Educational TA Workshops

Righteous Anger

NATAA Presents:

Righteous Anger: Considering the intersection of mental health and culture


Dr. Valerie Batts, Ph.D.

February 24th, 12pm – 2pm. Eastern time USA

This presentation will explore some of the ways that cultural oppression impacts mental health. Topics to be covered include identifying cultural scripts, inviting personal change through uncovering survival behaviors that become unhealthy as the system in which one is operating changes, expressing righteous anger versus games, and developing a liberatory consciousness. Participants will be invited to share questions and/or reflections in the chat or interactively at different points in the presentation.

The session will begin with an overview of how TA has been used in the psychosocial model that VISIONS has developed and used since 1984 in the US and in many parts of the world. We have included in all of our change work a focus on individual as well as systems change. A couple of case examples will be shared, and the audience is welcome to bring issues they are concerned about regarding this topic for the Q&A portions.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify survival behaviors that are no longer functional
  • Name alternative behaviors
  • Name how TA is used as a method of social change
  • Understand the intersection of mental health and culture

This program is eligible for 2 hours Continuing Education Credit with APA and NBCC for a $10 administrative fee. Application details will be provided with the instructions for joining the workshop.

Captions will be available in Spanish and other languages.  Los subtítulos estarán disponibles en español y otros idiomas.

​Dr. Valerie A. Batts, PhD, is Founding Director and VP of Consulting at VISIONS, Inc, which supports healing and empowerment in health and education settings by providing tools for uncovering institutional, structural/cultural and personal barriers. She leads the consultation and training components of the company. Author of Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tune, and Is Reconciliation Possible: Lessons from Combating Modern Racism, Dr. Batts has written extensively on modern racism and multicultural organizational change strategies. She is the originator of the VISIONS training model and experiential workshops.

Watch an exclusive interview with Dr. Valerie Batts and Alexis Brinks. 

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