One of our program goals is incorporating Healing Centered Engagement principles throughout Light the Change, from our direct work with clients and families, collaborations with school partners, individual and group supervisions and program meetings. The hope is to promote healing on multiple levels, for clients and families and for our team. One way we incorporate these principles into our monthly program meetings is by having each team member present about their identities during this year. Each presentation is 5 minutes long and the invitation is open-ended so that each person can present themselves with as much creativity and flexibility as they choose. After the first two rounds, team members have shared their identities in multiple ways: creating visuals, using poetry, bringing artifacts, etc. This activity is based in the HCE principles of Culture and Belonging, Agency and Relationships with the understanding that if we all share parts of ourselves we allow more vulnerability in our relationships while also allowing each person to share as much as they are comfortable with. Ideally, as we share about ourselves and learn about each other, we will experience a sense of belonging that allows us to bring our authentic selves to our work and see the best in each other, all of which contribute to healing.
Blog Post Written By: Mark Thibedeau, Clinical Supervisor
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