Talking Changes

Training, Consulting and Curriculum Development

Select Training Topics- All topics can be tailored to the agency's individual needs and population.

Diversity in the Workplace: One Agency, More Cultures than You Can Imagine (6 hours)
This training helps participants foster a workplace environment that is welcoming and supportive of individuals from a wide variety of cultures, including but not limited to cultures of ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability and age.  Our identities impact how we perceive and interact with others, and this workshop seeks to assist participants in becoming more clear regarding our own identities, and how to create a workplace that encourages authenticity and respect, which leads to maximum productivity and positive workplace interaction.

Identity, Social Location, and the Impact of Perception (3.5 or 6 hours)
No human being actually sees reality.  What we see are the details and interpretations that our “lenses” – the filters formed by our identities and life experiences - focus on.  What we perceive and how we interpret that information has a profound impact on how we experience ourselves and others: until we understand who we are and how that identity impacts on our vision of the world around us, we risk missing or misinterpreting vital information.  This experiential workshop asks participants to examine our own identities, and to better understand how who we are impacts how we perceive and treat others.

Racism, White Privilege, and the Myth of Colorblindness (6 hours)

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to boldly and directly address issues of race, skin color, colorism, racism, and skin color privilege, and is a courageous workshop to attend. In a respectful, self-exploratory, welcoming environment, we will have a conversation evaded by many: the meaning and impact of skin color and racism in society and the workplace. We will face both the historical roots and the current state of racism and colorism in the United States, and discuss what we can do to empower ourselves and others to participate in dismantling and defeating these systemic injustices. The workshop is designed to present and experientially reinforce new information, creating opportunities for cultural transformation that will have a ripple effect on social and professional realms. 
"Did You Really Just Say That?": Addressing Biased Language from Clients (2 hours)

The therapeutic dyad is a human-to-human relationship, and there is language our clients will use that can provoke a strong response in us as practitioners.  This brief, solution-focused training seeks to help participants better understand the ways we respond when someone uses language we perceive as racially-charged or otherwise offensive; to evaluate the impact of the setting and the client’s emotional state on how we respond; to increase understanding of our own verbal triggers and how to decide whether and how to respond when they are activated, and provide solutions for responding in ways that can honor our own boundaries without shaming our clients.

LGBTQIA...SOS!  Sexuality and Gender, Differentiated and Demystified (3.5 or 6 hours)
We are witnessing the dawn of a new civil rights movement, and the question is no longer whether we will have LGBTQIA clients, but when, and whether we will be adequately prepared to serve these populations knowledgeably and respectfully.  So let's talk about sex, and gender, and what - if anything - the two have to do with one another.  This highly experiential and interactive workshop will explain in plain language - through case examples, group discussion and video - exactly what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, cisgender, intersex, gender queer, and any other term participants have heard and aren't yet familiar with.

Creating Group Safety: Your Key to Productivity, Creativity, and Morale  (3.5 hours)
Whether in a therapeutic group, a workshop, or a class, creating an atmosphere of safety is essential to maximal learning and growth.  This experiential workshop tackles issues of body language, setting and adhering to ground rules, working with challenging participants, and other topics that contribute to a sense of safety in the room.

Stress Management: Avoiding Burn-Out (3.5 hours)
Particularly in the social service field, self-care is not an option, but an imperative.  More and more research is linking the results of ongoing stress with illnesses such as heart disease, ulcers, and autoimmune dysfunction.  This highly interactive, fun, relaxing workshop will help participants recognize life stressors, stress triggers, and their personal responses to stressful life conditions.  We will explore the impact of stress on both professional and personal lives, and participants will experience and walk away with practical tools to reduce stress.  Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing, if appropriate to the workshop setting.

Time Management: Making the Most of the Little Time You Have (3.5 or 6 hours)

This hands-on, highly interactive training approaches the issue of time management from a practical standpoint: the issue isn’t about finding more time, but about managing the time we currently have.  By the end of this session, participants will understand their own current time use patterns, as well as the reasons for and effects of procrastination, and will walk away with some concrete tools for improved time management.

Addictions and Twelve-Step Recovery as a Therapeutic Adjunct to Clinical Work (3.5 hours)
Twelve-step programs - whether for someone grappling with addiction or their loved ones - can serve as sources of considerable reinforcement and support for clinical treatment, and they can also foster social confidence and level of self-acceptance that is not achievable in the therapeutic dyad.  This workshop explains the basic structure and concepts of twelve-step programs, discusses the 12-step programs that are currently available and how to find meetings, addresses myths around 12-step recovery, and explores the social dynamics that can make 12-step recovery invaluable to many of our clients.