Mending Hearts, Minds,
and Bodies
for Social Justice


Have you ever found yourself in a difficult moment and notice your heart starts beating faster? Your throat starts to constrict? Your fist clinches or tears start to sting your eyes? These are all signs of a somatic response. Your body has its own form of knowledge and it senses uncomfortable and potentially unsafe territory. What can you do? One option is to avoid difficult conversations or unfamiliar people. But avoidance causes your body to store up unnecessary energy and prevents growth from taking place.

What if you could approach topics from a settled state of being? There is dignity in knowing your biases and your mind-body system. Somatic awareness occurs when a person acknowledges their own self within their environment and identifies psychological, physiological and social factors that promote healing and self-regulation. This skill can be utilized in all types of settings and is especially helpful in personal and professional pursuits that tend to focus on challenging and stressful topics. Professionals will find this information particularly relevant when working with populations on trauma, mental health, racism, oppression, and other difficult conversations.

Learning objectives:   By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

**Increase knowledge of their mind-body connection.
**Gain skills to stay engaged in difficult moments.
**Uncover implicit bias held in the body.
**Develop practices for personal and professional use.

About the Presenter:

Whitney Gherman (she/her/hers) is a social justice Educator who supports community members with knowledge and resources to engage in meaningful dialogue and produce positive outcomes for racial healing, healthy food access, trauma informed care, and affordable housing. Grants have supported her work on bottom-up organizing and shared group leadership. In 2020 she was recognized by The Ohio State University for outstanding achievement of community-university partnerships and more recently, received a national diversity award in her field.
Gherman received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Recently, she earned a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certificate from The Ohio State University.

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Mending Hearts, Minds, and Bodies for Social Justice:
A Wholistic Approach to Assess and Disengage from Implicit Bias


Tuesday, April 6, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (AM Session)
Presenter: Whitney Gherman, BSW, MSW

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

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