Published on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

How to Develop an Effective Antiracist Lens Within your Clinical Practice


Event date: 8/21/2020 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Export event

How to Develop an Effective Antiracist Lens Within your Clinical Practice.

Presenter: Keita Annie Whitten Foster BSW, MSW LCSW, SEP 

Founder: Ready, Set THrive!, The Harriet Tubman Movement Coalition of Maine, and Community Dialogues on Racism as a Public Health Crisis in the Midst of COVID-19



Keita is an LCSW, an alumnus of the University of Southern Maine, a Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, and a graduate of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Her practice is based on the ability to heal racialized adversities, trauma, empowerment, and the ability to Thrive. Her approach is holistic in its ability to blend the practices of somatic psychology, antiracism, class, and race using a womanist prose. Keita has worked in the field of social justice and clinical intervention for over 25 years. Before arriving in Maine, she was a student activist at Brough Manhattan Community College where she joined ACORN to address issues of affordable housing. In Maine her work in community includes Preble Street, a CPS social worker with The Maine Dept. of Human Services, Community Counseling Center, Connections for Kids, a school-based clinician with Portland Public Schools, and teaching gentle restorative yoga for elders, cancer patients, and woman survivors of war and torture. Demographics include mixed raced and blended families and rural communities including refuges and asylum seekers. She currently has an online private practice in Harrison, Maine USA.


My work is all about capacity, spirit, compassion, resiliency, grace, perseverance, and healing. Our stories are unique, yet we are not alone. There is no hierarchy of pain or suffering. The challenge is recognizing how these experiences continue to shape our current understandings and relationships with ourselves and each other so we can create authentic social engagement.”

~Keita Annie Whitten Foster


Clinical Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify racialized emotional fragility within your build body 

  2. Working outside your comfort zone: Recognize your limitations without shame and how to move through it.

  3. Identify, embrace, and work through transference and counter transference as a necessary space for building trust working with POC clients, families and communities as White and POC practitioners. 



A required Free E- course to help set the stage


*Required readings. This workshop will pull directly from these books and the practice experiences of Keita Annie Whitten Foster.

My Grandmother’s Hands Resmaa Menakem  MSW, LICSW, SEP, Author, Consultant

Be Bridge Latasha Morrison Author, Historian, Consultant

How to Be An Antiracist Ibram X Kendi Author, Historian, Consultant 

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Dr. Joy Degruy Author,

    Articles by Dr. Degruy


*Please know you are not expected to have read all of these books beforehand. However, the importance of making the time to read these books will help you unpack white supremist ideologies we have all have been brewing in for the past 500 years. This investment will help you develop a common language and compass to help you navigate repair within all your relations and to inform your own antiracist practice lens. Please also note each website listed with these books offer additional support and resources. 

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