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Thursday, May 20 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Reviving the Breath of Life: The Lament as Restorative Therapy

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Authentic self-identity has been compromised in the psyche of Black people in America. The denigrating effects of stigmatizing responses and internalized biases have deposited ideas of shame and belittling self-concepts within the consciousness of Black people. These negative self-perceptions have hindered the development of authentic Black selfhood and require attention, so that these individuals can be liberated from the oppressive existence and realize restoration to genuine expression as a viable living soul. 

This workshop invites participants to consider the mental health concerns of those in the Black community and seeks to outline ways to assist individuals who experience the negative impact of these internalized faulty self-perceptions.  In particular, the biblical concept of lament will be introduced as a pathway to discover and grieve the hindering self-perceptions that exist in the psyche of Black people. Through lecture, role plays, and small group discussion this workshop will: 
  • Demonstrate the necessity of lamenting the customarily injurious, invalidating, and discriminatory environments and treatment of Black people 
  • Outline the literary structure of biblical lament and utilize it as a means of creating resistance, strength, support, and new possibilities in the minds, souls, and lives of Black people. 
  • Explore the ways in which implicit and explicit bias impacts the care and mental health treatment of Black people. 
  • Invite and encourage participants to cultivate an empathic presence for those seeking liberation from oppressive structures.  


Thursday May 20, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
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