These days… the work is real.
Now, don’t get me wrong, our communities have always struggled with life in the face of racism, oppression and all other forms of violence… but… it’s become uniquely complicated.
With the shifting generations, the political climate, and social media… we have boat-loads of work to do. Luckily, many of us in the field of education, social work, health and social justice have opened our hearts, changed our minds, and are seeking a path to a just life.
This requires a special way of showing up in the workplace… our life’s work.
You or your team may have taken the training to be “trauma-informed” but you know we must do more. The truth is… too many of us are on the brink of burnout. This work requires a heart-centeredness that is best found in a safe space, free of judgement with support to problem solve. Knowing textbook concepts about racism and trauma aren’t enough for emotionally charged, sensitive incidents under pressure.
This is where I come in…
I use my skill as a Healer and Integrative Psychotherapist to guide fellow change-makers through tough topics in a safe space. I show you how to be heart-centered and remind you to breathe. I tap into my commitment to community and knowledge of the nuances of race and ethics in social work to give insight on strategies that contribute to the liberation of those oppressed.
Let’s do the work!
I have supported trailblazing, change-making organizations and professionals…
…train non-profit young leaders on the nuts and bolts of community rooted social change
…navigate topics of racism, oppression and white supremacy when it shows up for white mental health clinicians
…transform a research based intervention group for women of color returning home from incarceration, to a safe, culturally infused mindful space for healing
…dissect the historical relationship between racism and how it may permeate in traditional therapeutic modalities
…by facilitating Mind-Body skills groups for youth grieving after the Baltimore Uprising and incidents of mass community violence
…equip foster parents, educators, case managers, and medical staff with the know-how to heal themselves using QiGong and other exercises in mindfulness
Let’s Heal your organization together. Take a look at the Training series offered as well as the Mind-Body Skills Group that can be implemented at your organization.
Seeking Consultation or Clinical Supervision? No worries, contact me directly at Shawna@ShawnaMurrayBrowne.com for next steps.
NOTICE: Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is currently on Maternity Leave until late September 2017. All inquiries about speaking opportunities and community collaboratives will be answered periodically throughout the leave period, however, she has no availability until after late September 2017.
Mind-Body skills groups are safe, intimate settings (8 or 9 people), established by Dr. James Gordon of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, to support youth or adults sort through everything from daily stressors to major traumatic experiences. A series of 8 to 16 sessions lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours include biofeedback, hypnosis, imagery, meditation, art and music therapies. Mind- body approaches teach coping skills and provide tools for self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-care.
The Mind-Body Skills Group model recognizes and embraces individual differences: participants are given an opportunity to explore a variety of methods, and to take the time to listen inwardly to learn more about their own needs. Youth serving institutions often request Mind-body skills groups to support children/teens who could benefit from additional nurturing emotionally, to cultivate practice of healthy relationships or to simply shift the cultural norm. Corporations, non-profits, universities, school and health systems, commit to offering Mind-Body Skills groups to prevent burnout, encourage self-care and improve overall morale.
Skills Learned from the Group:
Science of the Body & Breathing
Music & Movement
This training series is for social workers, psychologists, counselors and wellness practitioners who are ready to dissect the racist foundations that our professions are based, and outline what it means to be intentional. We focus on liberation. Participants will be invited to reevaluate the practices established in their field and how it impacts the culture of the workplace and dynamics with our colleagues and clients. A skills-based immersion, practitioners will review case scenarios and identify how race plays a part and leave with the tools to better navigate this emotional charged reality. With heart-centered, genuine connection at the forefront, safe space will be held for change-makers to reflect on their emotions and recommit to their passion.
Racism, Power and Privilege on the Couch
History of White Wellness Frameworks
The Ethics of Ignorance in Practice
The Decolonization Process: Liberation, Pro-Blackness & Anti-Racism
Case Clinic: Real Life Application
Self-Work: Deepening Your Purpose, Healing and Mindfulness
Navigating Institutions as a Liberation Advocate
The Ethics of Practitioner Self-Care
Healing the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma
Intentional Practice: Redefining Your Role
I remember completing my MSW degree… I was confused, overwhelmed and seeking direction. When I finally convinced myself to sit for my licensing examination as a Social Worker the angst grew tremendously… It was so challenging to find wise ones in the field that inspired me AND who would take the time to invest in my development during some of my most challenging circumstances as a case manager, clinician and advocate. Once I found it though, I was gold! I flourished and was able to truly leap into my own practice.
I am grateful to be able to offer clinical insight and guidance to blossoming clinicians seeking a path to liberation-focused practice. Whether you are working towards the time you’ll sit for your clinical license or you’re a fellow licensed clinician seeking sound consult, I am here.
Email Shawna@ShawnaMurrayBrowne.com to express interest and to get details.
Shawna helped me bring my goals to life! I had been sitting on the idea to create adult sex education classes for well... too long! When I brought this to Shawna during my Chief #HealASista Session, she held me accountable. I received guidance in strategy, implementation, curriculum development and I even planned a years worth of sessions for my clients. She helped me set and meet my deadlines with her honest and candid feedback. When it came time to execute my first workshop, Shawna attended and even gave some clear cut feedback for how to improve it in the future! I always left feeling charged and ready to get things done! Now I have actualized my dream and established VagEsteem!!!!
The #HealASista Project: Belly Dance Edition at Kindred Wellness LLC was so needed & right on-time! Genuine intention, open; full hearts = Kindred connections. Shawna Murray-Browne is a fantastically fun ("innertaining") facilitator w/great presence, skill and care.
[Since participating in the #HealASista Project meditation calls], I started meditating every day and began with 10-15 minutes. This has since increased to 20 minutes. I have followed various guided meditation. The impact it was and still is having on me is immense. I used to get physically unwell more frequently -now my ability to let my mind and body go into deep relaxation every day I feel has undoubtedly improved my immune system. I now feel more in control of my thoughts and if I 'slip' into a negative thought, I now acknowledge it but do not 'fuel' it. I now turn it around and try and replace with positivity. This is not easy--not after years of set responses! I've learned to be kind to myself and not be a slave to my past or be burdened by a future that hasn't happened. This has enabled me to appreciate the here and now. It's amazing when you have that awakening and it all began by meditating!!
Political campaigns are very taxing on the mind and body. As I prepared to embark on my journey to seek public office, Shawna worked with me to ensure I was mentally and spiritually prepared to take on the challenges ahead. She did such an excellent job helping me and I never felt more empowered to manage the stressful situations along the way! Thank you!
I signed up for Shawna’s 4-week Qi Gong series because I’d never tried it before. I am used to other ways of calming oneself, like seated meditation, yoga, etc. And from my experiences with her other events and programs, I knew she would be authentic, and teach me in a very unique way, as only Shawna can do! I had no idea the impact it would have on me! She is able to make the energy in the space completely safe and welcoming, enough for me to be vulnerable in ways I had not. And that is where the magic happened, and I felt real healing. If you are for real about healing hurts, discovering things about yourself, and finding peace, look no further.
Shawna is a knowledgeable and charismatic instructor who not only taught us QiGong and healing sounds, but also taught us ways to incorporate the meditations in our everyday life. Each class began with a 'Check-In' where each participant got the opportunity to express how their week has been going, the challenges & the positives. I'm not a very open person, so I thought that would be uncomfortable for me. But it turned out to be my favorite part of the class....having a safe space to express our thoughts and our feelings was very healing in itself. Especially in a time where everything is so hectic and overwhelming...it's nice to be aware of YOU in the midst of the chaos and be able to express that in a judgement free space. The bulk of the class included learning QiGong movements and learning the 6 healing sounds as well as the movements and organs associated with them. The most important thing I learned during this segment of the class was ways to be more grounded and aware of myself and my breathing and the power of being STILL and moving with INTENT. The meditations I learned, I used many times to regain balance. It's awesome to now know things I can do to attain the level of peace I desire. Class always ended with a Journal writing session. Just a couple minutes to write down all the things you were feeling and all the things you were aware of about YOU in the class. I felt so in-tuned with myself. I would HIGHLY recommend this class to EVERYONE. In fact, when the next session starts up (late September), I plan to participate again. AWESOME CLASS.
My overall experience was fantastic! [The QiGong for Calm and Clarity Healing Series] actually helped me find a way of breathing/meditation that involves motion. With regular meditation I easily fall asleep. I can [see] how this can be applied to my life. My favorite experience is the group sharing done before we start [the QiGong exercises]...it's sort of a group therapy... it's a low-key two-for-one!
Shawna Murray-Browne presents with enthusiasm and professionalism! When deciding on a guest speaker for our SisterGather series, her work, reliability and spirit made our choice an easy one. She has attended many of our events and when asked to address the group on the how trauma affects the brain, she arrived prepared with research, anecdotes and activities. Shawna is a delight and an incredible treasure in our community. If you are over- or underwhelmed, needing direction and/or motivation, feeling stuck or unsure about how you feel, please do your self the tremendous favor of scheduling some time with this SISTA!
I asked Shawna to help me with my Women's Womb Wellness event at The Living Well. I was blown away by her fitting right into and flowing with my vision for her part in the event! She was to be the clinical support system for the women who might experience emotional release and such, during our yoga practice, belly dancing, and discussion circle. Not only was she a huge help, she helped to create a safe space for us all to connect and share; not to mention the fact that she helped me to stay focused and timely as a facilitator! The best part is that Shawna does all of this with an honest and open heart. Thanks for all that you do Shawna!
Shawna facilitated the Keep Calm workshop for the Building STEPS high school juniors. What I loved most about the program was Shawna’s ability to connect with the students, and make them feel comfortable. The breathing techniques and stress management strategies Shawna taught are easy to apply to everyday life. Shawna’s glowing positivity made the workshop a fun, and useful learning experience.