Employees of Color Sanctuary: Healing from the Trauma of Racism

Due to the intractable and embedded nature of racist indoctrination in the United States, Employees of Color are exposed to racial microaggressions in the workplace daily. This exposure to random dehumanization leads to debilitating psychological and physical effects for employees of color. This session is designed to provide a safe space for employees of color for the following objectives:

1) To learn about the interpersonal neurobiology of racism and how it effects the nervous system.
2) To have a healing experience of mindfulness practice with other Employees of Color.
3) To learn how relationships and attunement help mitigate the toxic effects of exposure to racism.

This session is designed and intended for Employees of Color.

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About Danette C. Gillespie-Otto, LCSW

Danette C. Gillespie-Otto, LCSW, is a therapist, facilitator and public speaker. She obtained a Master's of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2000, and became licensed clinical social worker in 2007. She has worked in the areas of research, higher education, diversity training, mentoring, community mental health and private practice, quality improvement and administrative leadership. She served as the Clinical Director of the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing for over 6 years, and most recently worked in the Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions Services Division, prior to starting her own business. In her practice at Communion Counseling & Consulting, LLC, Ms. Gillespie-Otto uses interpersonal neurobiology and cognitive behavioral therapy as her primary modes of supporting clients in their journey towards well-being. Ms. Gillespie-Otto believes that deep personal transformation, embedded in caring relationships and guided by compassion, is the foundation of both personal and collective healing.

Learn more at www.communioncounseling.com