The Unpacking Racism for Healthcare Professionals webinar series is a nine-hour course held over six weeks, beginning April 12, 2021 and concluding May 17. Each webinar will be held on a Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
The goal of this six-week course is to help healthcare professionals examine, understand, and shift their own implicit racial bias and blind spots, and learn about the effects of racism in the health care industry. This course is an opportunity to learn about the experience of minorities in North America, with a toolkit for reflection and a forum for discussion in a safe, non-judgmental manner.
Each session has an educational component combined with a mind-body/meditation/movement component. It is clear that discussions of race can be triggering. It is imperative that skills be taught and used to equilibrate neurobiology.
Session 1 -- Monday, April 12. We establish ground rules and safety in the group. The teaching is the invention of race and history. The science of breath and experiencing breath to deal with emotions is introduced. Active moving meditation is utilized as well.
Session 2 -- Monday, April 19. The guided creation of genogram to reflect on one's personal family history and importance in conscious and unconscious bias/racism. Mind-body skills are used to temper physiologic response. Group support occurs in break out rooms.
Session 3 -- Monday, April 26. This session provides an opportunity to practice potentially difficult conversations with small group role plays. The teaching explores the biology, including stress response, epigenetics, neuroplasticity, and neurogenesis.
Session 4 -- Monday, May 3. The definitions of anti-racist to ally to accomplice are explained and explored. Guided imagery is introduced as the mind-body tool for transformation.
Session 5 -- Monday, May 10. The topic of stress, trauma, and race is explored, including the evidenced-based mind-body modalities. This is to promote racial equity and cultural sensitivity as fundamental to efficacious treatment for all people.
Session 6 -- Monday, May 17. Healing in the anti-racism path is explored in this final session. Spirituality is discussed in the context of health, including the differentiation between it and religion. A forgiveness meditation is used as a tool of transformation. Drawings are introduced to promote self expression.