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POLITICIZING YOUR PRACTICE

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This workshop series is an invitation to re-examining the ways that we have been educated, socialized, and often unconsciously herded into believing that Mental Health - as it stands- is healing and not oppressive. When in fact the current Mental Health Industrial Complex focuses on Treatment, not wellness (more on that in the series). This series seeks to invite you and your organization in. It works best when engaged with and chewed upon- not quickly digested.

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OBJECTIVES FOR THE POLITICIZING YOUR PRACTICE SERIES

 To begin to consider and implement practices that support politicizing and shifting our organizational and interpersonal perspectives.
 To begin to embody that the Personal is indeed Political.
 To begin to build our relationships as a form of resistance.
 To begin an internal process of re-educating, reclaiming, and re-membering your True Self and that of your Ancestors.
 To begin to understand your relationship(s) to your identity, privilege, points of oppression(s), and power.
 To begin a process of re-learning some of your People’s history; whether as colonized or having had colonized, and commit to a re-education.
 To understand how colonization, Historical Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma have dehumanized, disconnected, and removed many people with colonized histories from our ancestry, true selves, community, religions, gifts, and sacred embodiment.
 To unpack the violence of structural oppression in the mental health field and how this continues to show up in our relationships, bodies, finances, mental and emotional health.

 

"Dr. Mullan seamlessly weaved all of this together over Zoom, and I emerged a much more informed and I believe more effective provider."

"I cannot recommend Dr. Mullan’s workshop’s highly enough! I was fortunate enough to participate in her Politicizing Your Practice Series, along with the rest of my team at the ACT Institute at the Center for Practice Innovations in New York City. I am a psychiatrist and I identify as a 64-year-old cis, straight, white male – who for the past two years has been trying to become an effective and productive white ally, a process made all the more pressing by the events of the spring of 2020. I can almost guarantee the Series’ subject matter was not covered in your undergraduate history and political sciences classes or in your clinical training programs. You will be exposed to material in a lecture format – information about, among other things, colonization and intergenerational trauma, and the impact of colonization on our cultural and political structures and ultimately on the physical and mental health of the people we serve who have historically lacked power and have had no voice. This material is supplemented by meaningful discussions, led beautifully by Dr. Mullan, among group members who share their thoughts, feelings, and perhaps most importantly, stories reflecting their own experiences with race and in some cases the trauma associated with racism. Dr. Mullan seamlessly weaved all of this together over Zoom, and I emerged a much more informed and I believe more effective provider. I also grew as a white ally and the Series brought our group closer together through the sharing of our own narratives and the shared experience of learning about the devastating effects of colonization in America. If you are involved in the delivery of mental health services and work with disenfranchised communities, whatever your race, ethnicity, age, etc., this Series should be part of your journey."

David Lowenthal, MD, JD, Medical Director, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Psychiatry, PYP Participant

 

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"Dr. Mullan seamlessly weaved all of this together over Zoom, and I emerged a much more informed and I believe more effective provider."

"I cannot recommend Dr. Mullan’s workshop’s highly enough! I was fortunate enough to participate in her Politicizing Your Practice Series, along with the rest of my team at the ACT Institute at the Center for Practice Innovations in New York City. I am a psychiatrist and I identify as a 64-year-old cis, straight, white male – who for the past two years has been trying to become an effective and productive white ally, a process made all the more pressing by the events of the spring of 2020. I can almost guarantee the Series’ subject matter was not covered in your undergraduate history and political sciences classes or in your clinical training programs. You will be exposed to material in a lecture format – information about, among other things, colonization and intergenerational trauma, and the impact of colonization on our cultural and political structures and ultimately on the physical and mental health of the people we serve who have historically lacked power and have had no voice. This material is supplemented by meaningful discussions, led beautifully by Dr. Mullan, among group members who share their thoughts, feelings, and perhaps most importantly, stories reflecting their own experiences with race and in some cases the trauma associated with racism. Dr. Mullan seamlessly weaved all of this together over Zoom, and I emerged a much more informed and I believe more effective provider. I also grew as a white ally and the Series brought our group closer together through the sharing of our own narratives and the shared experience of learning about the devastating effects of colonization in America. If you are involved in the delivery of mental health services and work with disenfranchised communities, whatever your race, ethnicity, age, etc., this Series should be part of your journey."

David Lowenthal, MD, JD, Medical Director, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Psychiatry, PYP Participant

 

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Session #1


Historical Trauma & Intergenerational Trauma Transmission

This session is the foundation of this course. It is our belief that we cannot discuss decolonizing without first understanding what colonization is, where it has happened, and how the effects of colonization have emotionally and physically affected people today.

Session 1 will define Historical Trauma, Historical Grief, Forced Migration, and Intergenerational Trauma Transmission. This session will provide examples of various theories of trauma transmission and their effects on impacted communities and marginalized identities.

By the end of this session participants will be better prepared to explore

➤ The impacts of colonization
➤ What it means to decolonize within mental health
➤ The ways trauma be unknowingly and knowingly transmitted throughout generations
➤ The effects of persistent cycles of trauma on the family and already impacted communities
➤ The ways participants begin to unpack and reconnect with their own ancestry and histories of colonization

Session #2


Structural Oppression in Mental Health

Session two will bring participants into the present by creating a cord of understanding between historical trauma, the intergenerational trauma process, and the current mental health system. In this session, we will make connections between the impact of colonization and supremacy on our current cultural and political climate and how this affects mental health, educational, and healthcare systems. We will explore how mental health professionals unconsciously perpetuate bias and harm, specifically into poor communities.

By the end of session two, participants will be better able to: 

➤ Define racism, microaggressions, prejudice, power, privilege, and intersectionality;
➤ Define White Supremacy and how White-Bodied Supremacy dehumanizes us all (all races and identities);
➤ Explain and unpack “Why Are People Poor?”
➤ Define and work with people living with Racial Trauma;
➤ Have a stronger understanding of mental health oppression, and how it impedes emotional health and all other liberation movements; and
➤ Support participants in connecting Structural Oppression to the communities we work with.

Session #3


Politicizing Our Mental
and Emotional Health Practices

Session three will weave together the foundational and historical trauma material from Session 1 and the current day structural systems impacting the communities our organizations serve in Session 2. This session challenges participants to develop and explore what a “politicized” and “decolonized” frame may look like when working with impacted communities. We will explore conscious emotional and wellness theories, practices, and ways of conceptualizing that place people at the center of our work, and structures as secondary benefactors.

By The End Of This Session, Participants will be able to

➤ Define what “Politicizing & Decolonizing Mental Health” will look like for your organization;
➤ Identify other organizations, hospitals, and community centers that have a decolonized and equitable healing justice frame;
➤ Create accountability circles and teams that will center decolonization and equitable practices that reduce pathologizing and stigmatizing therapeutic-learned behaviors;
➤ Allow participants to accept personal accountability for previously learned educational practices that have not benefited impacted communities

What's Included:

➤ 3 Pre-Recorded 90 Minute Educational Sessions (Valued at $4500)

➤ The Intergenerational Tree of Trauma Transmission  (Valued at $750)

➤ Structure & framework for Affinity groups within your organization  (Valued at $2000)

➤ Reflection questions to encourage participants to apply the concepts & knowledge taught in each course (Valued at $750)

➤ Complete & detailed step-by-step guide for those facilitating for groups + Email Templates for organizers of the Politicizing Your Practice Series (Valued at $350)

➤ Complete & detailed step-by-step guide for Individuals participating in the Politicizing Your Practice Series (PRICELESS!)

➤ Feedback opportunities at each juncture of the series, which our team evaluates as part of our creative process in the next courses to be released (PRICELESS!)

➤ Dr. Jenn's Recommended Books, Articles & Resources (PRICELESS!)

Total Value = $8030

2022 PRICE = $3,500

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POLITICIZING YOUR PRACTICE: 

GROUP IMMERSION EXPERIENCES

The 3-part immersion is an opportunity for your organization to go deeper into each one of the workshops. With the immersion, following the viewing of each recorded workshop, your organization will have a 2-hour immersion to further explore the topic and dig deeper into how the workshop topic is present within your organization. The 3-part immersion with Dr. Jennifer Mullan is completely customized to fit your organization's needs and is a space where your organization can turn knowledge into action.

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Affectionately nicknamed “the Rage Doctor” by peers and clients, Dr. Jennifer Mullan (she/her) is trained as a Clinical Psychologist, and is a published author.

She currently serves communities as a Consultant for behavioral and mental health organizations and schools, Ancestral wound worker, and CEO and founder of Decolonizing Therapy, LLC. Dr. Mullan seeks to unpack the oppressive legacy of modern mental health practices, and reconnect practitioners and clients* to the roots of our wounding and healing within a sociopolitical lens, most particularly for Queer Indigenous Black Brown People of Color (QIBPOC). She has been featured in Allure, GQ, The Today Show, Cosmopolitan, The Calgary Journal, and was selected by ESSENCE Magazine to receive the 2020 Essential Hero Award, in the category of Mental Health.

Dr. Mullan believes that un-learning and embodiment are essential components in addressing the profound effects of systemic inequities, historical, and intergenerational trauma on people’s mental health. Through Decolonizing Therapy’s™ “Politicizing Your Practice” series, intensive Immersions, interactive workshops, keynotes, and healing retreats, she seeks to create containers of liberated, decolonial praxis. Dr. Mullan helps people return Home to themselves, their lineages, their Peoples indigenous ways of healing, and lights the fire towards collective action.

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PRAISES FOR DR. JENNIFER MULLAN 

"Dr. Mullan has an amazing talent for holding space for others while also challenging them to deal with difficult subjects."

Dr. Mullan supported the Race to Justice Team through a hard time. We were struggling with managing racial equity projects across the NYC Health Department and working on aspects of the COVID pandemic. She helped our team have difficult conversations and worked with each of us to set healthy boundaries. Her warm and calm nature was a welcome reprieve at such a chaotic time. She also worked with multiple teams across our agency, providing powerful workshops on racial justice. Dr. Mullan has an amazing talent for holding space for others while also challenging them to deal with difficult subjects. Her workshops shed new light on the history and workings of oppression, and she gave attendees concrete tools to aid in healing. Dr. Mullan is an invaluable consultant for all racial equity efforts.

L Tantay

Current Founder and President - L Tantay Consulting, Inc.

Former Acting Director of Race to Justice

- NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

"Dr. Mullan provides the anti-oppressive lens that the mental health field has needed for over one hundred years."

Learning from Dr. Mullan has been one of the highlights of my academic and clinical career. We were lucky to have Dr. Mullan facilitate phenomenal workshops for our DEI Seminar "Uncomfortable Conversations in the Therapy Room" at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her ability to synthesize community healing, mindfulness of intergenerational trauma, and the decolonization of traditional therapy training always leaves our students (and faculty) deeply changed and humbled for the better. Dr. Mullan provides the anti-oppressive lens that the mental health field has needed for over one hundred years.

Dr. Jen Douglas (she/they)

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Stanford University School of Medicine

 

 

 

Your ENTIRE Education Is A Form of Colonization

The purpose of this series is NOT to provide step-by-step directions on HOW to “decolonize your therapy/ teaching/ non-profit.” Instead, the purpose is to create a space for Re-Education, Self-Reflection, Build Community, Support Your Org in Building Active Support, and Re-Membering.
This is an invitation to EMBODY the work, not just INTELLECTUALIZE the work.

Self Guided

$3,500

Politicizing Your Practice Series

  • 3 Pre-Recorded 90 Minute Educational Sessions
  • The Intergenerational Tree of Trauma Transmission 
  • Structure & framework for Affinity groups
  • Reflection questions
  • Step-by-step guide for those facilitating for groups
  • Email Templates for organizers
  • Step-by-step guide for Individuals participating
  • Feedback opportunities
  • Dr. Jenn's Recommended Books, Articles & Resources

 

 

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Group Immersion

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Politicizing Your Practice Series

  • 3 Pre-Recorded 90 Minute Educational Sessions
  • The Intergenerational Tree of Trauma Transmission 
  • Structure & framework for Affinity groups
  • Reflection questions
  • Step-by-step guide for those facilitating for groups
  • Email Templates for organizers
  • Step-by-step guide for Individuals participating
  • Feedback opportunities
  • Dr. Jenn's Recommended Books, Articles & Resources
  • 3 Two hour workshops with Dr. Jennifer Mullan to further explore the topic and dig deeper into how the workshop topic is present within your organization
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Our training offer conscious, trauma-informed, professionally guided tips and tools to effectively achieve optimal mental health and well-being on a daily basis. All workshops are accompanied by a coping skills workbook so that participants have a form of continued education beyond what they learn in our trainings with resources, a reflection guide, and techniques for your holistic and culturally conscious wellness.

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