My experiences as a clinical social worker, leadership scholar/practitioner, adjunct professor, and owner of Paradox Cross-Cultural Consulting, Training & Empowerment LLC have truly been rewarding. My voyage into exploring social worker discourses and what could be discovered about professional workplace experiences with race and racism has been fascinating. As life in the U.S. continues to evidence, racial dominance somehow manages to always be in season. My critical discourse analysis shows how the forces of nuanced racism and whiteness in social worker discourse function and cooperate to produce dynamics that maintain and (re)produce racial dominance while simultaneously avowing a commitment to racial justice, oftentimes without intent. By interrogating patterns of racial dominance in everyday professional conversations, my PhD thesis takes what is often implicit and makes it explicit. Frequently underacknowledged in experiences around race are various forms of resistance, and social worker stories are embedded with glimpses of dissent and opposition. Analysis of focus group data unearthed four essential characteristics or interpersonal capacities that contribute to generative racial dialogue and offers lessons and tools for social justice leadership and antiracism practices. Navigating the Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race can be found on my author page.
My multiracial/multiethnic clinical and educational experiences include community mental health, clinical social work with Somali immigrant families around the complexities of global displacement and resettlement, and various forms of trauma. I am a certified clinical trauma professional and in my private practice employ somatic psychotherapy and interventions that create mind-body spaces for healing primarily around oppression-based trauma, intimate partner violence, and developmental trauma. I am adept at creating generative and liberating dialogic environments that promote transformational social change. I am a member of the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation task force.
On a personal note, I love hiking, particularly in the mountains, and much of my amateur photography is nature-themed. I am a ‘closet’ singer and enjoy gospel music and 80’s and 90’s R&B. I am also proud and honored to be a mom, aunt, and grandmother.
Paradox Cross-Cultural Consulting, Training and Empowerment, LLC services primarily focus on the education, counseling and faith-based professions, and I combine my research and scholarly interests with my consulting practice. Through customized workshops, consulting and coaching, I engage individuals at the organizational, community and grassroots levels around the historical and current consequences of oppression-based trauma; healing; and embodied liberatory practices. Paradox consulting, coaching and training expertise centers on racial dominance, racialized stress and trauma, how they manifest in our social interactions, thoughts, and bodies, and then show up in organizations. Services support the internal work of racial justice and we journey with you to create practices that support transformational social change. In our racial and social justice work, we do not fight for what is inherently ours at birth…life, liberty, and justice. Rather, our aim at Paradox is to understand, observe, and break down socially constructed barriers that block access to our inherent rights while granting selected groups full and unobstructed entry.
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Photo by Cherie - Santa Rosa Mountains