A three-part pre-recorded workshop series presented by Dr. Jennifer Mullan of Decolonizing Therapy™ designed for private therapy practices, non-profits, organizations, and universities that are interested in cultivating a decolonized, anti-oppression lens and praxis in their work.
This workshop series is an invitation to re-examining the ways that we have been educated, socialized, and often unconsciously herded into believing that Mental Health - as it stands- is healing and not oppressive. When in fact the current Mental Health Industrial Complex focuses on Treatment, not wellness (more on that in the series). This series seeks to invite you and your organization in. It works best when engaged with and chewed upon- not quickly digested.
Objectives for the Politicizing Your Practice Series
➤ To begin to consider and implement practices that support politicizing and shifting our organizational and interpersonal perspectives.
➤ To begin to embody that the Personal is indeed Political.
➤ To begin to build our relationships as a form of resistance.
➤ To begin an internal process of re-educating, reclaiming, and re-membering your True Self and that of your Ancestors.
➤ To begin to understand your relationship(s) to your identity, privilege, points of oppression(s), and power.
➤ To begin a process of re-learning some of your People’s history; whether as colonized or having had colonized, and commit to a re-education.
➤ To understand how colonization, Historical Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma have dehumanized, disconnected, and removed many people with colonized histories from our ancestry, true selves, community, religions, gifts, and sacred embodiment.
➤ To unpack the violence of structural oppression in the mental health field and how this continues to show up in our relationships, bodies, finances, mental and emotional health.
Historical Trauma & Intergenerational Trauma Transmission
This session is the foundation of this course. It is our belief that we cannot discuss decolonizing without first understanding what colonization is, where it has happened, and how the effects of colonization have emotionally and physically affected people today.
Session 1 will define Historical Trauma, Historical Grief, Forced Migration, and Intergenerational Trauma Transmission. This session will provide examples of various theories of trauma transmission and their effects on impacted communities and marginalized identities.
By the end of this session participants will be better prepared to explore:
-- The impacts of colonization
-- What it means to decolonize within mental health
-- The ways trauma be unknowingly and knowingly transmitted throughout generations
-- The effects of persistent cycles of trauma on the family and already impacted communities
-- The ways participants begin to unpack and reconnect with their own ancestry and histories of colonization
in Mental Health
Session two will bring participants into the present by creating a cord of understanding between historical trauma, the intergenerational trauma process, and the current mental health system. In this session, we will make connections between the impact of colonization and supremacy on our current cultural and political climate and how this affects mental health, educational, and healthcare systems. We will explore how mental health professionals unconsciously perpetuate bias and harm, specifically into poor communities.
By the end of session two, participants will be better able to:
-- Define racism, microaggressions, prejudice, power, privilege, and intersectionality;
-- Define White Supremacy and how White-Bodied Supremacy dehumanizes us all (all races and identities);
-- Explain and unpack “Why Are People Poor?”
-- Define and work with people living with Racial Trauma;
-- Have a stronger understanding of mental health oppression, and how it impedes emotional health and all other liberation movements; and
-- Support participants in connecting Structural Oppression to the communities we work with.
Politicizing Our Mental
and Emotional Health Practices
Session three will weave together the foundational and historical trauma material from Session 1 and the current day structural systems impacting the communities our organizations serve in Session 2. This session challenges participants to develop and explore what a “politicized” and “decolonized” frame may look like when working with impacted communities. We will explore conscious emotional and wellness theories, practices, and ways of conceptualizing that place people at the center of our work, and structures as secondary benefactors.
By The End Of This Session, Participants Will Begin To:
-- Define what “Politicizing & Decolonizing Mental Health” will look like for your organization;
-- Identify other organizations, hospitals, and community centers that have a decolonized and equitable healing justice frame;
--Create accountability circles and teams that will center decolonization and equitable practices that reduce pathologizing and stigmatizing therapeutic-learned behaviors;
-- Allow participants to accept personal accountability for previously learned educational practices that have not benefited impacted communities
The purpose of this series is NOT to provide step-by-step directions on HOW to “decolonize your therapy/ teaching/ non-profit.” Instead, the purpose is to create a space for Re-Education, Self-Reflection, Build Community, Support Your Org in Building Active Support, and Re-Membering.
This is an invitation to EMBODY the work, not just INTELLECTUALIZE the work.
These workshops incorporate and respect your current positions on conscious discourse and person-centered treatment while introducing nuanced perspectives of race, cultural humility, and socially just and anti-oppressive practice.
The personal is political.
Therefore, our therapeutic practices and behavioral health practices must include environmental and systemic factors and policies that deeply impact our communities. Join me in improving our mental health systems and increasing political awareness.
Each of the three-sessions is between 60-120 minutes in length.
Included with the three sessions as discussed above is a ‘How To Work’ with the workshop series video, worksheets, references (book recommendations), and journal prompts for both the team and individual participants.
Below are the ways that you can engage with Politicizing Your Practice.
With this option, the Politicizing Your Practice workshop series is delivered directly after purchase via email. This means that your organization can begin exploring the workshop immediately if that is the desire.
Please remember with this is the self-guided option which means that your organization will decide how to best showcase and explore the workshop series material.
Before making a purchase if you have any questions about the self-guided workshop series please reach out to us here.
The 3-part immersion is an opportunity for your organization to go deeper into each one of the workshops. With the immersion, following the viewing of each recorded workshop, your organization will have a 2-hour immersion to further explore the topic and dig deeper into how the workshop topic is present within your organization. The 3-part immersion with Dr. Jennifer Mullan is completely customized to fit your organization's needs and is a space where your organization can turn knowledge into action. If you're interested in learning more about the immersion, please sign-up below and we'll email you more information your way.
Politicizing Your Practice Is Presented By Dr. Jennifer Mullan
Affectionately nicknamed “the Rage Doctor” by peers and clients, Dr. Jennifer Mullan (she/her) is trained as a Clinical Psychologist, and is a published author. She currently serves communities as a Consultant for behavioral and mental health organizations and schools, Ancestral wound worker, and CEO and founder of Decolonizing Therapy, LLC. Dr. Mullan seeks to unpack the oppressive legacy of modern mental health practices, and reconnect practitioners and clients* to the roots of our wounding and healing within a sociopolitical lens, most particularly for Queer Indigenous Black Brown People of Color (QIBPOC). She has been featured in Allure, GQ, The Today Show, Cosmopolitan, The Calgary Journal, and was selected by ESSENCE Magazine to receive the 2020 Essential Hero Award, in the category of Mental Health.
Dr. Mullan believes that un-learning and embodiment are essential components in addressing the profound effects of systemic inequities, historical, and intergenerational trauma on people’s mental health. Through Decolonizing Therapy’s™ “Politicizing Your Practice” series, intensive Immersions, interactive workshops, keynotes, and healing retreats, she seeks to create containers of liberated, decolonial praxis. Dr. Mullan helps people return Home to themselves, their lineages, their Peoples indigenous ways of healing, and lights the fire towards collective action.
As a vital element of her current practice, Dr. Mullan believes it’s essential for mental health professionals to question the relatability of the mental health industrial complex—ultimately, to reassess their education and “whom they are serving?” To further advance this work, Dr. Mullan founded Decolonizing Therapy, LLC in 2018, and since, has built a significant social media platform, including 156,000 Instagram followers, and growing.
For the past 12 years, Dr. Mullan had the honor of serving the Jersey City, NJ community as a staff psychologist at a University Counseling Center. Additionally, she co-created and co-facilitated the University’s first LGBTQIA+ support group, and was a counseling graduate instructor for both Multicultural Counseling and Group Process classes. Dr. Mullan’s absolute pride during her time at the University held the position of Coordinator of the Peers Educating Peers (PEP) program, where she led weekly group therapy, semester retreats, grant management, and supportive student advisement sessions that were the foundations for the frame of Decolonizing Therapy ™ today.
Dr. Mullan earned a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies; a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Counseling & Community Agencies from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education; and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology & Elementary Education from New Jersey City University.
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