WORKSHOPS

BUILDING ANTI-RACIST PRACTICE

Current Offerings

February 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16th 2024
7:00-8:30 pm

Doing Our Work: an Anti-Racist Affinity Space for White Parents to Build Skills and Accountability

Alison Gerig, LCSW and Sarah Halley

This 8 week course will focus on doing our own racial identity work to become more effective in addressing racism as white people and parents. We believe that the more we unlearn our own racism, the better we will be at raising anti-racist children and be in service to building more anti-racist schools and communities.

The training will offer a combination of didactic and experiential experiences. There will be opportunities for self-reflection and exploration through personal sharing, body practices, small group work, and journaling. We will include resources in between sessions to read, watch, and reflect in order to prepare us for our time together. We will invite somatic/body awareness throughout our meetings to further build the muscle to stay present in the work.

Workshop Goals & Outcomes:

  • Support white parents in their racial identity development (awareness of racial identity, power and privilege that come with being white in white supremacy)
  • Normalize conversations about race, skill building in talking about race, racism and white supremacy
  • Build our capacity as white parents to tolerate racial stress to lean into hard conversations and actions that address racism and promote racial healing and justice
  • Practice breaking white solidarity through skill building in addressing racism and supporting our children’s racial competency

Fee:
$240 – $320 ($30-$40 a session)
Co-parent discount: $450 to $550 for 2 parents/caregivers
Full payment due up front (or in two installments if needed) – check or VENMO @alisongerig
We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to support the racial reparations work being done locally by Greene Street Friends Meeting in Germantown, PA.

Expectations:
Ideally attend all sessions, miss one if needed (other than sickness)

Facilitators:

Sarah Halley & Alison Gerig have offered workshops and training around anti-racism and White racial identity for several decades. They have also worked extensively as parents and with faculty at Greene Street Friends School for over 7 years. To learn more about them you can go to: whitepeopleconfrontingracism.org/facilitators and alisongerig.com

Past workshops

2023

Clinical Responsibility in Racial Equity and Cultural Inclusivity: An Advanced Immersive Learning Experience

Are you wondering how to do more as a therapist around fighting racism and racial violence? I invite you to join Laura and I on a journey to learn how to divest from White supremacy in ourselves and in the clinical field.
You will:

  • Deepen your self-awareness around internalized white supremacy and how it shows up in your work
  • Learn ways to engage clients around internalized racism
  • Be able to identify White dominant clinical characteristics that are taught within our educational institutions and internship settings and antidotes to these behaviors
  • Learn how to respond to a micro-aggression or racist incident either from someone else or yourself
  • Hold ourselves more accountable around committing to anti-racism practices in our professional and personal lives

Alison Gerig, LCSW and Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW of Hindsight Consulting

Hosted virtually by The Center for Professional Development at Bryn Mawr College.

2021

Clinical Responsibility in Racial Equity and Cultural Inclusivity : An Immersive Learning Experience

This series will provide clinical study of the impact of racism and white supremacy on psychotherapy work.

Alison Gerig, LCSW and Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW of Hindsight Consulting

Hosted virtually by The Center for Professional Development at Bryn Mawr College.

2019 & 2020

It’s Always in the Field: Race and White Fragility as a White Therapist

Alison Gerig, LCSW and Laura Hinds, MSW, LSW

An intensive one day workshop for White therapists wanting to address race and explore how white fragility shows up in their therapy work.

2019

Ethical Considerations In The Field: A Gestalt Therapy Approach To Discussing Race

Alison Gerig, LCSW and Jennifer C Jones, PhD, LCSW

Hosted by Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia

2019

The Relationship is Everything: Social Location and the Therapy Relationship

Alison Gerig, LCSW and Jennifer C Jones, PhD, LCSW

Hosted by the Philadelphia Trans-Wellness Conference

2016, 2018, 2019

How to move from Gatekeeper to Ally: Letter Writing and advocacy around gender transition

Alison Gerig, LCSW, Michele Angello, PhD, and Lane DiFlavis, LCSW

Hosted by the Philadelphia Trans-Wellness Conference

2015

From Pathology to Celebration: Social Work’s Connection to Gender Liberation

Keynote Presentation by Alison Gerig, LCSW

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers

Alison and Laura embodied and transmitted an integrity of feeling, vision, and action to which I aspire. The workshop challenged me in ways that were clear, grounded, and connected enough that I could hear what was being said, and it has motivated me to keep applying that insight right at the edge of where I’m most uncomfortable and scared.
Workshop Participant