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Awakening Possibilities: Ancestral and Cultural Expressions of Grief and Resilience

Friday, August 26, 2022 , 9:00 am 12:00 pm

**This workshop is for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC).  Clinicians who are bi- or multiracial are also welcome. If you do NOT identify as BIPOC, please do NOT register for this workshop.


Western ways of grieving and mourning as well as celebrating are often different from ancestral and cultural expressions within Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.  The current sociopolitical context is managing multiple collective traumas; we are in a time of tremendous grief and loss.  What happens when the ways BIPOC communities grieve and celebrate are centered and prioritized?

This will be a process-oriented, experiential, and reflective workshop.  The facilitators will provide some framework and ideas, and knowledge and ideas will be drawn from the collective experiences of the group.

Through reflection, small group processing, and large group processing, participants will:

  • Discuss expressions of grief and loss through non-western and decolonized frameworks
  • Discus expressions of celebration and resilience through non-western and decolonized frameworks
  • Participate in group contemplative practices, rituals, and storytelling to explore the spiritual dimensions of trauma treatment

You will receive a zoom link and an outline one day prior to the workshop date.

***Awakening Possibilities is a workshop series envisioned by Alissa Catiis, starting in 2019, in collaboration with other clinicians of color designed specifically for other clinicians of color.

Fee: $70, includes 3 CEUs (available to LSWs/LCSWs, LPCs/LCPCs, LMFTs, PhDs and PsyDs).  A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

 Alissa Catiis, LCSW, RYT is a Filipina American psychotherapist and yoga teacher who specializes in working with trauma survivors.  She has over 10 years of experience in the social services field that includes time as a school social worker, medical social worker, and geriatric case manager.  She leads workshops about contemplative clinical practice, trauma-sensitive yoga, and cultural humility.  Alissa is most proud of bringing a multi-cultural, anti-racist perspective into the western-dominated fields of education, social work, and healthcare.



Kenji Kuramitsu, LCSW, M.Div is a Japanese American clinical social worker, chaplain, and writer. Kenji draws from experiences in health care chaplaincy, antiracism training and consulting, and integrative behavioral health in his approach to group and individual psychotherapy. He enjoys presenting on Japanese American history and leading racial justice walking tours of the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhoods. In his spare time, Kenji enjoys snacking, gardening, and playing video games.






Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute or request a refund.  All refund requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the event and are subject to an administrative charge of $30.  Alternatively, you may transfer your full registration fee to a future workshop without penalty.  Cancellation and transfer requests made less than one week prior to event will not be honored and registration fee will be forfeited.  Requests must be emailed to [email protected] and will not be accepted by phone.


Friday, August 26, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Alissa Catiis, LCSW, RYT
Kenji Kuramitsu


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