Talking about race is important and hard.

It can bring up intense and difficult feelings.

Many of us, especially white parents, have neither experience nor role models on how to talk about race, racial discrimination, or privilege.  But!  We want our children to grow up in a world where race is understood and handled far better than it is now, so we recognize that a better future requires us to lean in to that discomfort.

Join Katie Malinski, LCSW-S and Jeffrey Swan, LPC for a conversation about talking with kids about race.  We will share what current research can teach us about talking about race, the concept of “color blindness,” and inherent bias.  We will offer examples of conversations about race, discrimination, and privilege that parents can have with their children at various ages.  We are both therapists and parents, and we’ll speak from the heart about our experiences talking about race with our own kids.

This 1 hour webinar is for parents of any aged child.

Here’s what a couple of parents had to say about this webinar:

I just finished watching the webinar. Thank you so much for such great information, moments for reflection, and ideas for “putting it on the calendar.” I feel like you guys offered some great suggestions for diving into these crucial conversations, not only with our loved ones, but at work and in other areas.

I loved [this] webinar-thank you both so much for handling such a challenging topic with whole-heartedness, humor, sensitivity, and informed wisdom.

You’ll love it, too–join us!

Do you want more details?  I’ve got details for you.  :^)

Okay, Katie is white.  Jeffrey is African-American.  One of us has had to talk & think about race their whole life.  The other one had the privilege of hardly ever having to do that.  In the webinar, we take turns sharing from where we truly are on this path–including both the moments when we know how to handle things really well… and those moments when we are grasping for mediocrity.

Are you wondering about why or how a white lady is going to talk about race?  (you’re probably not alone.)  But here’s the thing–it’s the responsibility of white folks everywhere to lean in on this issue.  Katie, a therapist who specializes in parenting, had to do a lot of homework before she felt even remotely like she knew enough to share useful ideas on this topic.  There is a lot of solid, peer-reviewed research about how children see race (spoiler–they do) and bias (spoiler–we’ve all got it.) But that homework?  It helped. White people especially all need to do homework, put their brave boots on, and wade in to this stuff.  Katie doesn’t think she knows much more than a small fraction of what she needs to know about this topic, and it’s still scary to her to talk about–but she’s leaning in anyway. We can help you do it, too.

Jeffrey also specializes in parenting and is a Nurtured Heart Approach trainer.  He wrote his Master’s thesis on an issue related to children and race. Jeffrey has 2 characteristics that make him even more invaluable to the task of helping parents learn how to talk to their kids about race–he is a talented, veteran presenter and facilitator, and he has a lifetime of living (and parenting) as a person of color.  Talking about race isn’t something that can be done as well with just one voice–this webinar brings you two strong, helpful, compassionate voices of support.

Oh, and we know how important concrete help is too, so we recommend books, and give examples about how to answer questions and handle talkable moments.

Talking with kids about race webinar