Decolonize Your Practice!

The 8-week program for mental health clinicians seeking to incorporate anti-oppressive, social justice oriented, and liberatory values in their practice.

Here is what you are dealing with:

  • You want to change your practice from the inside out and make it truly responsive to clients of historically underrepresented and marginalized identities.

  • You have attended all the trainings, you have an anti-oppressive peer consultation group, and/or you have all the CEUs on cultural “competence”, but this doesn't necessarily translate into better outcomes for clients of underrepresented communities.

  • You or your agency have hired a DEI consultant (and don’t even get me started with J.E.D.I.), but checking all these boxes still feels like it is not enough.

And maybe this is also what is happening for you:

  • You are concerned that you have not unlearned enough from your white and western education (yes, even if you are BIPoC or a member of another marginalized group).

  • You are afraid of messing up in session while providing an intervention, but definitely don’t want to ask for feedback from your clients or coworkers of underrepresented identities.

  • You are frustrated at the things cultural "competency" trainings do not address.

  • You are not sure how to go from theory to practice when it comes to being culturally responsive and culturally curious (curious from the heart, not from your desire to not feel uncomfortable).

  • You are not providing services to everyone in your community because you are concerned of not being effective enough with a client who is outside your comfort zone (let's be honest, we're talking about a client who doesn't look like you, but who could benefit from your amazing approach and experience!)

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The truth is...

I cannot tell you how to decolonize your own practice. And I am not going to give you a set of instructions on how to do it. But I will help you figure it out!

With the support of a caring community of like-minded clinicians, you will be encouraged to choose the first steps that make the most sense to you and your practice.

But...

Imagine if you could have your own blueprint or process to know how to start decolonizing your practice in a way that works for you.

When you join this program, you will start focusing on the areas of your practice that make the most sense to have a truly welcoming space that benefits your clients and your community.

And this is what will happen...

  1. You will hold yourself accountable with ease and lean into discomfort supported by a group of professional peers in a similar journey.

  2. ​You will be part of a community of fellow clinicians committed to bringing anti-oppressive, liberation focused, and social justice values to their practices.

  3. ​You will have an impact in your community and beyond the therapy room.

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I will be supporting you along the way:

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Hi, I’m Silvana (she/her/ella), I am a psychotherapist and consultant dedicated to supporting other mental health practitioners in their journeys of decolonization and liberation. Through Decolonize Your Practice, I help fellow colleagues decolonize their practices in a wholesome and embodied way so that they can serve their clients in a practice centered on anti-oppression, liberation, and decolonization.

Why do I do this? Because I believe that the mental health field has been white and western dominated for too long and it does not center enough the experiences of people who do not conform to the imposed norm (western, white, patriarchal, cis, het, able bodied, neurotypical, and I could go on and on).

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This is what you'll do next...

  • You'll enroll.

  • You'll receive an invitation email with further instructions.

  • You'll respond to some engagement prompts prior to our first meeting.

  • The program will consist of 2 cohorts: one for BIPOC clinicians, and one for white identified clinicians so that this is both a brave and safe space.

  • We will have weekly 90-minute meetings (10am-11:30am PST) for 8 weeks; on Tuesdays for BIPOC and Thursdays for white clinicians.

  • You will need around 3 hours a week for journaling, reflection, and unlearning (“homework”).

  • In every group call you will have:

    • Check in time, to make sure you are joining the meeting from a grounded place and be able to do uncomfortable, but good work.

    • Breaks to take care of yourself:

      • 1 community sharing mini break: unstructured time to share your thoughts, feelings, and sensations with the group, if you’d like. Seriously, I’ll just be hanging out in the background.

      • 1 intentional no-screen break: to stretch, check in with your body, and come back to your center.

    • Check out time, to make sure that there are no lingering thoughts, feelings, or sensations left unattended.

  • Bonus 1: weekly 60-minute Q&A for 7 weeks.

  • Bonus 2: “Ask me ANYTHING” office hours (a.k.a. asynchronous 1:1 coaching):

    • Send me your questions anonymously (if you want) via google forms. Seriously, you are paying me to answer your questions. Send ALL of them, even the ones you feel ashamed to ask!

    • I will respond to the whole group: everyone benefits from the answer and the whole group holds space for everybody’s reactions and process.

    • There is no limit for the number of questions you can send.

  • You'll have access to all the recordings and material forever!

And this is what we'll do every week...

Week 1

We'll get to know each other, we'll talk about the foundations of a liberated, anti-oppressive, and decolonized practice. Plus experiential practice to get in touch not only with our shame and guilt, but also with our curiosity and compassion (yes... those feelings... but otherwise, how could we move on with these work?)

Week 2

Some concepts, what is this all about? We'll make sure we have the same understanding of some terms we will be using.

Week 3

We'll talk about our social locations and how they show up in the therapy room (and elsewhere!)

Week 4

We'll name and understand the areas of our practices that we can begin decolonizing.

Week 5

We will list our barriers to decolonizing our practice and how to overcome them.

Week 6

We'll bring everything together: hopes, expectations, intentions, fears, challenges and we'll learn how to hold space for all of this as we move forward.

Week 7

We'll decide where to start. We choose a tangible area and practical steps to begin decolonizing our practices.

Week 8

We'll decide where we go from here. We'll share our visions to continue engaging in this work in the next 5, 10, 15, 20, 30+ years, both in the therapy room and in our communities.

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When?

Cohort A for BIPOC clinicians:

Tuesday 10am-11:30am PST

Week 1: July 12th, 2022

Week 2: July 19th, 2022

Week 3: July 26th, 2022

Week 4: August 2nd, 2022

Week 5: August 9th, 2022 

Week 6: August 16th, 2022

Week 7: August 23rd, 2022

Week 8: August 30th, 2022

Bonus calls for cohort A:

Monday 11am-12pm PST

BC 1: July 18th, 2022

BC 2: July 25th, 2022

BC 3: August 1st, 2022

BC 4: August 8th, 2022

BC 5: August 15th, 2022

BC 6: August 22nd, 2022

BC 7: August 29th, 2022

Cohort B for white clinicians:

Thursday 10am-11:30am PST

Week 1: July 14th, 2022

Week 2: July 21st, 2022

Week 3: July 28th, 2022

Week 4: August 4th, 2022

Week 5: August 11th, 2022

Week 6: August 18th, 2022

Week 7: August 25th, 2022

Week 8: September 1st, 2022

Bonus calls for cohort B:

Wednesday 11am-12pm PST

BC 1: July 20th, 2022

BC 2: July 27th, 2022

BC 3: August 3rd, 2022

BC 4: August 10th, 2022

BC 5: August 17th, 2022

BC 6: August 24th, 2022

BC 7: August 31st, 2022

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Investment

The entire 8-week program costs:

  • $1900 for white identified clinicians ($100/hr or less)

  • $1700 for BIPOC clinicians ($85/hr or less)

This includes forever access to the recordings of our meetings, bonus meetings (even if you couldn't participate), all the material you received, and unlimited access to a communal space where you can interact with peers who participated in your and other cohorts.

Do you need a payment plan? Please let me know!

Deadline to apply: Tuesday 5th of July, 2022

Once you apply for the program, you will be directed to complete a form. If the program is right for you, you will receive a welcome email with further instructions to enroll. If the program is not right for you, I will let you know.

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This is for you if:

  • You are a mental health clinician.

  • You want to go beyond just understanding the concepts of anti-oppression, liberation, and decolonization and want to apply these concepts in your day to day.

  • You are ready to make an impact in your community, not just in the lives of your therapy clients.

  • You would like to explore, process, and unlearn colonization.

  • You are ready to get out of your comfort zone (but for real).

  • You know this program is not the end all be all and you will continue unlearning beyond this experience.

  • You see your work as political and your impact as beyond that of the therapy room.

  • You are interested in your professional and personal growth, as well as the growth of your community.

  • You are highly motivated to change the ethos of your practice even if it is already affirming and inclusive.

  • You want to support historically underrepresented communities, even if your support goes unnoticed.

This is not for you if:

  • You are a professional in non mental health disciplines.

  • You want to get CEUs on cultural “competency”.

  • You who want to learn the basics of social justice.

  • You want a set of rules and instructions on how to incorporate social justice values into your practice (and not do your own discovery of what works for you).

  • You want to feel safe and comfortable at all times.

  • You don’t see your work as political and just want to practice therapy.

  • You want a program that helps you only with  your professional growth.

  • You believe there is nothing you should change in your practice to make it more inclusive for historically underrepresented communities.

  • You consider yourself an effective ally to historically underrepresented/marginalized communities.

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Q&A

How much time should I dedicate to this?

At least three hours a week to complete all the engagement questions in between calls.

What if I have to miss a call?

All calls will be recorded, and if you have any questions about the content of a call you missed, you can ask your group through the groups page (a private space within this site that you will have access to).

 

Do I already have to know about social justice, liberation, anti-oppression, and decolonization to sign up?

Yes, this is an “intermediate course” that assumes you are familiar with these basic concepts and the history of them. This program will help you put these concepts into practice, will encourage you to get more insights about your relationship to your identities (are you accepting of them?) and your relationship to these concepts (are you embodying them?)

Do I need to be a licensed clinician to enroll in this program?

Not at all! You can be anywhere in the professional spectrum. You could be still in grad school, licensed, retired, teaching, supervising, doing clinical work, admin work, or both. This program is for you as long as you work in mental health and have a basic foundation of social justice, anti-oppression, liberation, and decolonization.

Do I need to be in private practice or serving a population in particular?

No and no. You could be working for an agency, group practice, or residential program, etc. and you could still benefit from this program. Likewise, you could be serving BIPOC, “undocumented” immigrants, LGBTQIA2S+, incarcerated populations, unhoused folx, people in palliative care, children in the foster care system, etc. As long as you are serving someone directly or indirectly and are willing to continue your journey as an agent of true change and liberation, then this program is for you. 

Then how are you defining practice? And what exactly am I going to decolonize?

Great question! I am defining practice in a very decolonized way. Your practice is not just your brick and mortar or online office, the treatment you provide, and/or the people you serve. Your practice is also all the ways in which you conduct your work/practice/business, the decisions you make and that affect you and your employees, the people you serve, the colleagues you work with, your supervisees, and your community.

And when I say decolonize, I refer to the ways in which you will unlearn how your white/western socialization is affecting the above areas of your practice.

 

Will I get CEUs for this program?

No. This program does not offer CEUs because I do not want to subject it to the rules and specifications of a particular board. In this program I wanted to have the freedom to have a bold and loud conversation with you about what it takes to decolonize your practice in a wholesome and embodied way. This is not a Cultural “Competence” or Law and Ethics course.

 

What is the refund policy?

Because of the nature of the experience (supporting and holding space for a small group of clinicians who are fully engaged and ready to decolonize their practices) the program does not offer refunds. The expectation is that you will be fully committed to being part of a community of like-minded clinicians from beginning to end to hold and support each other in their processes and growth.

Do I need to be a mental health clinician to join?

Yes and no! This program is open to counselors, therapists, social workers, art therapists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and all other denominations of mental health providers who have social justice values.

If you are a healer and would like to participate now, just send me and email and let me know! We can chat to see if the current structure of the program would meet your needs.

Or, you can sign up for my newsletter to find out when a coaches and healers integrated edition of this program is launched. I am working thoughtfully at making sure that a future iteration of this program is suited to your needs!

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Do you have any other questions? Send me an email: hello@seventhselfconsulting.com