Keynote Address: Justice-Doing & Believed-in-Hope: Our collective resistance to hate-filled politics
Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC
How do we position ourselves in useful and meaningful ways with a spirit of Justice-Doing and shouldered up in solidarity with folx who share our collective ethics? How do we hold onto and engender a believed-in-hope amidst the oppressive structures and necro politics people are suffering from? Vikki will address how a Supervision of Solidarity and an ethic of Justice-Doing offer a place to stand as a frame for our collective community work and therapy. This work is informed by an intention for de-colonizing and justice-doing practice. Vikki will consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice and social justice activism while working in contexts of oppression and suffering, and weave our collective resistance to oppression and structural abandonment together with social movements. We will acknowledge the cruelty of mean and hate-filled politics, and the suffering of “messed with human beings” alongside luminous stories of everyday resistance with threads of “immeasurable outcomes” of our work alongside persons struggling to keep a finger hold on dignity. We will be invited to reflect on our own stances for ethical practice, and puzzle our intentions of “walking our talk”, opening up our collective work to a hopeful skepticism that questions the ethics alive in our practice.
In this interactive workshop practitioners will be invited into an investigation of the spirit of justice-doing alive in our work. A hopeful skepticism invites us to look to our practice to see how our ethical commitments to justice-doing are revealed. We will consider our collective ethics and practices for creating cultures of accountability. Creating Solidarity Teams can help us stay ethical, shoulder us up in response to the hardness of our work, and foster our collective sustainability.
Justice-Doing in Therapy and Community Work
A two-day in-person workshop with Vikki Reynolds
Manchester and London, April/May 2022
Manchester: Thurs/Fri April 28/29
London: Tues/Wed May 3/4
£230 + VAT, 20% off for self-funders
This workshop is informed by a spirit of solidarity and social justice activism. Vikki will illuminate her stance for an ethic of Justice-Doing as a frame for community work and for therapy.
She will consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice and social justice activism that encompasses centering ethics, doing solidarity, addressing power, fostering collective sustainability, critically engaging with language and structuring safety.
We will engage with our own stances for ethical practice, and participate in a Solidarity Group with the intention of “walking our talk” and opening up our collective work to a hopeful skepticism that questions the ethics alive in our practice.
This workshop will help participants:
- Consider how to promote dignifying and generative supervision groups for therapy and community work.
- Deconstruct “case consultation” norms that don’t serve clients or practitioners, and consider what a “Culture of Critique” that is generative, expansive, connected and dignified might offer.
- Consider practices of structuring safety and creating relationships of respect and dignity which can promote a culture of accountability that generates useful and rich critique.
- Share some exercises for creating intentional supervisory relationships.
- Create cultures of accountability that invite critique that are a resistance against surveillance practices of supervision.
- Practice examples of “Living Supervision”, and creating “Solidarity Teams” to assist practitioners to work in alignment with our collective ethics