October 22-25, 2024 (Eastern Time)

VISIONS' PACE (Personal Approach to Change and Equity) Level I workshop is a comprehensive and intimate introduction to the strategies involved in creating multicultural environments. Upon completion of this course, we are confident that you will possess the necessary skills to identify and challenge "isms" within yourself, others, and organizations. This session emphasizes emotional growth, cognitive learning, and opportunities to practice new approaches.

PACE I serves as the foundational workshop provided by VISIONS. By the end of this course, we believe you will have acquired the following skills:

  1. Identifying previously unconscious biases and misinformation within yourself, others, and organizations.
  2. Enhancing effective communication across differences.
  3. Recognizing personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural barriers to inclusion.
  4. Understanding the enduring personal impacts of historical and contemporary exclusion and oppression, such as the effects of sexism on both men and women.
  5. Facilitating change within groups and organizations to establish a supportive, inclusive environment.

October 22-25, 2024
Morning session 9-11:30am ET
Afternoon session 1-3:30pm ET

Cost: $1,150; additional $65 for those attending for CE credit.

Continuing Education Information

CE Credits Offered: 17

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Learn VISIONS' Three Dimensions of Change model.
  2. Identify their historically included and historically excluded group memberships.
  3. Summarize and explain the Multicultural Process of Change model.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of how social and hierarchical power dynamics can operate in personal and group interactions.
  5. Apply VISIONS' Feelings as Messengers emotional literacy model.
  6. Utilize VISIONS’ Feedback as an Antidote to Oppression framework to analyze and mitigate the impacts of negative conditional and unconditional feedback in interpersonal and group settings.
  7. Practice VISIONS' Skills for Effective Communication Across Difference.
  8. Describe and apply VISIONS' Modern Oppression and Survival Behavior/Internalized Oppression framework to an analysis of dysfunctional interpersonal encounters.

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.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886744521-4559) for 17 continuing education contact hours.


Facilitator Details

Jessie Justin

Based in Providence, RI, Jessie Justin is a certified personal coach, equity coach and consultant, educator, and parent. Through life experience and educational pursuits. Jessie has learned to weave social justice consciousness into everyday life. Jessie brings a keen awareness of the intersectional identities that affect who we are and how we respond to our surroundings. As a gender non-binary, queer white person, Jessie is dedicated to helping communities become aware of and challenge systemic oppression and racial injustice. They are a founding member of the White Noise Collective RI and a member of the Providence SURJ chapter. Jessie has been involved in and influenced by VISIONS, Inc. for over 10 years and is now a consultant for them. Jessie earned a B.A. Skidmore College and an M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University.

Jessie Justin

Soerny Cruz

Soerny is a consultant and facilitator intent on connecting deeply and healing together. They have worked with clients from a variety of sectors including public and private education, social services, nonprofit, faith-based, youth, and healthcare since beginning with VISIONS in 2011. Previously, Soerny worked as a sexual and reproductive health educator, providing after-school programming in Somerville middle schools. She developed curriculums in English and Spanish on consent, healthy relationships, and gender and sexuality. Soerny studied American Studies and Community Health at Tufts University with a focus on racism and health. They have interned for local organizations such as Alternatives for Community and Environment and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. Soerny is a proud native of Jamaica Plain, MA

Registration Details


PACE I 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: Introductions, VISIONS Guidelines for Effective Communication Across Difference, Cultural Learning Activity, Multicultural Process of Change, and Contracting for Change.

Day 2: Welcome, Contracting (continued), Feelings as Messengers & Emotional Literacy, Cultural Sharing, Multiple Identities, Historically Included/Excluded Identities

Day 3: Modern Oppression and Survival Behavior/Internalized Oppression; Alternative Behaviors; Feedback/Recognition as an Antidote to Oppression

Day 4: Final contract review; Application Work; Closing

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.