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Fierce Compassion: Skills for Antiracist Conversations
August 10 @ 4:30 pm - September 14 @ 6:00 pm PDTCost: Sliding Scale
About the Event
When you witness microaggressions or racist acts or hear racist words do you feel helpless and confused about how to take fierce and compassionate action? Join Roxy Manning and Sarah Peyton for a six week exploration of the skills needed for different kinds of antiracist conversations, based on Roxy’s new book How to Have Antiracist Conversations and the companion, The Antiracist Heart, co-authored with Sarah Peyton.
During this class series, participants will practice conversations with self, conversations welcoming rage, conversations with supporters, conservations with resistors, conversations across power differences and applied conversations.
Where and when do we meet?
The course will meet on zoom. We’ll meet Thursdays from 4:30 PM – 6 PM Pacific time, from August 10 – Sept 14: To convert to your time, please click here.
The classes will be recorded for participants in many time zones and made available for those who are registered, however not available for sale past this series.
- Aug 10
- Aug 17
- Aug 24
- Aug 31
- Sept 7
- Sept 14
What To Expect:
During this class series, participants will learn and practice:
- Conversations with self
- Conversations welcoming rage
- Conversations with supporters
- Conservations with resistors
- Conversations across power differences
- Applied conversations
This class will be taught by Roxy Manning and Sarah Peyton with a team of assistants supporting. Classes will include lecture and breakout sessions to practice and build familiarity and confidence, and receive feedback and Q+A time from instructors. The course will include lecture and demonstrations, and break-out rooms to practice and embody antiracist dialogue skills.
Breakout Group Options for Global Majority Participants
- We acknowledge the unique challenges encountered by Global Majority people when engaging in this type of work in spaces that tend to be white dominant. These can include being asked to educate white participants about racism, discrimination, and social justice issues, being seen and treated as representatives of their entire race or ethnicity rather than being seen as individuals, and experiencing microaggressions such as having their opinions or experiences dismissed or minimized.
- Given that skills practice in breakout groups is a major component of this course, we want Global Majority participants to have choice about their group make-up when practicing this work.
- One strategy we will implement to support choice for Global Majority participants in this class is to offer the choice of opting into breakout groups that are for Global Majority people only.
- Global Majority-only groups will be supported by Global Majority assistants.
Support from Our Assistant Team:
- We will have a team of assistants who are skilled in offering empathic and resonant support and who hold a commitment to work towards anti-racist action.
- Our hope is that you would receive gentle and caring support to help address the blocks you encounter as you engage with this important work.
- If emotions that are intense, such as shame, pain, or helplessness arise during our sessions, you can request one on one support in the moment from someone on our assistant team.
- Note: This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by yourself or others speaking about difficult events, then this course may not be for you.
- While we hope that the processes and information that we share can be of use in your journey, we do not have the resources to support extreme psychological difficulties.
Sliding Scale Cost Options:
- $500 – Supporter Rate: If you have financial assets, or identify as middle or upper/owning class, then this is the rate for you. Paying at this rate supports the discount and scholarship fund, making this course accessible to more people including people of the global majority.
- $375 – True Cost Rate: This is the true cost of the course. If you are able to pay this amount and still meet your basic needs, then this is the price for you to choose.
- $275 – Discounted Rate: The Discounted option is reserved for those who sometimes struggle with limited financial resources and would benefit from supported access to this learning experience.
- $200 – Scholarship Rate: The Scholarship option is reserved for people experiencing financial hardship and for people of the global majority.
If you are a member of the global majority or experiencing financial hardship and you need additional financial assistance to attend, please reach out to our team at [email protected].
We are delighted to offer 9 CEU hours for psychologists and social workers for this course ($30 additional fee). Chicago Counseling Associates has been approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to sponsor continuing education for social workers and psychologists. CCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their licensing board to determine if this programming qualifies for CEUs. Live attendance is required to receive CEUs.
- Your tuition payment is non-refundable and transferable.
- This course will be recorded for those who want to learn asynchronously for some or all sessions, but recordings will only be available for those enrolled in this online series
- This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by yourself or others speaking about difficult events, then this course may not be for you. While we hope that the processes and information that we share can be of use in your journey, we do not have the resources to support extreme psychological difficulties.
About the Instructors
Roxy Manning brings decades of service experience to her work interrupting explicitly and implicitly oppressive attitudes and cultural norms within individuals, communities, and organizations. Rooted in her experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant, Roxy brings a diversity of perspectives to her work that generates profound insights for transformative change. Roxy has worked and consulted across the U.S. with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations wanting to move towards equitable and diverse hiring practices and workplace cultures, as well as with individuals and groups committed to social justice internationally.
As a facilitator, she’s thrilled by the process of holding opposing voices and ushering groups from discord towards values-driven solutions that work for everyone. Her own inner work coupled with her professional experience has grown her capacity to meet people with varying levels of education, disparate life experiences, and the most intense feelings in ways that help them feel heard, respected, supported, and loved. As a psychologist, she maintains a private therapy practice, and works in San Francisco serving the homeless and disenfranchised mentally ill population. As a Certified Trainer and assessor with CNVC, she works with folks from the Global Majority who are interested in NVC certification and creating ties with the global NVC network to create local communities that thrive. Read Roxy’s articles at her website. http://www.roxannemanning.com/
Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal personal and collective trauma with exquisite gentleness.
Sarah is a sought-after expert who brings neuroscience expertise together with depth work, self-compassion, and the transformative potential of language. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and teaches people how words change and heal us.
Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of four books on relational neuroscience and self-compassion: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, the companion Your Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-sabotage to Self-care, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind, and The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook, co-authored alongside Roxy Manning, PhD.