Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Guest Coach: Howard Martin, MA, RPC, Q.Med
In a time where we are bombarded by daily reports of racism and discrimination, it is easy to feel helpless and confused, wondering what we can do to help those affected by racism. As mediators, we can find ourselves working with clients who have a history of racial trauma, that can easily be brought to the surface during a mediation session. Or, maybe we have friends, colleagues or potential clients that require for us to have a better understanding of racism and its effects on individuals and communities. Understanding the experiences of people of colour can help you avoid misunderstandings and assumptions that perpetuate ongoing problems. How can we pave the way for greater understanding, compassion and mutual cooperation? Please join us for this virtual session that will highlight racism, some of the inadequate responses to racism, its effects on individuals and communities over the years, and strategies for providing healing and working together in a diverse community.
This will be an interactive session – there will be no role-play.
Howard is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC), Qualified Mediator and Ethical Consultant based in Ottawa. He also teaches courses on Community Engagement, Negotiation and Mediation at the University of Ottawa.
Howard earned his Masters degree in Public Ethics from Saint Paul University and additional training in Dispute Resolution from Dalhousie University and several other institutions. He offers mediation services for relationships, businesses and diverse organizations and groups in the community. By using his combined skills and knowledge, Howard offers counselling, mediation and workshops to individuals, families and groups in communities across Canada.