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Working with Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and other Unconscious Bias: an Internal Family Systems Approach

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A Weekend Workshop with Percy Ballard, MD & Kate Lingren, LICSW
January 25, 2020 9-5:30PM &
January 26, 2020 9-5:00PM

A Deeper Approach to Implicit Bias Training and Changing

This workshop is for mental health professionals, educators, activists, yoga teachers, and other helping professionals who are committed to understanding implicit/unconscious bias in order to approach this work and our world from a more conscious and compassionate place.

Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Sizism, religious intolerance and the list goes on. Everyone complains about subconscious prejudice and implicit bias, yet few people really know what to do about it, how to help people see it, and how to reduce it’s presence in ourselves and in others.

Kate and Percy introduce a revolutionary implicit bias training that takes us to a deeper level, by seeing it and addressing it for exactly what it is: a pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that have been subconsciously conditioned into the cellular networks of our nervous system. We heal these patterns in the same way they were established - from the outside-in.

This method is rooted firmly in evidence based psychotherapy practices that work by accessing and interacting directly with the parts of the nervous system that hold these maladaptive ways of being, as well as the parts in us that keep us from seeing them.

1. Participants will have a full understanding of unconscious bias and how it is acquired.
2. Participants will understand the role of shame in keeping biased beliefs unconscious.
3. Participants will have a basic understanding of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy.
4. Participants will have an understanding of how biased beliefs can serve as protectors in the internal system.
5. Participants will have an opportunity to work with their internal systems to access and understand biased beliefs and the exiles they are protecting.

Participants will:
1. Be able to define unconscious bias and identify how it is acquired.
2. Be able to identify inward facing biased parts in their systems and how those parts shame them.
3. Be able to identify the concepts of Self and parts as they relate to Internal Family Systems theory.
4. Be able to access their own unconscious biased beliefs and have a better sense of the role of these parts in their own internal systems.


Space is limited! To Register:
Email Kelly Caul at and paying via Venmo or mailing check made out to Empowered Spaces, LLC.

Justice Pricing - The tuition investment for this weekend workshop will be offered as a self-determined sliding scale. We ask that you determine how much you pay from the scale provided. To do this, please determine the rate of your tuition based on your privilege and access to social capital, e.g. race, gender & sexual identity, socio-economic status, educational background, able-bodied-ness, etc. Please know that if you are able to pay on the higher end of the scale you are helping someone else to attend.

Tuition Investment before 11/25/19:
Abundant Access to Resources: $325
Sufficient Access to Resources: $275
Limited Access to Resources: $225

Tuition Investment after 11/25/19:
Abundant Access to Resources: $375
Sufficient Access to Resources: $325
Limited Access to Resources: $275

***Approved for 13.5 IFS CEs
***Approved for 12.5 social work CEUs,
2.75 of which can be applied toward the cultural competency requirement of IL licenses

Registration is non-transferable/non-refundable.
We reserve the right to cancel and/or reschedule due to low enrollment prior to the start date. In the case of cancellation, you will be notified as soon as possible, and the full tuition refund will be issued. Please note: Empowered Spaces is not liable for expenses incurred due to cancellation, including but not limited to airline cancellation fees or hotel cancellation fees.