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This support group is a safe and confidential space for racialized students to share their stories of witnessing or experiencing racism.
How does it work?
The intention is to create a sense of community and collective healing space for us to bring and show our love, care, kindness, compassion, cultural practices and knowledge to support each other and take care of what happens within ourselves as we navigate our racialized experiences. Though our identities and experiences may bring different perspectives, the intention of this space is to listen and support each other. Together we will explore strategies to reconnect and strengthen resources for our wounds to begin healing.
2023 Spring Schedule
- Feb 9 | 11:30am - 12:30pm - Microaggressions
Registered clinical counsellors will lead a conversation about the three categories of microaggressions. Examples, cases or personal experience of microaggression in everyday life, including race, religion, gender, sexual identity, disability, age, and culture will be discussed together.
- Mar 2 | 10:30am - 11:30am - Social Media Influence
Social media provides us with a platform to connect and collaborate, but it’s also a place where we come across disturbing information in the context of racism and oppression. Given that social media is unavoidable in our life, we will explore and discuss how to navigate through this without sacrificing our overall well-being.
- Mar 21 | 10:30am to 11:30am - Bi/Multi-Racial Identities
Many bi/multiracial folks have a hard time navigating their identities. This session is intended to create space for us to talk about sense of belonging as well as challenges faced, and ways to overcome them.
Monique is a recent immigrant from Hong Kong after being an international student here for over a decade. Cantonese is her mother tongue; Mandarin and English are her additional languages. Her professional interest lies in the role culture and race play in our being, including mental health, gender and sexual orientation. Her practice philosophy is that everyone is the author of their stories. She believes human connection is the basic ingredient for healing. Her counselling approach empathizes the mind-body connection through the lens of cultural humility, somatic experiencing, narrative therapy, and mindfulness practice.
Jennifer is a registered clinical counsellor working with SFU’s Indigenous Student Centre (ISC). She works from a braided practise that honours Indigenous knowledge, strength-based person/community centered approach and relevant, respectful, mainstream therapeutic orientations that strive for holistic balance (emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual). She believes in the importance of wrap-around care, especially supporting connections with Elders and cultural teachings, as well as exploration of identity development. She is aware of the impacts of colonization and intergenerational trauma while recognizing the resilience and wellness in communities and culture. Her work is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing that stress the importance for reciprocity, relevance, responsibility and relationships.
Tricia-Kay Williams has a BA degree in Psychology from the York University in Toronto O.N. and an MA degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler University in Vancouver B.C. Tricia has extensive experience counselling individuals and families and is skilled in treating: Trauma, Anxiety, Transitional/Career and Relational issues. She is also an active community and social services professional who worked for some years as a Residential Youth Worker. Tricia is an advocate for anti-racism that affects BIPOC individuals and consults with organizations to foster a more anti-racist approach. Tricia is the owner of a counselling practice called Metamorphose Counselling and is the host of a YouTube channel called Meta Transitions.