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Coffee Hour is an opportunity for Mental Health/Helping Profession Professionals of color to fellowship and discuss their experiences within the field. It's a counter-space that focuses on the needs of those that don't otherwise have the safety to openly discuss issues concerning their professional and personal development as it relates to their culture/ethnicity. During Coffee Hour you have the option to: Discuss difficult cases (case conceptualizations) Network with other professionals Discuss job opportunities Research interests Interviewing skills/questions Supervision consultation Clinical consultation Case management issues Assessment needs Assistance with the Internship and Post Doc processes Licensure study sessions Academic support Coffee Hour allows you to support one another as a collaborative group.

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If You Can't Go To Bella Noche Where Else Can You Go?! w| BJ Rudd, MA

Ok Family! It's time to announce the last Coffee Hour of the season! For those who don't know, we always take a hiatus to honor the holiday season, so no meetups November-January. We'll be back in February with more dope ass topics, and even more amazing guests! About our final 2020 meet up: It's no surprise that we, as BIPOC folx, walk into a job and immediately figure out which level of code-switching we need to commit to, which outfits they ain't ready to handle, and what aspects of ourselves we need to "mute" in order to assimilate and feel as safe as possible within a new system. Shout out to generational trauma(s) and systemic oppression for that! However, these trauma responses and protective behaviors are usually in full effect way before we're able to take a step back and consider whether our places of employment have communicated to us that they aren't safe or if we're just so conditioned (for good reason) to assume that it's yet another job where we won't feel/be seen, heard, acknowledged, validated, or protected. Now let's take it a step further and recognize how the current pandemic(s), and social unrest has created a greater need for consistent employment and security, on top of more jobs asking BIPOC to participate in vulnerable discussions about white supremacy/oppression in ways that leave us feeling uncertain about whether or not we're jeopadizing our own safety and job security. Do we speak up? Do we censor ourselves? And if we do, are we only setting ourselves up to be further othered and surveilled as a result of having challenged workplace ignorance, oppression, microaggressions, and inequity? Furthermore, are we--as BIPOC--destined to walk in and out of jobs having had no expectations for safety and trust? Or are there ways that we can learn from past unsafe systems, better suss out new one's we enter, and discover new ways to feel whole, or as whole as possible, in our 9 to 5s? This is an opportunity for us to discuss how we can find the balance necessary for our own professional and personal growth within systems of all varieties of safety. About our guest speaker: BJ Rudd is a Postmaster’s Fellow at IntraSpectrum, where he’s intentional about creating a safe, honest and nurturing environment that encourages the use of humor and curiosity in your journey towards healing. BJ is passionate about helping individuals find their voice by recognizing that one’s softness and tenderness is a valuable strength–not a weakness. He believes that in order to understand people, we must also be aware of the systems they reside within and how they impact an individual’s access to resources and, overall, mental health. Because of this, he seeks to hold space especially for BIPOC individuals who find it difficult to explore vulnerability with someone who hasn’t experienced otherness, oppression, and trauma unique to persons of color. BJ draws from a relational-cultural approach, believing that connectedness and connections to others are the gateways to growth and healing. Through a power-with dynamic, he works with clients to break cycles of transgenerational trauma in order to create new paths, traditions, and coping strategies that make sense for them and their truth(s). In his previous clinical experience as an Intern at Urban Balance, he worked with clients coping with body image concerns, trauma, grief/loss, men’s issues, guilt and shame, (racial) identity development, and navigating oppressive systems. Outside of therapy, BJ enjoys spoiling his pitbull rescue, classic & modern anime series, and discovering new music with retro/nostalgic undertones. Leila Ellis-Nelson, Psy.D. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. As usual, join us via Zoom or IG Live (CoffeeHourChicago) Peace, L & K

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