Deborah L. Plummer, PhD
Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Accepting our role as transformational change agents in a diverse world
Spend one or two days with Deborah Plummer and change your sense of who you are as a health practitioner
Advancing Inclusion: Turning Us and Them into We
Thursday September 26, 2019 10am-4pm
Achieving Racial Equity – One Friend at a Time
Friday September 27, 2019 10am-4pm
With diversity in Toronto predicted to reach 70% and the news media indicating an increase in intolerance in our country, how has this influenced our group identity as “welcoming” Canadians? Amidst an increased awareness of race, gender, and immigration issues, the publication of Truth and Reconciliation, growing movements such as the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, deepening one’s self-awareness becomes a critical element in order to increase respect for differences.
International leader in the field of diversity, Debbie Plummer brings her deeply humanist and Gestalt trained skills to invite us to look at ourselves as practitioners and social beings in relation to our programmed fear of “otherness.” As health care practitioners in troubled times, we often stand as a bridge between belonging and otherness. Debbie asks us to accept our critical importance to the inclusion effort, accept our role as transformational change agents, and confront our own need for experience and skills within our multiple and intersecting identities.
Through engaged conversations, interactive exercises and critical examination of societal trends through the lens of honouring difference, participants in these workshops will begin the work of turning us and them into “we” conversations.
The theme of Day Two in Debbie’s words is “achieving racial equity – one friend at a time”. Continuing the use of self as an agent of social change, you will immerse yourselves in an experiential and dialogic exploration based In her newest book “Some of My Friends Are” which asks us the question: how many close cross-racial/cultural friendships are in our lives?In the deepest exploration of who we are, we learn the opportunities for life enhancement and soul nourishment from meeting one another in difference. Invite the people you know from outside your comfort zone to this inspirational day.Who is this workshop for?
Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors and Trainees
All those who identify as transformative change agents and compassionate healers capable of restoring relationships, fostering empathy and building inclusive organizations and peaceful communitiesCertificate provided for 12 Hours of Continuing Education Credits
Date & Times: Thursday, September 26th, 2019 - Friday, September 27th, 2019,10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fee: Early Bird: $350 (paid before August 28, 2019) Regular : $425 ( Deadline September 24 )
Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, is a psychologist and nationally recognized diversity thought leader. As Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, she shapes and leads the academic health sciences center’s embrace of diversity as fundamental to its institutional excellence. As Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Quantitative Health Sciences, she continues research on racial identity development and cross-racial friendships while facilitating classes on cultural competence in healthcare and strategies for reducing health disparities.
Deborah is the founding director of a graduate degree program in diversity management and maintained a private practice for twenty years treating individuals, couples and families. As consultant and founder of D.L. Plummer & Associates, a firm specializing in diversity management and organizational development, Deborah worked successfully with over eighty international and national corporations including Fortune 500 companies, hospital systems, community mental health agencies, public and private school systems, and faith-based institutions, developing diversity strategic plans, facilitating diversity training and conducting organizational development consultations.
Deborah is the author of Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friends (Beacon Press), Advancing Inclusion: A Guide for Effective Diversity Council and ERG Membership (Half Dozen Publications) and Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press), and editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman and Littlefield),. She is the lead author in the design and development of the Diversity Engagement Survey (DES), a tool for measuring diversity and inclusion in organizations.