Vicarious Resilience

I will be presenting this workshop as part of SFCAMFT’s Diversity Initiative.
Date:
Saturday, March 03, 2018
Location:
CPMC Davies Campus
Registration: Details coming soon!

RESILIENT CLIENT, RESILIENT THERAPIST in 80 words!

This daylong workshop will empower you to transform therapy into a compassionate practice of self-care as well as an anti-oppression endeavor. Through video, lecture, discussion and experiential activities,you will discover a culturally attuned means for utilizing invisible and under-utilized therapeutic resources to empower your clients. This workshop proposes an antidote to the very real challenges of vicarious trauma and burnout, so that you find yourself buoyed by the strength and courage of your clients and uncover your own vicarious resilience.

WHAT is VICARIOUS RESILIENCE?
One of the greatest challenges for therapists can be the vicarious trauma and burnout which result from working with resource-deficient & traumatized minority clients. This workshop turns the concept of “under-resourced” on its head by revealing a wealth of invisible resources possessed by the clients whose voices are in the margins.  Recognizing, eliciting and incorporating the resources and resilience of clients into therapy allows for a vicarious learning process called Vicarious Resilience. Using the concepts of vicarious resilience and its inherent mutuality, therapists can learn to elicit and integrate Community Cultural Wealth Resources, a powerful therapeutic means for healing social injustices in our varied roles as therapist, client, educator, student and community member.

 

A glowing endorsement from an attendee at the 2017 CAMFT Annual Conference

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
One of the greatest challenges for therapists can be the vicarious trauma and burnout which result from working with resource-deficient & traumatized minority clients. After this workshop, attendees will return to the therapy room, empowered with exciting tools to empower their clients. And in turn, therapists will find themselves buoyed by the resilience of their clients and more deeply engaged with their own self-care. Recognizing, eliciting and incorporating the resilience of clients into therapy allows for a vicarious learning process called Vicarious Resilience. This is an important and under-utilized form of self-care that has tremendous significance for health care workers at the front-line of trauma.

This workshop turns the concept of “under-resourced” on its head by revealing a wealth of invisible resources possessed by the clients whose voices are in the margins. Participants will learn a culturally attuned means for discovering and installing invisible and under-utilized resources possessed by those from the non-dominant culture. This framework of Community Cultural Wealth Resources (CCWR) incorporates the knowledge, skills, abilities and contacts used by oppressed communities to overcome macro and micro forms of oppression and draws on the work of Yosso (2005), Huber (2009) and Delgado Bernal (1998). The practical application of CCWR has the potential to transform therapy into an anti-oppression endeavor and a vehicle for personal and social transformation. Attendees will actively participate in the application of CCWR to specific populations that experience discrimination and stigma in our current sociopolitical climate, such as clients who are practicing Muslims, LGBTQ individuals and undocumented immigrants, to name a few. Through client videos, this presentation invites the audience into the moments that are transformative for clients who are facing increasing forms of sociopolitical oppression.

Using the concepts of vicarious resilience and its inherent mutuality, attendees will leave with the tools to elicit and integrate CCWR, as a powerful therapeutic means for healing social injustices in our varied roles as therapist, client, educator, student and community member. In addition, self-care activities will be integrated throughout the day to reinforce these concepts as embodied wisdom rather than intellectual knowledge.

Vicarious ResilienceThis training has received glowing reviews from local Bay Area community mental health agencies. If you’d like to host this day-long training at your agency, or for a group, please use the contact page to be in touch!

If you’re a community mental health agency, this is a valuable training for all front-line staff whether trained clinicians, hotline volunteers or front-desk staff.

The exact content of the workshop can be tailored to the needs and demographics of your agency staff and the population you serve, while incorporating specific self-care activities to nourish your staff. I can provide learning objectives and certificates of completion, as needed.

 

Vicarious ResilienceResilient Client, Resilient Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

  • Passionate, knowledgeable speaker. Solid presentation, innovative approach
  • Should have been a keynote speaker
  • Please bring her back. Every moment of this workshop was well spent.
  • It was awesome and informal while taking everything to a new level. I will attend any talk she gives.
  • It was so empowering. I have no suggestions for improvement. The information and presentation style was so intentional and well done.
  • I want to be this speaker when I grow up.
  • Very relevant. Good mix of research, videos and current information.
  • Excellent. Make her a keynote speaker. I have had hours of diversity and cultural awareness training but this took it to a new level.
  • Very powerful workshop. Yay! Extremely important material and beautifully communicated. I love the connection between client/therapist resilience. Excellent session. Will use this learning frequently.

This interactive workshop is based on Rajani’s writings (see citations below) and was very well received at the following recent conferences.

Resilient Client, Resilient Therapist: An Adventure in EMDR Therapy
EMDRIA Annual Conference 2017: August 26, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington

Resilient Client, Resilient Therapist
CAMFT Annual Conference 2017:
May 05, 2017 in San Jose, CA     

 

 

CITATIONS

Levis, R.V. (2016) Placing Culture at the Heart of EMDR Therapy. In Nickerson, M.I. (Ed.), Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Innovative Strategies and Protocols. New York, NY: Springer.

 Levis, R.V., Siniego, L. B. (2016) An Integrative Framework for EMDR Therapy as an Anti-Oppression Endeavor. In Nickerson, M.I. (Ed.), Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Innovative Strategies and Protocols. New York, NY: Springer.