This webinar explores mindfulness as a process that facilitates greater presence with race and gender as they are experienced internally, relationally, in the therapeutic context, and in the world. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that invites us to step into the “what is” of our race- and gender- related experience with courage and compassion. Mindful presence offers a process for awareness and enhanced relational attunement where we can practice noticing and interrupting our automatic, reflexive responses and implicit bias. Undoing sexism and racism requires consistently identifying and describing them whenever they occur, and then taking action to dismantle them. Mindful presence can support us in meeting the challenges that arise in our work with clients, as well as more clearly see the opportunities to effectively engage in the reparative, healing, and liberating actions of antiracism and antisexism.
In this webinar, we will explore how we can remain present for ourselves and our clients in the face of challenges related to gender and race, including intersectionality and social justice. We will explore women’s issues, racism-related stress and trauma, and opportunities within the therapeutic context for healing and transformative change.
Caroline Welch’s recent book The Gift of Presence offers a scientifically-grounded approach anchored in the concept and practice of Presence.
She is joined by Shelly Harrell, the developer of SOUL-Centred Practice (SCP). SCP is informed by psychological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of soul, with intentional infusion of African diasporic and African American cultural qualities and sensibilities. Soulfulness refers to the quality of experiencing life in a deeply connected and connecting way, an enlivened inner attunement that illuminates authentic lived experience and radiates into outer expression.