Expired Shame Resilience and Transformation Skills for white people: A Pathway to Authentic Relationships with People of Color

This four-session training is designed to help white people stay engaged in meaningful racial conversations and cross-racial relationships without surrendering to white shame that often stifles racially-just behaviors. 18 CE contact hours are provided for this course.

The early registration discount deadline is August 15th, 2022.

As two women: one black and one white, we bear witness to lives being destroyed by the racially-based denial and silence of white people. It has been our experience that the shame that is evoked from many whites coming to terms with their complicity with white supremacy is often a paralyzing and debilitating condition for well-intentioned white people who desire but seem to be unable to deeply explore their whiteness in an honest and transparent way. Understanding that real change and transformation can only happen through compassion and connection, we have searched for a way to create opportunities for white people to be truly accountable by practicing shame resilience. We have created a training specifically designed to help white people stay actively engaged in meaningful racial conversations and cross-racial relationships without surrendering to white shame that often stifles and smothers racially just behaviors.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand defensive responses such as withdrawal, attack, and denial, and see how they are common coping strategies used to help ameliorate white shame and guilt and ultimately maintain white supremacy
  • To understand and know how to apply strategies and interventions to work through white shame and guilt
  • To utilize skills necessary for compassionate accountability


Robin Schlenger, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor, and Anti-racist Consultant and Organizer with over 10 years of supervisory experience. She received her master’s degree in Social Work and Seminar In Field Instruction certification from NYU and has been studying and using Psychodrama and Drama therapy for over 5 years. Her experience includes providing clinical supervision with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens for social workers, creative arts therapists, and licensed mental health counselors as well as having worked in psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic schools, children’s residential facilities, outpatient treatment centers, public schools, private practice, and as a Clinical Director for a local community-based organization. Robin is is currently a Senior Consultant with MPG Consulting, where she specializes in facilitating presentations, trainings, and workshops that are rooted in restorative and anti-racist principles, She also serves on the leadership team of European Dissent (ED) which is an Affinity Group of The People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond. ED is a group of people of European descent who “dissent” from the ideology of white supremacy and organize together with other whites and People of Color to undo racism.

Alana Tappin, PsyD, CPsych is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with approved practice in Clinical Psychology with children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her doctorate at Long Island University, C.W. Post College (Brookville, NY) where her research focused on the experience of growing up with a parent diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Tappin received her Bachelor of Psychology with honors (B.Sc) from University of the West Indies (Kingston, Jamaica) and taught kindergarten and elementary school for several years. She completed her internship through Manhattan Psychiatric Center, which is a publicly funded state psychiatric facility in New York. Dr. Tappin has special interests in social justice, critical race theory, whiteness, and in helping transform patterns of internalized inferiority and internalized superiority.

Date / Time:

Fridays, November 11, 18, December 2, 9, 2022
9:00 am–1:30 pm (ET)
Zoom link will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Continuing Education:

18 CE Contact Hours

Early Registration Discount:

15% discount for registrations completed by August 15th, 2022

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  • November 11, 2022 9:00 am - December 9, 2022 1:30 pm

Robin Schlenger, MSW, LCSW and Alana Tappin, PsyD, CPsych

18 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


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