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Candid Conversations

Join Us on Zoom
Wednesdays
Dec 2nd – Jan 20th

5 – 6:30 pm PST
6 – 7:30 pm MST
7 – 8:30 pm CST
8 – 9:30 pm EST

For more information and to reserve your spot, e-mail  kwilliams@nwfamilylife.org

Kristie Williams, Ph.D, LPC

Dr. Kristie Williams
Dr. Kristie Williams is an Educator, Life Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor.  Over the years, Dr. Williams has served as a counselor, advocate, mentor, and educator in higher education and with nonprofit community organizations. She specializes in working with clients in the areas of career exploration, grief counseling, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and assisting both survivors and adults who were child witnesses to domestic violence. Dr. Williams has served as a a member and facilitator of multiple programs and committees, including but not limited to the One Love Foundation, an organization that educates students on dating and domestic violence.

Book Discussions on Race, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice

Sponsored by Northwest Family Life Learning and Counseling Center

In continuing Candid Conversations on Race, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Northwest Family Life is offering another book discussion. This 6-week discussion group will be using the book My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. If you are interested in taking part in this next discussion group, please reserve your space at kwilliams@nwfamilylife.org.

Please note that we will be using ZOOM for weekly discussions which will be limited to fifteen participants in an effort to create and accommodate an engaged space.

About the Book

My Grandmother’s Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice.”— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

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In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn’t just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.

My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide. It paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system. And it offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary.

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with bestselling authors Dr. David Schnarch (Passionate Marriage) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). He also trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

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