(We will keep posting additional information and updates here as we go along on this journey ….)

Posted: June 23, 2020

Stepping Up …. Here’s Our Commitment to You and Ourselves

At the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute (SPTI), we’ve spent the past several weeks ensuring that we are listening, learning, and taking steps to uproot systemic racism and marginalization within our programs and organization. This work marks the beginning of a commitment to sustained change and authentic action toward racial justice and equity within ourselves and the Institute.

We’ve been asking ourselves many questions:

  • How can we actively address the unconscious areas in ourselves, in our organization, and in our trainings, so we can evolve and be a force for genuine and authentic change?
  • How can we commit our resources as an organization to being actively antiracist?
  • How can we continue to transform the lives of therapists and children worldwide using our voices, skills, and drive for equity?

The answer to these questions are not simple, quick nor easy.

As an organization, and as a community, we commit to having the hard and long overdue conversations and to continue to learn. We will undertake efforts to recognize systemic racism and marginalization within the programs in our organization, and begin to make necessary changes. To this end, it has been important for us to create a moving-forward action plan.

  • SPTI is forming an Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Working Group. To create meaningful change, this working group will guide our work in looking at our programs and organizational structure through an anti-racist lens. This inquiry will also include looking at how our programming addresses issues such as inequity, racialized violence, and the inherent bias toward all marginalized groups in the US and the world. We invite you, a member of the SPT community, to provide feedback and/or to be part of the working group. It will be a forum for discussion and ultimately action.
  • SPTI will sponsor trainings to educate and increase awareness around topics of equity, inclusion, systemic racism, privilege and unconscious bias, and understanding how racism, microaggressions, micro-acts of exclusion, and white supremacy in individuals and organizations contribute to trauma.
  • SPTI is committed to looking at ways to help make our programs more financially accessible to the BIPOC communities. In looking at ways to make our trainings more accessible, we will also actively look at curricular changes to reflect a deeper understanding of the impact of oppression and trauma.
  • SPTI will be organizing a book study group led by a fellow SPTer to come together as a community to further our discussion and learning about racism and oppression.
  • SPTI will continue to compile and share resources to speak out and deepen the conversation about oppression, racial injustices, and inequity on our social media platforms including Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

We are committed and we want to continue to learn and evolve in partnership with you. We don’t want to simply talk about transformation, but to embody it …. As individuals, as an organization, and as a force in the world. Humbly and boldly, we are going to give everything we have and invite you to do the same. This is the time for us to step up together.

We invite you to be part of this journey.

With love,

Your SPTI Leadership Team (Lisa Dion, Janelle Langeteig, Judy Norman, Khris Rolfe, Polly Douglass, Lindsay Ishman)

Here are a few resources we thought you might find helpful on the journey …
*My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
*White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
*Anti-Racism Resources for White People: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES (compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein, May 2020)
*21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge
*Recovery From White Conditioning: A 12-Step Program: https://recoveryfromwhiteconditioning.com