This panel presentation examines why Systems Thinking matters in terms of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. In terms of understanding systemic oppression (ie: ableism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, fat-phobia, xenophobia, etc.), Systems Thinking is a method of navigating the complexity of the world and human beings by looking at it in terms of intersecting cultures and relational power dynamics. It also provides a way of exploring and developing effective action in complex contexts to enable effective and sustainable systems change.
This Community Conversation will highlight Relational Life Therapy (RLT) tools that can be used to support Systems Thinking and are shared in Terry’s book, “Us: Getting Past You & Me, to Build a More Loving Relationship”.
Deran Young is a licensed therapist specializing in racial trauma and legacy burdens. She is also a Co-Author of the New York Times Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, a retired military officer, & founder of Black Therapists Rock. Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization with a network of over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma. She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students. Deran has visited over 37 different countries and her clinical experience spans across four different continents. Her passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, Linked In, and YWCA. She resides in the Washington DC area with her 10 year old son.
Terry Real is an internationally recognized Family Therapist, Speaker and Author. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology. A family therapist and teacher for more than twenty five years, Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, the straight-talking How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women, The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work, and most recently US: Getting Past You & Me to Build a More Loving Relationship. Terry knows how to lead couples on a step-by-step journey to greater intimacy — and greater personal fulfillment.
Tiffany Hall Campbell is a sexologist, social worker, and human rights activist based in her home country
of Costa Rica. She completed two Master's degrees, one in clinical & educational sexology, and the other in clinical social work from Widener University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a minor in Theater Arts from the same institution. She is currently working as an international independent consultant for NGOs in topics related to mental and emotional health, human rights, sexuality and gender. She specializes in individual and couples sex therapy; and individual, couples and group psychotherapy. Her populations focus has been adolescents, LGBTQIA+
communities, people living with HIV/AIDS, marginalized women, and afro descendant people. She has
expertise in group facilitation, support groups, and individual counseling for adults and adolescents. She
also provides orientations, seminars, and workshops on a range of topics within the scope of personal
development, mental health, sexuality and gender, including but not limited to: sexual and reproductive
health, gender-based violence, social justice, HIV/AIDS, and sexual trauma. Her services are all in
English and Spanish.
Leticia Brown (she / her / hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Black queer femme whose practice engages various healing modalities at the intersections of harm reduction, sexuality and social justice. She prioritizes work with BIPOC & QTNBIPOC communities through a liberatory lens that values communual interdependence, and affirms the inner healer we all hold within. Constantly exploring ways to decolonize her relationship to healing, she incorporates intergenerational exploration, spirituality, ritual, the use of the body and reconnection to intuition in her practice, and sees her role as co-creator with those she walks beside on their healing journeys.
Leticia has been trained in a variety of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy modalities, including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy trainings with Sage Institute, Polaris Insight Center, Healing Realms and Doorway Therapeutic Services, where she maintains a small private practice. Leticia was also a trainee of MAPS’ first-ever MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Therapy Training for Communities of Color, in August of 2019.
Additionally, she is a therapist with the MAPS expanded access program, using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treating severe PTSD.