Sister 2 Sister Safe Space Program
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About the Event
The Sister2Sister Caribbean Advocates Safe Space Program
The Herstoire Collective and GrenCHAP have partnered to build a virtual therapeutic support platform community for Caribbean based female-identified activists, feminists, LBTQ advocates, and leaders of CSOs/advocacy groups. This program is developed as a response to feedback from many of our fellow female and LBTQ advocates and activists in the region, who have indicated experiencing a paucity of all levels of support needed to continue serving as helpers, healers and leaders in communities during these unprecedented times.
This program calls participants to boldly engage in self- and collective care via an intimate, interactive, supportive space created for us by us – guided by mental health professionals.
To foster a regional community and cathartic ecosystem where there is empathetic support, honest self-reflection, learning from and sharing with peers, space to process challenging thoughts and emotions, and curating self/collective care strategies as practical tools to increase the capacity to cope with the life-long stressors of simply existing and even more so – leading, as Caribbean women.
The S2S Virtual Safe Space will be guided by a cadre of esteemed mental health professionals & advocates from the Caribbean, who are committed to community care, healing, wellness and liberation. This cohort will be guided primarily by the formidable Dr. Alisa Alvis, Clinical Psychologist and Professor at St. George’s University.
Sessions will occur on Thursdays at 6:30pm, beginning on November 5th, 2020 and ending on December 10th, 2020.
Each cohort of 10 participants will engage in 6 weekly interactive video group sessions, that meet for 90 minutes per week. Community-sourced session topic areas include, but are not limited to:
- impact of COVID-19, coping with communities in crisis; tools & techniques for coping mechanisms
- mental well-being, integrating self-care/ collective-care as a form of resistance
- what’s race & gender got to do with it?; discharging frustrations and pain, holding space for intersectionality & how you show up in spaces.
- addressing compassion fatigue, secondary trauma & burnout; healing, rediscovering self, taking a break,
- the toll of activism, dealing with toxic work/home environments, guidance to getting unstuck; prioritizing pleasure based activism
- fostering sustainable safe spaces, building safe pods/communities as a resource
Caribbean advocates who join the Safe Space will receive culturally tailored, curated community support, and exclusive access to psychotherapy, self-care and healing resources.
- Sessions will occur weekly via Zoom using a video meeting format.
- Meetings are on Thursdays on the following dates: November 5; November 12; November 19; November 26; December 3; December 10
- Each cohort will have a maximum of 10 participants
- Due to the nature of some of the topics explored in sessions, we encourage you to join in from a space where you can speak as freely and safely as possible.
Expression of Interest
Great! You’ve decided to join the Safe Space! Please complete and submit your participant interest form here. Deadline – October 28, 2020.
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