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Continuing Education

Cultural Competence in Witnessing Resistance to Trauma, and Interpersonal and Political Violence

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PST November 22, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Locating sites of resistance, witnessing the resistance processes, and learning to navigate complex social-political and social spaces can help us construct communities of knowledge, strength, and co-existence—allowing us to better serve those we work with.

This training addresses cultural competence specific to mental health fields and is relevant to those working in counseling, family therapy, psychology, and social work.

Workshop participants will focus on understanding witnessing dimensions in relation to complex and chronic interpersonal and politically-based trauma—in both therapists and clients; the impact of social location in the witnessing process; and an ethical stance of justice and resistance.

Participants will come away from this workshop with the ability to:

  • Describe the witnessing process and its relationship to trauma at biological, interpersonal, and socio-political levels.
  • Recognize contextual and systemic dynamics (e.g., gender, age, socioeconomic status, culture/race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, larger systems, social context) in the process of witnessing—relative to interpersonal and political trauma.
  • Have awareness, knowledge and accountability specific to white privilege and white fragility—and/or marginalized identities—to deliver interventions in ways sensitive to social location and clients’ social context.
  • Articulate how to empower clients and their relational systems in order to establish effective relationships with each other and larger systems in the process of witnessing.
  • Enact an ethical stance of justice and resistance by locating sites of resistance, witnessing the resistance processes of clients and learning to navigate complex social political and social spaces.

This workshop meets the OBLPCT Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Instructor: Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, PhD

Cost: $225 before 10/31, $250 after. Includes 12 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. $100 student rate.

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Presenter

Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, PhD is a professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at Lewis & Clark. She is a licensed family therapist and a licensed clinical professional counselor, a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an approved clinical supervisor in the state of Oregon, and a consultant and trainer. In addition, she served as board member of the American Family Therapy Academy and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Pilar has over twenty years of experience working with individuals, couples and families in outpatient clinics and in private practice. She has also worked with refugees and survivors of torture in San Diego and displaced populations in Colombia, her native country.  As a consultant, trainer and presenter, she has collaborated with organizations in the U.S., Colombia, and México in the areas of clinical supervision, traumatic stress, resilience, equity and contextually responsive family therapy, the animal human bond and ecoinformed family therapy.

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