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Sustaining & Empowering Change Agents

  • February 09, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom Video Conference
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How does racialized trauma in each of our bodies impact our ability to engage in anti-racism work? Where do we begin and how do we sustain the dismantling of systemic inequality as mental health providers and as community members? The work we do as healers is inextricably intertwined with social justice and the journey is lifelong. It requires our own ability to ground ourselves and heal in order to maintain present in the work. This interactive session will bring awareness to the racialized trauma each of us carries and it’s role in perpetuating systemic racial oppression. You will have an opportunity to practice techniques to settle and regulate your own internal system as a foundation for effective leadership in anti-racism work. If you’re not yet sure where to direct your energy as a change agent, you’ll have a chance to explore some options and connect with colleagues who share similar interests. 


  • Participants can describe the concept of racialized trauma and how it perpetuates systemic racial oppression.
  • Participants are able to apply techniques to manage their racialized trauma responses and engage as a change agent in their sphere of influence.


Tanya Ranchigoda
is a 1st generation Sri Lankan, Canadian, American. Tanya has been an adjunct faculty lecturer at the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington since 2010 and has also taught at the Seattle University MSW program. Recently she has started as a clinical director for MEND, a low-fee counseling agency based in inter sectional feminism and social justice work. In addition, she maintains a small private mental health practice where she focuses on supporting individuals and families with adjustment to chronic/terminal illness, significant life transitions, grief and loss, and crisis intervention. She provides individual and group MSW supervision with a focus on BIPOC professional experiences. Tanya’s teaching is informed by a mindfulness framework, anti-racism, and co-liberation. It includes a framework of diversity and inclusion, not limited to, but including discussions on micro-aggressions, power dynamics, and privilege. In the past 5 years, Tanya has provided diversity, equity, and inclusion consultation to profit and non-profit organizations. 

Carrie Heron, LSWAIC: Principal at Unstruck, LLC, provides therapy, coaching, and consulting with a trauma-informed, social justice lens.  Beginning her career in residential treatment, she moved into diversity training while earning her MSW.  She then spent seven years working on the Learning & Development and Diversity teams at Casey Family Programs.  And another seven years at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, first in Learning, Leadership & Organization Development and then helping to launch the foundation’s first formal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs.  Along the way she became certified in yoga-based therapy, which solidified her approach of using neuroscience and trauma integration to shift the unconscious thoughts and habitual behaviors that keep people and organizations stuck.

CEUs offered
2 cues
APA CE credit for psychologists granted through WSPA


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Program 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 Renton, WA 98058 •

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