Moving Towards Collective Liberation: A Workshop for White-Identified Direct Service Providers With Sonia Decker, AMFT and Emily Cobbey, ASW

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Moving Towards Collective Liberation: A Workshop for White-Identified Direct Service Providers With Sonia Decker, AMFT and Emily Cobbey, ASW

White text over the image of a starry night sky reads: Moving Towards Collective Liberation A workshop for white Direct Service Providers. Below reads: Workshop Objectives: Identify our stake in dismantling external and internal white supremacy. Practice new tools to notice, process and respond to our experiences. Develop resources to stay in alignment with anti-racist values in our lives and work. Facilitated by Sonia Decker & Emily Cobbey.
A banner at the top of the image shows ornament-like gold stars against a black background. Below that, an image of a starry night sky with black, blue and pink coloring, and white lettering reading: Moving Towards Collective Liberation A workshop for white Direct Service Providers. Below and to the left, in smaller white font, it says: Workshop Objectives: Identify our stake in dismantling external and internal white supremacy Practice new tools to notice, process and respond to our experiences Develop resources to stay in alignment with anti-racist values in our lives and work. At the bottom right of the image in small, white font, it says: Facilitated by Sonia Decker & Emily Cobbey.

“We are very excited about being able to financially support space facilitated by Black healers, for Black people! We believe that our healing is all connected and that as white people, we must work to examine and heal the ways in which white supremacy lives in us.  We know that any healing work we do within ourselves and with other white folks is a vital part of what we can do to move towards collective liberation. We are excited that Solidarity healing September gives us the opportunity to engage in action on many levels, including directly supporting Black folks as well as engaging with other white folks.”
–Sonia Decker, AMFT and Emily Cobbey, ASW
Support the Presenters: PayPal: karunarhay [at] gmail.com | Venmo: @Sonia-Decker

Event Description

Are you a white therapist, social worker, teacher, or other direct service provider? Do you want to embody liberatory praxis in your work but sometimes feel you’re just perpetuating systemic oppression? In this workshop we will use an embodied, creative approach to explore our why for doing this work as well as practice slowing down, connecting to our felt sense, and noticing if our how is in line with our why. We will increase our awareness of how white supremacy is showing up within us and in our work and explore how we can take anti-racist action in our fields to move towards collective liberation and greater alignment between our values, experience, and actions. We would love for you to join us!

Who Is This Event For?

White people who are direct service providers and who desire to embody anti-racist practices in their lives and work.

Event Length

3 hours

Event Date and Time

Saturday, September 26, 1-4 PM PT

Suggested Donation

$30-$70 sliding scale, $50 recommended donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

How to Register

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Presenter Bio

Sonia and Emily work together as community-based family therapists in Contra Costa County, and have both worked with youth and families in various settings and systems for over 10 years. They believe that healing is an embodied process that happens in connection with others and enjoy facilitating spaces where this is possible. Sonia comes from a theatre background and  has been trained in Drama Therapy and many theatre modalities, including Theatre of the Oppressed. She believes that creativity and theatre are vital tools for political transformation. Emily has a background in social work, specifically utilizing community organizing as a tool to help youth find agency, empowerment and to heal from systemic trauma. Emily is passionate about building youth and family agency to work towards liberation. Emily and Sonia both identify as white and queer and work hard to address their own sh*t, so that they can show up in thoughtful, supportive and effective ways.


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This and all Solidarity Healing September events are organized by Reclaim UGLY and our Non-Black Allies as fundraisers and heart raisers for Black Healing October. Black Healing October will offer 150 hours of free, sacred Healing Events for Black People facilitated by Black people.


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