For several years, we have been inspired by the possibility that contextual behavioral science (CBS) can decrease racism and improve diversity training, for therapists and for the general public.  Our efforts have explored the intersections of therapeutic models and training techniques from Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychological science on racism and bias, and the leading tools and intentions of social justice movements.  

This workshop represents the culmination of these efforts and we are excited to offer it.  If you previously have been to a FAP or ACT experiential workshop, you will be familiar with our process that combines the latest scientific findings with deeply personal work, done individually and in groups during the workshop.  Informed consent for this workshop involves understanding that you will be challenged in these personal ways and encouraged to share aspects of yourself and your identity with others as part of our process of growth, learning, and building a community.

Daily Structure

The workshop will be delivered over three days at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, with full days on Friday and Saturday (9 am - 5 pm) and a half-day on Sunday (9 am - 1 pm).

Each day will consist of a morning and afternoon session that will explore a topic using an integration of didactics, experiential/personal growth exercises, and role-plays to practice skills with clients. Topics will include:

  • Values orientation: Leading with racial justice while valuing intersectionality
  • A contextual view of bias, stereotyping, inter-racial anxiety, and microaggressions
  • Grief and loss around identity and efficacy
  • Leaning in rather than avoiding: Connecting deeply and genuinely across differences

Consider attending this workshop if…

  • You are a professional who serves clients who are culturally, racially, and ethnically different from you.
  • You have been struggling with what to do in the face of current events and our polarized social and racial climate.
  • You have been feeling that your professional field has not prepared you to effectively serve your clients of color across complex issues of intersectionality.
  • You would like to be able to talk to your clients more effectively about racism and their personal experiences of racism.
  • You would like strategies for understanding and exploring the racial dynamics in therapy that occur between you and your clients (e.g., racial microaggressions) and affect your client’s outcomes.
  • You would like closer, more intimate and trusting relationships with ALL of your clients.
  • You would like strategies for coping with microaggressions you as a therapist-of-color experience from clients, or in training workshops.
  • You would like to engage in intensive consciousness building and personal growth around these issues.
  • You are interested in identifying sources of collective action on these issues in community with like-minded professionals.