Bullying is a significant impediment at any age; and for those whose bullying stories are rooted in parts of self like race and culture, body image, sexual and gender identity, neurodiversity and style of learning, socioeconomic background, and even individual family dynamics, the effects reach every corner of our lives. We are cast out as the “Other,” and spend much of our lives trying to understand ourselves in a world that has shown us that we are not worthy of voice, expression, and the right to take up space. We struggle with:
– Intimate bonds and parenting that are shadowed by the unshakeable sense that we’re somehow damaged goods, and therefore inferior.
– Professional lives that are haunted by the belief that major parts of ourselves must be hidden or left out; and that doubling down in work will finally give us the worth we so desperately crave.
– Trying to find voice to answer fundamental questions like “What do I want and need?” “What choices do I make to feel fully alive?”
A bullying, oppressive world has riddled us with shame and diminished worth. For even very successful adults, the bullies of our past come to exist as a living presence. The result is that we spend large portions of our live feeling alone and afraid, which can spiral us into a state of hopelessness about our ability to affect life change.
In this highly interactive workshop, TEDx speaker Dr. Stacee Reicherzer, author of The Healing Otherness Handbook: Overcome the Trauma of Identity-based Bullying and Find Power in Your Difference provides a roadmap for healing Otherness in ourselves and in supporting clients and patients in their own healing journeys.
As an attendee, you will learn the five Rules of Fear that Otherness bullying instills, exploring how fear has settled into the crevices of your own life and that of the people around you. Most importantly, you’ll be provided the Tools for Change: Clarity, Compassion, Creativity, and Sass, and spend time in session familiarizing yourself with their use in both your own experience and in therapeutic settings. You’ll leave session with not only a renewed since of your own freedom as a choicemaker, but with a toolkit of skills for work with your clients and patients. You’ll also have a lot of fun!
As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:
– Define Otherness bullying as a developmental impact in their own and their patients’/clients’ lives.
– Describe the factors that create an ongoing experience of feeling Othered.
– Explain the role that each of the five Rules of Fear plays in impairing individual growth and wellness.
– Utilize each of the four Tools for Change in transforming fear
– Craft a path forward that reflects their freedom as a choicemaker
– Provide clients and patients with therapy protocols for addressing fear and immobilization that have stymied growth and mental well-being.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Stacee Reicherzer is a licensed professional counselor who lives in Chicago, IL. She is the author of The Healing Otherness Handbook: Overcome the Trauma of Identity-based Bullying and Find Power in Your Difference, published by New Harbinger Publications in April 2021 in the U.S. and June 2021 in the U.K. Additionally, she presented Taking Back Our Power From the COVID-19 Bully for TEDx Normal 2021.
“Dr. Stacee,” as she is known professionally, has worked extensively as a trauma therapist, using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), psychodrama, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to address Otherness bullying and extensive forms of trauma. She has served on the editorial board for the Journal of EMDR Research and Practice since 2010, has written for Family Circle magazine, and been featured in CBS News and Investigation Discovery as an expert on transgender mental health.