Mindful Presence in the Context of Race and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities

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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. 

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Caroline is also co-presenting How Mindfulness Can Enhance Our Well-Being and Be Applied to Couples Therapy with Ellyn Bader. Full 3-hour webinar description here.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Describe how mindfulness as a process can help facilitate greater presence with race and gender in the therapeutic context and larger world.
  2. Demonstrate at least 3 strategies for noticing and interrupting our automatic, reflexive responses and implicit bias.
  3. Explain how mindful presence can help therapists more clearly see the opportunities to effectively engage in actions of anti-racism and anti-sexism in the therapeutic setting and beyond.

Caroline Welch

Caroline Welch is the CEO and Co-founder, with Dr. Dan Siegel, of the Mindsight Institute in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, she started her career in law as a corporate litigator. Welch has served as a Los Angeles County court-appointed mediator, as well as in-house counsel at MGM Studios and Spelling Entertainment Group. She began her mindfulness practice forty years ago while working in Japan as an English teacher. 

Welch’s first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women was published this year. Her book has been widely acclaimed, described as, “A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness” and “a must-read for women of all ages” by Arianna Huffington and a “wise and clear book that shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life” by Tara Brach. Publishers Weekly praised Welch’s work as follows: “In The Gift of Presence … Caroline Welch … sets out to distill reams of peer-reviewed science about mindfulness into plain, clear advice.” 

Welch provides lectures and workshops to enhance well-being in our personal and professional lives. She and her husband, Dan, live in Santa Monica with their dog, Charlie, and have two adult children. For more information about Caroline Welch, please visit her website: www.carolinewelch.com.

Shelly Harrell, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and currently a Full Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Her research focuses on the development of culturally-attuned, resilience-oriented interventions with an emphasis on cultural dimensions of contemplative practices such as meditation and mindfulness.  She has a long-standing focus and numerous publications on sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of stress, racism, mental health, and psychological well-being among Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC).  Most recently, she has developed a “soulfulness” approach to contemplative practice that emphasizes liberation from the soul wounds of oppression.   Dr. Harrell has served as a consultant and trainer for numerous educational, social service and health care organizations on issues of cultural diversity for nearly 30 years.  She has been a licensed psychologist with a private practice for 3 decades, supervises psychotherapy, and is a featured therapist on NICABM’s “Next Level Practitioner” series. 

Time Topic
1:15 – 2:15 pm Mindfulness and sexism, women’s challenges, and white fragility
2:15 – 3:15 pm Mindfulness and racism, racism-related stress and trauma, and interrupting implicit bias
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Opportunities for actions of anti-racism and anti-sexism, social justice, and pacing ourselves

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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