November 12-15, 2024 (Eastern Time)

VISIONS' PACE (Personal Approach to Change and Equity) Level II workshop advances the skills learned in Level I, adds new skills and gives participants the opportunity to practice in order to gain increased comfort and fluency in their use.

In Level II, participants:

  • Review material from Level I, focusing on areas in which they desire more guidance and practice in using the tools and material.
  • Learn about and try on using worldview differences.
  • Explore group identity development and its impacts on cross-cultural interactions and organizational change.
  • Practice facilitation skill and intervention strategies (Transactional Analysis/Gestalt theory, cooperative problem solving, and other personal and community change models).
  • Per person cost: $1,150.
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November 12-15, 2024
Morning session 9-11:30am ET
Afternoon session 1-3:30pm ET

Cost: $1,150; $1,350 for those attending for CE credit.

Continuing Education Information

CE Credits Offered: 16

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending PACE II workshop, participants will:  

  1. Define and discuss 8 Guidelines for Effective Cross-Cultural Communication
  2. Differentiate the 4 levels of change and oppression (Personal, Interpersonal, Institutional and Cultural)from one another; identify at least three ways the four levels impact oppression and change
  3. Identify and define the five states of the Transactional Analysis ego states model.
  4. Restate 6 core feelings and their associated needs applicable to an interpersonal relationships and organizational contexts
  5. Identify 3-5 behaviors that stem from modern oppression and internalized oppression 
  6. Demonstrate one of the 4 cooperative process behaviors in 1 roleplay 
  7. Identify and differentiate individualistic vs. collectivistic worldviews and cultural norms 
  8. Locate self on the relevant model of racial identity development

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886744521-7041) for 16 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.


Facilitator Details

Jabari Carmichael Brown

A VISIONS consultant since 2019, Jabari Carmichael Brown is an explorer, storyteller and creator. Not much of an inside kid, he found solace in the great Mississippi outdoors. Exploring was an opportunity for Jabari to dream of the possibilities of life and to learn about how to grow food, read the sun and understand what time of day it was. In 2011 Jabari co-founded Grow Dat Youth Farm, an urban farm in New Orleans that nurtures young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. While at Grow Dat he wore many hats but finished his tenure with the organization as the Program Manager and Site Manager.

Jabari is a dynamite speaker and has even stronger listening skills. He often teaches from his personal experiences, which builds connections with participants. He is fulfilling the dreams of his ancestors by fighting to preserve humanity for each person. He is enthusiastic, humble, brave and leads by example.


Jeanne Firth

Dr. Jeanne Firth

Feminist scholar and food sovereignty advocate, 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 received a B.S.S in Peace and Conflict Studies from Cornell College, an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Human Geography and the Environment also from the LSE. A white, working-class woman who grew up in Kansas City, Jeanne comes from a family with farming roots on the Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie. She holds a lifelong dedication to place-based food justice and food sovereignty work. As a social scientist and a facilitator, she believes that how we learn is of equal importance to what we learn. Her new book about philanthropy and humanitarianism Feeding New Orleans: Celebrity Chefs and Re-imaginging Food Justice is published by UNC Press: Chapel Hill.

Dr. Rick Pinderhughes

Besides his administrative duties, Dr. Pinderhughes applies his clinical experience to training, group facilitation, coaching and technical assistance in corporate, non-profit, educational, faith-based and healthcare settings, consulting on a wide range of institutional and organizational change issues from a multicultural perspective. He also supervised the VISIONS’ Legacy Project, a summer program for youth, from its inception in 2008 through 2018. With a background in adoption issues, particularly transracial and international adoption, he has practiced individual, group and family therapy for over 30 years in greater Boston. He earned his doctorate from William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology).

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Dr. Joan Schoenhals

Dr. Schoenhals emigrated from Canada in the early 1980s for graduate study in counseling psychology at Ohio State University. Dr. Schoenhals worked full-time with VISIONS from 1987-2010. She served on the Management Team as Associate Director of Programs, and as a lead consultant for many projects with a variety of clients from the private and public sectors. She was Project Director for ACCESS: A Multicultural Approach to End of Life Care.Since 2010, Joan has continued in her capacity as a Senior Consultant for VISIONS,Inc. A skilled facilitator, she has focused on Train-the-Trainer programs in university settings, as well as internal talent development within VISIONS. She also provides consultation and training to local governments and in corporate settings. In addition to helping others see nuances of difference from a North American, non-United States perspective, she brings her life experience as a white lesbian woman to her anti-racism work.

Registration Details


PACE II is offered over four consecutive days, with a morning and afternoon session from 9-11:30am and 1-3:30pm occurring on each day. A general outline for the major curriculum pieces to be covered on each day is below.

Day 1: Welcome, check-in. Brief review and application of Guidelines, Levels of Oppression and Change models. Introduction of Transactional Analysis and Ego States model. Contracting for Change. 

Day 2: Brief review and application of Feelings as Messengers model and Modern Oppression/Internalized Oppression models. 

Day 3: Introduction to and application of Cooperative Process. Introduction to Worldview frameworks. 

Day 4: Application of Worldview framework, and introduction to and application of Racial Identity Formation models. Application sessions, closure. 


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.