Power Sharing Through Radical Curiosity: Engaging Youth in Care

When: Monday, November 29 - 11:00 AM

Duration: 1 hours

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Power sharing is an important aspect of trauma-informed and anti-oppressive care, but what does it mean and how do we do it? Power sharing can be particularly difficult when youth have complicated service needs and may be involved in multiple systems, such as the behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. Complicating matters further are the developmental challenges of working with young people who are moving towards independence and may struggle with trusting authority figures.
This presentation focuses on tools and strategies for developing positive working relationships and supportive holding spaces for power sharing through the use of radical curiosity and narrative storytelling. These strategies have relevance for client-centered/recovery-oriented care, anti-oppressive practice, and trauma-informed care.

About the Presenter:

Deirdre Williams, LCSW, SIFI, DSW holds a Doctor of Social Welfare with a concentration in Social Work from New York University. She is a skilled clinical and forensic social worker with a specialty in working with court-involved individuals. In all her work, Deirdre employs a level of mindfulness and commitment to the treatment process to create settings that respect all identities. Her hands-on approach creates a space for understanding, validation, and curiosity about the narratives and lived truths of others to build accountability and address patterns of internal and transgenerational discords.