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UNPACKING THE OPPRESSIVE LEGACIES OF MODERN MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES AND RETURNING TO THE ROOT

The Decolonizing Therapy team currently has two signature courses available online:

The three-part “Politicizing Your Practice” helps mental health practitioners, social workers, nonprofits, institutions, grassroots organizations and others to acknowledge and better understand the emotional decolonial process in order to reassess their education and the question of whom they are serving.

The “Honoring Your Sacred Rage” master class is for anyone seeking to expand their understanding of shame, grief and ancestral trauma and the basics of unconscious and protective rage disguises. 

Either can be viewed at your own pace — more information and registration links are below. 

In addition to self-guided learning, we offer Politicizing Your Practice (PYP) group immersions to help the pre-recorded materials come alive and turn knowledge into action. If you or your team are looking for Immersions with Dr. Jenn and/or her team alongside the pre-recorded PYP series, get in touch using this form. We will work with you to customize the guidance to your team’s needs and supplement either course for an additional fee.

Courses and course materials are for educational purposes only, and do not constitute therapy, a therapeutic relationship, medical care, or medical advice. 

POLITICIZING YOUR PRACTICE

“Politicizing Your Practice” is a three-part series that supports therapy practices and nonprofit organizations interested in cultivating a decolonized, anti-oppression lens and praxis in their work. 

The sessions cover:

  • The violence and trauma of colonization and how this shows up in our daily lives
  • The ways practitioners may consciously or unconsciously contribute to harm
  • What it looks like to understand our own roots and ancestral historical experiences
  • How to stop colluding with the mental health industrial complex
  • How to be a white therapist and decolonize
  • Politicizing therapy without talking about politics all the time
  • Radicalizing how an academic department teaches and talks about mental health
  • Keeping a safe and ethical therapeutic frame while weaving in spirituality and healing
  • Bringing action and solidarity into psychotherapy, instead of just identifying trauma and pathologizing

“Politicizing Your Practice” creates a space for re-education and self-reflection about structural oppression in mental health and supports participants to “re-remember” ancestral forms of resiliency. These are sacred and vulnerable spaces that begin to deconstruct and dismantle the mental health industrial complex while creating new practices in community.  

Our team believes it is essential for mental health professionals to question the relatability of the mental health industrial complex and, ultimately, to reassess their education and the question of whom they are serving.

For 6-month access to these three pre-recorded sessions (each between 60-120 minutes long), view our registration page. When you sign up, you receive a hosting manual (for sponsoring organizations), participant guide, worksheets, journal prompts and a list of recommended readings.

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“I have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years and have never experienced a workshop so transformative both at a personal and professional level. I often left the Decolonizing Therapy workshops with more questions than answers, in a good way, and felt a great personal connection to so much of the materials presented.”

—Puja Satwani, LCSW, California, Politicizing Your Practice, participant 

 

HONORING YOUR SACRED RAGE

The “Honoring Your Sacred Rage” master class is for anyone seeking to expand their understanding of sacred rage: its connection to shame, grief and ancestral trauma; the ways our inner rage child requires consistency, embodied boundaries and compassion; and the basics of our unconscious and protective rage disguises.  

We speak to people who:

  • Struggle with accessing or accepting their inner rage child/teen
  • Feel controlled by rage, or perhaps are frightened by it, and seek more balance
  • Desire to understand how trauma gives birth to inner rage, and how this can lead to a direct connection to the sacred
  • Sense that there is a connection between ancestral histories of displacement, oppression and dehumanization and are grappling with how this connects to the present day
  • Want to build an intimate relationship with the specific and sacred rage inherited from their parents and ancestors and use it as an opportunity to heal and transform personal and intergenerational suffering

This online masterclass is offered on a sliding scale of $65 - $150. To learn more and register, view our registration page.

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"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your amazing contribution to our conference. All of us were touched by the thought and work that you put into your talk - many references to local context that did not shy away from the truth about our history and tying it to common global experiences of colonization. I think this is powerful for many reasons." 

 -  Lisa Miller, Regina Sexual Assault Centre, Saskatshawan, Canada (keynote)

 

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