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Awakening Possibilities: Cultural Healing for Clinicians of Color*

Friday, May 7, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Due to health and safety precautions with Covid-19, this three-hour workshop will be virtual.


The current sociopolitical climate has magnified historical wounds of racism and oppression.  Additionally, the current global pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color with people of color dying at higher rates than non-people of color.  This is yet another crisis that is bringing out and deepening old wounds amongst communities of color perpetuated by white supremacy, white fragility, and racism. 


Join us for a gathering for clinicians who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC).  This gathering will be a time for us to hold space for each other as we honor the depth of our feelings and celebrate our ancestral wisdom and knowing.


This workshop will be a process-oriented, experiential, and reflective.  There will be time for both self-reflection and small group process.  The presenter will provide some framework and ideas; additionally, knowledge and ideas will be drawn from the collective experiences of the group.


Our presenter, Alissa Catiis, LCSW, is a Filipina American therapist and yoga teacher.  Join her in community with other clinicians of color to discuss the challenges of this time and contemplative practices for collective healing. 


In this workshop we will:

  • Discuss the unique ways BIPOC have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To name collectively the unique challenges of being a clinician of color in the mental health and social services fields during this time
  • To identify collectively some ways to manage these unique challenges
  • To discuss ideas on how to overcome colonial mentality in order to decolonize trauma work


*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.


Fee: $85, includes 3 CEUs (available to LSWs/LCSWs, LPCs/LCPCs, LMFTs, PhDs and PsyDs).  A limited number of partial scholarships are available. 

Facilitated by Alissa Catiis, MA, LCSW, RYT

Daily life for some can be isolating and debilitating; taking the first step to ask for help requires courage.  I deeply understand that coming to an office in Evanston to talk about life’s struggles can feel intimidating and even unwelcoming for some.  As a strengths-based therapist and yoga teacher, I am interested in hearing stories from people who do not feel like they fit in. 

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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.  



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Friday, May 7, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Womencare Counseling & Training Center
1740 Ridge Avenue, Suite 201
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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