Bold Conversations Peer Learning Community

2:00pm - September 13, 2021 thru 4:00pm - November 22, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: July 30, 2021
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Conversations around bias, race, microaggressions, and privilege can prove uncomfortable in many organizations; however, these conversations are possible with effective skills. The ability to foster and engage in open and authentic conversations are critical skills for advancing principles of diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion within organizations, and are necessary for our development into the best version of ourselves. These conversations are also key to fostering premier interactions and equitable outcomes for our clients, customers, students, families, communities, and others whom we work alongside. 


The Bold Conversations Peer Learning Community (PLC) is for mental health practitioners and mental wellness advocates in the Pacific Southwest. Participants in the PLC will increase their awareness of self, enhance their skills to communicate more effectively, and increase their confidence in facilitating and engaging in uncomfortable conversations. During the six-session, cohort-style peer learning community, participants will learn the principles of engaging in bold conversations to advance equity. Each session will foster opportunities for authentic conversations, self-reflection, relevant case studies, innovative strategies, strategies for action, and lots of practice with peers. Upon completion, participants will leave with a personal plan of action, peer support, and skills needed to advance equity in their work.

The application period for the September 2021 cohort of the Bold Conversations Peer Learning Community is now closed. If you'd like to apply for the next cohort in 2022, please email the Pacific Southwest MHTTC to be added:

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9/13 – Setting the Stage: Meaningful Communication

2:00-4:00 p.m. PT


9/27 – Setting the Stage: Effective Facilitation

2:00-4:00 p.m. PT


10/12 – Setting the Stage: Conflict Engagement  

2:00-4:00 p.m. PT


10/25 – Building Skills: Engaging in Bold Conversations Around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

2:00-4:00 p.m. PT


11/8 – Building Skills: Holding Space for Bold Conversations Around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

2:00-4:00 p.m. PT


11/22 – Putting It All Together: Fostering Positive Impacts Using Bold Conversations Around Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion as a Guide

2:00-4:00 p.m. PT

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Dr. Suganya Sockalingam

Dr. Suganya Sockalingam is a Founding Partner at Change Matrix, LLC, which supports agencies in addressing diversity, cultural competence, and cross-cultural communication as well as leadership, collaboration, and conflict management. Dr. Sockalingam focuses on supporting individuals, organizations, and systems to motivate, manage, and measure systems change. Currently, she serves as a training and technical assistance provider for several national technical assistance centers, and for other federal, national, state, territorial, and community agencies. She earned her doctorate at Washington State University and has worked in many capacities in public and behavioral health, both nationally and internationally, for over 25 years. 

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Dr. Tonicia Freeman-Foster is a Certified Diversity Professional and Certified Health Education Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in restoring hope, resiliency and wellness through her work with underserved persons and marginalized communities, as well as managing and directing local, state and federal funding. Dr. Freeman-Foster currently serves as a Change Specialist, at Change Matrix. In this role, she provides technical assistance, training and skills building in topics related to leadership, cultural proficiency, diversity, equity and inclusion for national projects and grantees.  Dr. Freeman-Foster possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Education (Community Health) from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Human Services (Organizational Management and Leadership) from Springfield College, and a Doctorate degree in Education (Organizational Leadership) from Argosy University.