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How to be (Less Harmful): Training White Helpers to Serve BIPOC Clients

When: Sat, September 26, 2020, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT

Where: 631 Northeast 102nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97220

What: A learning space for white folx to gain skills and tools to provide truly anti-racist care to clients, consumers, and constituents.

Brought to you by the founders of artic LLC (Anti-Racist Trauma Informed Care), this experiential training aims to dismantle white supremacist values embedded within and upheld by current models of trauma-informed care in the social services.

Training Objectives:

  1. Identify the impacts of systemic racism both in healthcare and the social services on consumers, clients, colleagues, and constituents
  2. Learn about and use critical race theory to critique popular trauma-informed care models in order to identify common causes of harm to consumers and colleagues of color
  3. Discuss barriers to engaging in advocacy work that holds professional community members and colleagues accountable
  4. Build skills around having tough conversations, and practice using them

Who Should Attend?

This training is for any white service providers looking to base their work firmly on anti-racist practices. Any white-identifying services providers (clinical staff, front-line staff, educators, body workers, nurses, doctors, and more) in social services and healthcare can benefit from the training offered in this day-long workshop.

NOTE** Folx of color are ALWAYS WELCOME to attend, HOWEVER should consider the emotional labor and impact upon yourself should you do so. The material presented as well as statements made by other participants may be triggering or taxing. Take care of yourselves. If you need support in making an informed decision, feel free to reach out to artic LLC trainers with questions.

artic LLC is founded upon the premise that racism in multiple forms exists, and impacts BIPOC (black, indigenous people of color) on a daily basis. We hope that in choosing to attend this event that you too acknowledge and accept this premise within your own work. This training will build upon participants’ prior knowledge and understanding of racism and white supremacy. Having said that, worry not! You don’t need to be an expert to participate.


Rebecca Davis is a Q-BIPOC social worker working and living in Portland, OR. Owner of Therapy, Altered, Rebecca specializes in using body-based interventions to treat all forms of trauma, dissociative diagnoses, and racial trauma. Rebecca is a co-founder of artic, and a former K-12 educator. Rebecca has lectured at colleges and universities nationally.

Shea Lowery is a Licensed Professional Counselor working and living in Philadelphia, PA. Owner of Transmute Therapy, Shea specializes in working with complex trauma, dissociative symptoms, and promoting/developing creativity. Shea is a co-founder of artic, and the clinical director of a treatment center serving adults managing addictions.

Contact the presenters directly for sliding scale options. CEUs may be provided. Reach out for more information.

For more details about the work we do at artic, visit: www.ar-tic.org

To donate to artic, please click TICKETS and you will be prompted to enter the donation amount of your choosing. All donations go directly to funding scholarships for future BIPOC (black, indigenous people of color) healers. Thank you for your support.

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