, our relationships and our capacity to maintain a state of emotional well-being.

Course Objectives 

  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of Power Wounding as a traumatic experience and how it manifests in clinical and community settings.
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the three aspects of power and how to create culturally conscious and emancipatory interventions and supports in the service of healing.
  • Participants will demonstrate their ability to utilize the Seven Healing Questions as a tool for individual, family and community assessment and healing.

About the Presenter
Vanessa Jackson, LICSW is Soul Doula and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., a personal and professional development consulting practice.  Ms. Jackson earned a Master Degree from Washington University-George Warren Brown School of Social Work.  Ms. Jackson is the author of In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems and Separate and Unequal: The Legacy of Racially Segregated Psychiatric Hospitals, monographs on the history of African-American psychiatric experiences , Surviving My Sister’s Suicide: A Journey Through Grief  in Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (Monica McGoldrick and Froma Walsh, Eds.), Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Feminist Reflections on Therapy with Low-wage Earning Women  in Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities ( Marsha P. Mirkin, et al ,Eds.) and Families of African Origin: An Overview with L. Black in  Ethnicity and Family Therapy, 3rd Edition ( Monica McGoldrick, et al, Eds.)  . She co-edited a book, Understanding Power: An Imperative for Human Services with Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW and Patricia Romney, Ph.D. on power in clinical and community settings. Ms. Jackson’s passion is supporting activists in creating healthy and balanced lives. She offers an Activists Assistance Program to provide politically conscious and clinically sound counseling and healing workshops to Atlanta-area feminist/queer/social justice non-profit organizations.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:30 am- Registration Opens
9:00am- Conference Begins
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Session

Early pricing ends October 1st!
WSSCSW General Members: $125/$155
WSSCSW Associate Members: $50/$80
Students: $25
Non-Members: $150/$180
SU Social Work Students: Free (contact SU SW office for registration code)

CEU's Offered, included in the price: 5.0

Meeting Location
Seattle University- Campion Ballroom (Campion Residence Hall)
914 E. Jefferson St.
Seattle  98122



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