Working for positive social change while working with young people can be a strain on the most conscious, aware and attentive person.  This can be compounded by issues related to: identity (ours and theirs), power and privilege, life stressors (ours and theirs), maintaining boundaries, self care and the skills and supports we have (or lack) to cope with various forms of internalized and externalized oppression.   In this three part series we will increase your awareness of these issues, and more, and practice sustainable ways to have a greater positive impact that is in alignment with your personal and organizational values and goals.

Participation in all three sessions is encouraged but not required.

Priority will be given to PFF Partner Grantees


Session One: Identity and Knowledge of Self

The first session will focus on the identity of the staff/provider and ways that you own identity can impact whether services are provided in a consistent manner.  There will be room for discussion and reflection on the ways in which you, as a staff person, can be negatively triggered by the life stressors of those that you are serving, supervising, or organizing and how your identity can impact strategies of self care and setting appropriate boundaries.

When: April 16, 2015 | 9:30 – 12:00

Where: The Grove 760 Chapel Street, New Haven | First Floor Meeting Room

Register by April 9th


Session Two: Relationships and Boundaries

The second session will focus on the staff/provider’s relationships with your organizations members and leaders.  It will explore the ways in which life stressors or trauma experienced by your members can impact their ability to fully engage in your program or organizing and the impact of your members’ life stressors/trauma can have on your ability to manage your own productivity and work capacity.  The session will include discussion about how effectively maintain boundaries while maintaining relationships.

When: May 7, 2015 | 9:30 – 12:00

Where: The Grove 760 Chapel Street, New Haven | First Floor Meeting Room

Register by April 30th


Session Three: Sustainable Self Care

The final session in this series will focus on sustainable self-care practices for individuals, organizations and communities while staying committed to social justice issues.  Activities and discussion will help participants recognize the impact of cumulative stress on individual, organizational, and community health, illuminate and deepen resilience by tapping into existing strengths, and encourage improved communication and creative thinking.

When: June 4, 2015 | 9:30-12:00

Where: The Grove 760 Chapel Street, New Haven | First Floor Meeting Room

Register by May 28th 


About the Facilitator:

Enroue Halfkenny is a 45 year old, multi-racial black male that has been committed to facilitating healing and liberation in himself and others for most of his life.   He is experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, communities and organizations.  While he internalized notions of liberation from his parents, who were social justice activists and organizers, Enroue also personally engaged in working to overcome the various systemic and societal forces of oppression that he encountered.  His unique skill set as an activist, artist, priest, and clinical social worker helps him to develop effective, client specific strategies for individuals, couples, groups, organizations and communities.

Enroue founded Healing and Liberation Counseling as a focal point for addressing the ways that internal and external issues prevent people from fully realizing their potential.  He is committed to the diverse ways of addressing health and healing so that people can be free to be in the world the way that they choose.  Prior to founding his private practice, he worked at Clifford Beers Clinic, a community mental health clinic in New Haven CT.   While there he provided individual, couples, family and group therapy for children and their families suffering from the negative effects of poverty, PTSD, problematic sexual behaviors, depression, anxiety, physical and sexual abuse, divorce, community violence, and other complex traumatic events.

He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and dance from Middlebury College and is a LCSW from the Smith College School for Social Work.  He is also a Babalawo (priest), in the traditional, nature-based Orisa religion of Yoruba people.