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SERVICES

Coaching, Training & Consulting

 

“If you have come here to help me,

you are wasting your time. 

But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” 

 

Lilla Watson –Indigenous Australian Scholar and Activist

Paradox services take a relational and adaptive approach to our work. Our knowledge is grounded in critical race, anti-racism, and critical discourse theories and whiteness studies. Not only do individuals, groups, communities, and organizations learn to talk about it, participants examine how: racism is embedded in everyday discourse; how it is denied, silenced and reproduced at the micro-level; and, serves to maintain social dominance at the macro-level. This approach includes acknowledging and challenging historic and current power differentials, and an examination of internalized dominance and internalized racism.

 

Paradox understands that change is constant. We utilize principles of Emergent Strategy (Adrienne Maree Brown) as a framework for our social change work:

 

  • Small is good, small is all                       

  • Change is constant

  • There is always enough time for the right work

  • Never a failure, always a lesson

  • Trust the people…trusting builds trustworthiness

  • Move at the speed of trust. Focus on critical connections more than critical mass – build the resilience by building the relationships

  • Less prep, more presence

  • What you pay attention to grows

  • There is a conversation in the room that only these people at this moment can have…find it

 

All services are informed by research and experience. I will be with you during every step of your learning process to help provide the necessary tools, training and support that lead to transformation. Our coaching, consulting and training environments will be

 

  • Spaces where everyone enters and leaves with their dignity intact and humanity honored

  • ‘Brave’ positive, encouraging, liberatory environments for practice where

  • Mistakes are not only ok but are required for change

  • Learn from others who are experiencing similar challenges

  • Accept conflict as a part of the transformation process

  • Holding spaces where we see conflict as a gift to growth and will use it for progress

Paradox Group + 1:1 Coaching

Services are designed to transform helping professionals. Through coaching, participants will

 

  • Successfully navigate the discomfort that accompanies change

  • Break through fear and unleash courage

  • Increase the capacity to learn how to talk and act productively around issues of racism and other forms of social injustice

  • Become proficient in the language of racial and social change

  • Identify and develop internal strengths and create action plans that produce change and ultimately transformation

  • Address racial dynamics, internalized oppression and dominance

Training + Workshops

Customized training/workshops:

  • Customized training and facilitation services include workshops for social service and religious organizations support social and racial justice development. Topics include: creating space for change; interpersonal racial dialogue capacity building; racial discourse and the (re)production of racial dominance; resistance and antiracism; analysis of power through discourse.  

Paradox Consulting Services

Consulting services include:

 

  • Organizational cultural audits (identifies presence and impact of racism, oppression and resistance in organizations)

  • Assessments that explore and identify historical agency and current practices, relationships, and change goals

  • Prepare employees and decision-makers to engage in and support antiracism/anti-oppression praxis, strategy and organizational change

  • Social justice development for agencies and communities