Ancestors as Allies on the Path of Personal and Collective Liberation
Just like people, ancestors can be complicated. We have ancestors whose legacies we’re inspired by, and those we recoil from. In this workshop, we will be using the knowing in our bodies to help us identify ancestors, that can serve as allies in the work of creating more equity in our therapy rooms and in our communities.
We will also explore how claiming and including problematic ancestors in our lines, can move us from denial, shame, guilt and aversion, to acceptance and resolve to seek more justice and healing for ourselves, our clients and our world.
Beilah Ross, LICSW, has been practicing Clinical Social Work in community mental health settings and private practice for 26 years. She began her training in Focusing in 2006, becoming a Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist in 2009. In 2012, she attended “Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma” with Shirley Turcotte, the founder of Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy. She has been on an ancestral healing journey ever since, leading workshops on the power of FOT to heal intergenerational trauma. Her ancestors inspire her anti-racist/anti-colonial organizing, and encourage her to continue the internal and collective work of unlearning white body supremacy.