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It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, and Gender in a Polarized World
Monday, June 29, 2020, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 03, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: CE Events: Adult Individuals

In today’s increasingly stressful and divisive world, conversations about culture, diversity, and politics seem impossibly difficult. Against the backdrop of dire issues such as climate change, immigration, the threat of nuclear war, racism, income inequality, MeToo movement, corruption, and “fake news,” our collective discourse has been relegated to vitriolic sound bites of tit-for-tat that play out relentlessly on social media. The resulting urgency and deepening social fractures have seeped into our lives in irrefutably profound ways. This is true not only for our individual psychological wellbeing but as well in our relationships with others, including with our clients, supervisees, managers, co-workers, employees, and even with loved ones. In response, professionals and organizations everywhere have been scrambling to enlist in anti-bias or diversity training. Unfortunately, the majority of such trainings focus on macro-level attitude and behavior change; they fail to teach concrete, nuanced tools for intra-psychic and interpersonal effectiveness. Why are these topics and conversations so challenging for me? What can I personally do to have respectful and meaningful exchanges with others? How can I have constructive conversations that will help move the needle for my clients, my work, and my business? This workshop will offer a step-by-step approach to having constructive conversations on difficult topics. Based on theoretical influences from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Buddhist Psychology, participants will learn about and implement the Kim Constructive Conversations Model (Kim & del Prado, 2019). Through a variety of teaching methods – lecture, small group discussions, and experiential exercises – participants will better understand why attempts at conversations on difficult topics often fail, common missteps and how to avoid them, and what they can ultimately do differently to be successful. Participants will leave the workshop with an individualized plan that they can immediately implement for improving their personal efficacy. This workshop is intended for a broad audience, including clinicians of all levels, educators, managers, supervisors, and organizational leaders.

Hosted by Cape Cod Institute, Cape Cod Learning Network, LLC in Eastham, MA for 15 CEs. For more info, visit: