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Unseating Our Racism In (and Out of) the Mental Health Industry

  • East Village Access 242 East 2nd Street New York (map)


$10 suggested donation - no one will be turned away

This workshop is designed for support workers, advocates, and all humans (who provide or use mental health services) who have a desire to explore the impact racism has on the way we practice mental health.

We will combine breathing exercises, narrative, and dialogue about Undoing Racism. We will heal by taking time to reflect on 1 or 2 principles of undoing racism. Then, using Lupe Family’s novel To Face It with characters of a clinician and client, both who are of color, we will discuss topics that challenge us in the mental health field. We will share around internalized racial inferiority and superiority. People will listen to the stories of the two book characters and respond. This will enable folks to connect their emotions and their words at a slower pace.

This workshop will encourage you to take steps to be a more courageous support worker, as we loosen the lens that racism has on our eyes. Are you ready to retrain your nervous system to dialogue about racism?


Lupe Family is a certified Hatha yoga instructor/REIKI Energy Healer. MA Education/BFAA-workshop consultant, theater games trainer, yoga instructor, facilitator, public speaker, novelist, playwright, and poet. She writes about issues of society including labor, women and undoing racism with raw clarity and insight. She has led workshops using walking meditation, conflict resolution and Playback Theater/Theatre of the Oppressed Tools. Using read-alouds from her novel To Face It, she runs a book salon dealing with raising awareness around racism.