Relearn history, question your biases, and develop new skills to combat racism in yourself and your society with Congregation Kol Ami! Join us on Sunday, August 16 and Sunday, August 30 at 4:00 PM as we welcome Essence Cohen Fields, Licensed Professional Counselor to our virtual space on Zoom. In these two sessions, we will learn about the trauma of racism from a mental health perspective, and the historical context of systemic racial injustice in our society, particularly as it relates to the current movement and community uprising. We will work towards identifying our own biases—stereotypes, prejudices, micro-aggressions, as well as discussing best practices to support marginalized groups and strategies for allyship and activism.
Join our community and our Anti-Racism Working Group as we recommit to the fight against racism in ourselves, our communities, and our society at large.
We strongly encourage participants to attend both sessions, but all are welcome to learn with us on either date.
Essence Cohen Fields is a trusted Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience providing attainable goal based therapy. She holds a bachelor degree in psychology from Spelman College and master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. Essence is the Owner and Executive Director of First Love Yourself Counseling, or FLY Counseling as it is affectionately known, based outside of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Essence has been featured as a mental health expert in media outlets such as NBCNews.com, Bustle, Martha Stewart Weddings.com, as well as several other publications. In response to recent 2020 protests and police brutality, Essence has been publicly vocal, being interviewed by CBS Philadelphia, and she is excited to join Kol Ami for this two-part training.