PCW #5 - Social justice conversations: How to have conversations that move from discomfort to action (64534)

June 2, 2021 10:00 - 13:00
Virtual Event

PCW #5 - Social justice conversations: How to have conversations that move from discomfort to action (64534)

Presented by:

 Dr. Natasha Maynard-Pemba

Sponsored by:


Continuing Education Credits:

3 CE Credits






3 Hours

Target Audience:

supervisors, clinicians, graduate students, professors

Skill/Difficulty Level:


Workshop Description:

This workshop will take an inclusive and experiential approach to understanding how we can be change agents in impactful ways within the systems in which we work. The workshop will include breakout groups and exercises to aid competency development. As counseling psychology practitioners and scholars, we are charged to be social justice advocates within our field. Part of the mission of the CPA is "To improve the health and welfare of all Canadians." If you find yourself in your work unable, unwilling, or unsure (e.g. feeling constrained by system dynamics, policies, and regulations) about meeting the needs of all who enter your doors, a conversation about social justice may be of great importance in your continued development. Conversations on social justice are often uncomfortable because they are personal (i.e. representing our intersecting identities, values, histories, defenses, biases, positionality). By acknowledging the inherent complexity (i.e. that it is not just a discussion about race or identity or right and wrong), we start from a deeper place of compassion that makes these conversations possible.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify areas of injustice within mental health and counseling
  2. List and assess ways in which systemic and personal processes prevent social justice engagement
  3. Describe two strategies that can help move challenging social justice conversations from uncomfortable to engaging
  4. List two approaches to making social change within one's institution or organization