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    • September 28, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 704 Terry Ave. Seattle 98104

    Join us for a free private tour of the Frye Art Museum on Friday, September 28th  We will be visiting the exhibit "Group Therapy"

    Centering on participatory projects and major installations, Group Therapy brings together artworks in a range of media by an international roster of artists and serves as a platform for a full slate of public programs. The exhibition addresses themes of healing and self-care, comprising works that comment on and/or adapt strategies of alternative medicine, psychotherapy, and wellness practices.

    Following the tour we will gather in the museum cafe, Cafe Frieda and discuss the exhibit over lunch (purchased on your own).

    Please RSVP and plan to attend 10 minutes early to meet in the lobby for the tour.

    For location and directions click here: Visit the Frye


    • October 03, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • University of Washington, School of Social Work, Rm 305A/B
    • 30

    Laura Brown, PhD is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Seattle. A speaker and author on feminist therapy theory, she has developed her expertise in trauma over numerous decades of clinical practice. In this Clinical Evening Meeting, she will share insights into the challenges common to survivors of childhood abuse and neglect who find themselves dealing with abusive elders and the death of their abusive parent. Dr. Brown will tell us about the “Death of hope” and how it applies to this kind of complicated grief for survivors. Dr. Brown has written two recent books related to this special topic, Not the price of admission: Healthy relationships after childhood trauma and Your turn for care: Surviving the aging and death of the adults who harmed you.


    • Identify two challenges common for survivors dealing with abusive elders.
    • Understand the concept of the "Death of hope" as it applies to clinical manifestations of complicated grief for survivors whose abusive parent has died.

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Laura Brown, a clinical psychologist in Seattle, has spent her career working with survivors of childhood trauma. A recipient of many awards for her work in trauma treatment and feminist therapy, she is the author of 11 books, including Feminist Psychotherapy, and dozens of articles and chapters. She founded the Fremont Community Therapy Project and is a therapist, trainer, consultant and supervisor.

    Dr. Brown brings her vast experience working with survivors of childhood trauma together with her definition of cultural competence, to help therapists strengthen their understanding of themselves and their clients. She defines cultural competence as the therapist’s capacity to be self-aware in regards to her or his own identities and cultural norms, the therapists abilities to be sensitive to the nuances of the realities of human difference, and the therapist’s capacity to possess an epistemology of difference allowing for creative responses to the client. This model of cultural competence is inherently integrative in that it focuses on people, not theories, and on distress, dysfunction, strength, and resilience, not specific diagnoses.

    In this framework, cultural competence does not consist of learning rules and algorithms about how to work with a particular group of people. It does require a therapist to own and analyze her or his own biases, and to accept the reality of bias as an aspect of being human. This definition does require therapists to understand and own their own experiences of privilege, and to work through guilt or shame about privilege so as not to bring those problematic emotions into the therapeutic exchange. Culturally competent therapists develop awareness of what they represent to their clients and what those clients represent to them in the context of intersectional identity. 

    CEU's Offered
    1.5 ceu's


    Wednesday, October 3, 2018
    Registration & Refreshments: 6:30pm
    Program: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Meeting Location
    UW School of Social Work, Room #305 A
    4101 15th Ave. NE,   Seattle, WA  98105

    The School of Social Work is on the corner of 41st and 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District, directly across from the Meany Parking Garage.

    Parking is readily available on the street, in the parking garage, or on street level parking lots.

    Refund Policy Fees may be refunded up to two weeks prior to the Clinical Evening Meeting, minus a $3.00 administration fee and any online transaction fees.

    Questions?  admin@wsscsw.org

    • October 20, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Seattle University Campion Ballroom
    • 110

    WSSCSW & Seattle University

    Vanessa Jackson, LICSW

    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.

    Power informs our lives at all levels-from how we view ourselves to how we experience the complex world of relationships around us. Unfortunately, after decades of “empowerment” programs to address the challenges facing marginalized communities, many service providers and users have very little language or understanding of how power operates and impacts our lives. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the aspects of power- power over, power with and power from within – and offer a framework of the Seven Healing Questions to support every day inquiry into how power impacts our functioning, our relationships and our capacity to maintain a state of emotional well-being. We will explore the importance of “power literacy” when working with marginalized communities and their allies. Participants will explore how failure to explicitly discuss power in clinical settings can result in re-wounding/re-traumatizing of marginalized populations and how to co-create more emancipatory interventions to support and sustain healing.

    Workshop Agenda

    1. Introduction:  Powerlessness as a path to understanding power:
      The View from an Activist’s Life
    2. Defining Power/ Power Theory
    3. Three Aspects of Power ( Power Over, Power With, Power  from Within)
    4. Power Wounding : A New View of Trauma
    5. The Seven Healing Questions
    6. Transforming Powerlessness into Power and The Politics of Healing (video)
    7. The Healing Power of Story Telling: Constructing New Narratives to Support Healing.
    8. Elements of an Emancipatory Practice
    9. Promising Practices for Healing Power Wounds: Listen to Communities for a Change.
    10. Small Group Power Processing/Large Group Reflections
    11. Q & A/ Evaluation

    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 is a licensed clinical social worker, 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
    8:30AM- Registration Opens
    9:00AM- Conference Begins
    12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch on your own
    1:30PM - 4:00PM Afternoon Session

    CEU's Offered, included in the price

    Meeting Location
    Seattle University- Campion Ballroom
    E. Cherry St. between 12th Ave. & Broadway

    The Campion Ballroom is located on the SW corner of the campus, in the Campion Residence Hall
    , across the street from the Lemieux Library and next to the Archbishop Murphy Apartments. Campus map. The ballroom is to the immediate left as you enter the building.

    Buses 3,4

    The Murphy Garage, Level 1
    Parking is limited and will be on a first come first served basis. Pay machines are located inside the garage. Carpool and bus are recommended.

    Refund Policy
    Fees may be refunded, minus a $25 administrative charge, up to two weeks prior to the conference date, October 6, 2018. No refunds will be given after October 6, 2018.

    Questions? Contact Lara (pd@wsscsw.org)

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