Moving Toward Antiracism in 2021

NEAFAST is creating a year-long book group, Moving Toward Antiracism: A Year-Long Guided Reflection through Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy to take the first steps toward recognizing unconscious racial bias and addressing systemic racism in our personal and professional lives. We will read Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. 

“Create the change the world needs by creating change within yourself,“ Layla Saad.

This year-long course will be on the third Friday of every month, starting on February 19, 2021 and ending on January 21, 2022 from 12-1:30pm ET on Zoom. The group is worth 18 CEs for Massachusetts LMFTs (Massachusetts social workers pending). For LMFTs, you will be able to count 16.5 CEs toward the 2019/20 CE cycle. 

Jennifer Driscoll, LMFT, will direct the group, with assistance from Maria Daskapoulous, LMFT, Mary-Jane Beach, LMFT, and Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT. 

We will move away from the long tradition that white people can read their way out of trouble. We will shift from racial literacy to emotional literacy by working through a relational rather than individualistic approach. This group will begin by using the writing of Layla Saad and her book, Me and White Supremacy (which you can buy online), and Me and White Supremacy A Guided Journal. For more information about Layla Saad, visit her website.

The group will move away from, “What do I think?” and toward, “What do I do?” with the hope of addressing our becoming a “good ancestor.”

The course will provide participants with the opportunity to expand on their intellectual and emotional understanding of racism and white supremacy while doing the work to dismantle it. 

We will be practicing this group through a process called The Circle Way. To read more information about The Circle Way, and other topics of the group, please read the Circle Way Guidelines.

The group is free, however, we hope that you'll consider supporting NEAFAST in providing this and other trainings by becoming a member (if you aren't already). Join us for a Q&A on January 15, 2021 from 12-1:30pm ET for more information. 

You will be expected to attend all group meetings; if you need to miss one group, you will be asked to share your written reflections with the other group members.

Join us in 2021 as we take steps towards becoming antiracist therapists and organizations.

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