My first workshop will be how mindfulness can offer an embodied anti-oppression teaching model in trans health education. I'm happy to share how I developed this teaching model over 18 years of combined my academic, professional and personal practices.
Please come join me:
Friday, October 27, 2017
I will also be a panelist at " Non-Binary Inclusion in Systems of Care".
Saturday, October 28th, 2016
To learn more about the first workshop, I've included the description below.
"Centering Wholeness with Mindfulness: An Embodied Anti-Oppression for Inclusion and Inclusivity in Trans Health Education"
In seeking health care, trans people are routinely denied services and, when they do receive services, treated often disrespectfully. And these barriers cost lives. We also know the more marginalized a trans person’s social locations are, the higher their health risks are.
How do we centre the wholeness of Two-Spirit, trans, gender diverse and non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of colour and mixed race people? How do celebrate liberational trans health practices that emerge from trans women of colour, gender diverse, Indigenous, Black, racialized, immigrant and refugee communities?
Anti-oppression practices can offer intellectual understanding of how to serve trans clients living multiple marginalized social locations. However, oppression is profoundly felt and stored in our bodily experience. And anti-oppression practices do not include the embodied experience as a teacher.
A creative pedagogy is urgently called for that includes our whole experience of oppression and liberation, one that reintegrates body, heart and mind. Learners need tools to bravely move through places of discomfort inevitably felt when undoing power and privilege.
I have developed a new creative pedagogy I call the “Embodied Anti-Oppression Teaching Model” from an integration of my clinical, academic and mindfulness practice. The Embodied Anti-Oppression Teaching Model integrates mindfulness based practices with an intersectional and anti-oppressive lens.
This teaching paradigm centres the wholeness of both trans people and the learner. By doing so, we can model an inclusive, interdependent, holistic health paradigm, which can mitigate colonial, individualistic and pathologizing paradigms found in mainstream health.
This experiential workshop is for educators, counsellors, clinicians, and service providers in teaching, training and facilitation roles, who align with anti-oppression values and are curious about how to include mindfulness and embodiment in their trans health education practices.