Talking About Race and Racism: A Developmental and Integrative Approach

04/04/2020 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas, Professional Development

Topics: Staff Cultural Compentency, Diversity Training

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

Many of us want to feel more confident talking about race and racism, but instead avoid the topic. The fear of saying something incorrect or being uncomfortable can override our good intentions when it comes to these issues. It is common to feel stuck or tense when discussing issues around race, but not fully understand why.

Differing somewhat from traditional diversity workshops, this training emphasizes a developmental and integrative approach (e.g., intercultural and social justice) to learning about these important topics in order to increase comfort and understanding.

Gaining perspective about difference itself, while using a developmental mindset, can help open the door for change in a non-shaming way. Moreover, increasing our ability to navigate our differences allows us to truly connect with others. This workshop will cover theories and concepts that will enable participants to feel more confident in discussions about race and racism, and be more clear about what it means to be anti-racist, while building a foundation of knowledge that can be applied to classrooms, counseling sessions and workplace settings, in addition to everyday life.

Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for those in “helping professions”, such as counselors, therapists, and educators, as well as for staff and leadership in schools, clinics, nonprofits and other organizational settings, and for community members seeking to improve their communication, work more effectively, and build better relationships with diverse populations.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Name the most important intercultural competency skill.
- Describe the six stages of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity.
- Identify at least three forms of racism.
- Identify how at least two key cultural factors may influence difficult dialogues.
- Understand and explain common ways people may get stuck when talking about race and racism.

Instructor: Cheryl Forster, PsyD
Noncredit: $125 before 3/12, $150 after, includes 6.5 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. Students: $50

About the Instructor
As a psychologist and an Asian-American woman, Cheryl Forster brings a strong and unique set of skills to her work as an intercultural trainer. Her subject matter expertise, love of learning, and warmth come across in her workshops. Dr. Forster’s intercultural training business is called Bookmark Connections; her continuing education and organizational workshops focus on incorporating and integrating the intercultural perspective with social justice and multicultural approaches to diversity work. Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is the Coordinator of Diversity and the Psychology Internship (PSU has a doctoral internship training program). She is a former Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar, and served on the ACCTA Board of Directors (2017 to 2019). In the spring of 2018, she taught a class at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and became a Certified Advanced Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitator. Cheryl is also a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015).Her interest in intercultural communication began over a decade ago when she pursued ongoing post-graduate studies in intercultural communication from the highly respected Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI); she also earned her advanced-level Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from ICI. Learn more about Dr. Forster’s work at [].