Safe Black Space – Community Healing Circle (SBS-CHC) First Response
SBS-CHCs are confidential and supportive healing circles for people who identify as African American and are experiencing race-based trauma. While not therapy, SBS-CHCs provide mental health, spiritual and community support offered in an African-centered and holistic way. They provide an initial entry point for healing and can help stabilize a community who may be experiencing a crisis. They provide safe spaces for Black people to share their stories and feelings; deepen their understanding of the impact of historical forces and images on their lives; learn and practice self-care and community care; and identify local resources; in an environment with other people of African ancestry.
SBS-CHCs are an outgrowth of the Cultural Trauma Tool Kit (developed after the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille) and the Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECsSM), the support group model originated by the Community Healing Network (CHN) and developed in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). SBS-CHCs are grounded in African principles of wellness and are designed by African persons for African persons in order to address the immediate emotional and psychological stress affecting persons of African ancestry who have been negatively impacted by experiences of racism, alienation, and isolation.
A successful SBS-CHS was offered on April 7, 2018 with approximately 50 attendees. The second is scheduled for May 6, 2018 from 3:00-6:00pm at Roberts Family Community Center. Future SBS-CHS dates are to be determined and when possible will be provided upon request.
SBS-CHC’s offer more of a “first response” healing circle after cultural and race-based trauma, helping to provide an immediate opportunity for self-care. However, for the next level of healing and for ongoing support that is offered on a more sustainable basis, the Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECsSM) are provided (see below).
Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECsSM) Next level of healing
Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM are a support group model originated by CHN and developed in collaboration with ABPsi. They are grounded in African principles of wellness and designed to address emotional and psychological stress affecting persons of African ancestry who have been negatively impacted by experiences of racism, alienation, and isolation. Participants learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills; and learn to replace negative cognitions (thoughts) about inferiority with ones that are more affirming. EECsSM support Black people in working together to overcome, heal from, and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives. EECsSM are a powerful resource for personal and community healing, that follow a seven session curriculum and have been implemented internationally.
EEC Trainers are scheduled to come to Sacramento on May 18th & 19th from 8a-5p to train EECSM Facilitators who would then offer ongoing EECsSM across Sacramento. To find out more about the EEC Facilitator Training and to get registered, please email eecNorth@gmail.com (space is limited).