In the face of the current pandemic, as people everywhere are feeling emotionally activated, one of the most critical skills that LGBTQ parents can use to navigate these times of uncertainty is knowing how to show up in difficult/emotional conversations with loved ones.
This begins with cultivating an ability to deeply listen with empathy and compassion, keeping one’s own emotional balance, and knowing what to do and not do to be of service to our loved ones. If you have ever had questions about how to respond in such conversations, ever felt doubt about your capacity to be helpful/comforting, or been criticized for being too focused on fixing, this workshop is for you!
*Note: Because this is a fully interaction session, participants will be on camera and able to communicate with our presenter and one another.
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Dr. Bukky joins Family Equality to discuss some basic skills LGBTQ+ parents can use for navigating emotional/difficult conversations. Through an interactive and experiential virtual workshop, she will help participants answer questions such as what exactly does it look like to “hold emotional space” for someone? To “lean in” with empathy”? What is helpful or not helpful to do in such conversations? Is everyone able to feel empathy? Dr. Bukky aims to offer simple, concrete information to support you in cultivating your ability to show up for your family and friends in more emotionally attuned ways. This is the first session in a 2-part series.
Dr Bukky Kolawole is the founder and Executive Director of Relationship HQ
, a place that exists to nurture vibrant human connection so that anyone served feels whole, seen, and celebrated in the mirror and in the world. She* is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience serving as a therapist to queer people and their partners/families. She specializes in providing couples therapy and providing dynamic and experiential workshops focused on strengthening interpersonal relationships with people and organizations.
This will be an interactive, 90-minute session. Space will be affirming of all identities and is poly-friendly. It is preferred that people who identify as being in a partnership together be on the same camera, however, if that is not possible let us know; you can still participate! If you identify as single, please bring along someone who you are in a closer relationship with (the relationship does not have to be romantic).