October-November 2024

Are you ready to take your work to the next level? VISIONS proudly presents Fundamentals of Inclusivity, a transformative learning experience designed to equip clinicians with the tools and insights needed to make their practices and working environments radically inclusive. 

Why Choose Our Workshop?

Practical and Powerful: Our workshop equips you with actionable tools and skills you can immediately implement in your clinical work.

Expert Facilitation: Learn from seasoned consultants who specialize in creating inclusive organizational cultures and have worked with hundreds of groups and individuals over the last four decades.

Lasting Impact: Gain a deep understanding of principles of inclusion that will positively impact your practice long after the workshop concludes.


Expand your toolkit with Fundamentals of Inclusivity! Join us in this immersive experience and embark on a journey of growth, empowerment, and transformation.

Time Commitment: Four 3-hour sessions (12 contact hours)

Cost: $650 per person / $50 for CE credit

Dates and times:
3-6pm ET / 12-3pm PT on Tuesday October 31 and November 7, 14, & 21, 2024.

Reserve your spot today!

Continuing Education Information

CE Credits Offered: 10

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending Fundamentals of Inclusivity, participants will:

  1. Identify and discuss eight guidelines for cultivating respectful, inclusive group environments across difference
  2. Identify their historically included and historically excluded group memberships.
  3. Identify and describe at least two examples of how social and hierarchical power dynamics can operate in personal and group interactions.
  4. Paraphrase and apply VISIONS' Feelings as Messengers emotional literacy model to an analysis of case studies.
  5. Describe how application VISIONS’ Feedback as an Antidote to Oppression framework can mitigate the impact of negative feedback in interpersonal and group settings.
  6. Apply VISIONS' Modern Oppression and Survival Behavior/Internalized Oppression framework to an analysis of case studies.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886744521-5919) for 10 continuing education contact hours.


Vigorous Interventions in Ongoing Natural Settings, Inc. (VISIONS, Inc.) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7400. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Vigorous Interventions in Ongoing Natural Settings, Inc. (VISIONS, Inc.) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Registration Details

Program Highlights

Session 1: Effective communication, conflict resolution, and relationship-building 

Cultivate skills for impactful communication that transcends barriers. Learn how to develop meaningful relationships across cultural, racial, and other forms of difference, foster mutual understanding and collaboration, and understand what it takes to transform monocultural environments into equitable and inclusive ones.

Session 2:  Cultivating Emotional Literacy as a Leader

Gain essential tools to identify and counter personal-level bias and discomfort. Understand how unstated fears and resentments can impact organizations negatively and learn powerful skills to create constructive, validating, and inclusive environments. 

Session 3: Understanding and Addressing the Dynamics of Oppression 

Learn how modern forms of oppression manifest in individual and organizational behaviors. Turn this awareness into action with practical approaches to creating inclusive environments, where every individual feels valued, supported, and seen. 

Session 4: Applying Knowledge to Real-Life Challenges

Put your learning into practice. Engage in interactive problem-solving as we consider real-life scenarios that you and your peers bring to the table. Benefit from collective insights to devise effective solutions.

Facilitator Details

Deborah J. Walker, PhD

Dr. Walker has worked as a multicultural and organizational development consultant for over 25 years. She is skilled in the areas of assessment, strategic planning and change, process facilitation, community engagement, cooperative problem solving, and coaching. She has a keen interest in policy and systems change related to disparities. Her focus is on supporting organizations to increase their internal capacity to achieve their equity and inclusion goals. She received her Doctorate in Administration in Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

Leena Akhtar (she/her), VISIONS Director of Programs & Consultant, Northampton, MA

Leena Akhtar, PhD

Dr. Leena Akhtar brings a perspective she developed having grown up and lived in several different countries to her diversity and inclusion work. After starting her career in finance, she engaged in trauma studies at NYU and then earned a PhD from Harvard University. She has extensively researched and worked on issues of cultural change around discrimination, harassment, and power-based violence in organizations and institutions, work that she continues to do via her consultancy, The Greater Us, in addition to collaborating with VISIONS.

Jeanne Firth, PhD

Dr. Jeanne Firth has been working with the VISIONS model since 2013, first as a client on the founding staff team of Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Firth holds a PhD in Human Geography and the Environment and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A white, working-class woman who grew up in Kansas City, Jeanne comes from a family with farming roots on the prairie. She holds a lifelong dedication to place-based food justice and food sovereignty work. As a social scientist, teacher and organizational leader, she believes in the importance of upholding both process and content; how we learn is of equal importance to what we learn.

Jeanne Firth

Refund and Cancellation Policy 

If a workshop is canceled by VISIONS, participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels more than 30 days in advance of the training start date, they can receive a full refund or transfer to another session.

If a participant cancels 15-30 days in advance, they can receive up to a 50% refund or have a 50% discount applied to a future training.

Cancellations made 14 or fewer days in advance of the training are not eligible for a refund or transfer to another training.