Justice Doing at the Intersections of Power: Responding to mean and hate-filled necropolitics in Community Work

A conference session by Dr Vikki Reynolds
Therapeutic Supervisor / Adjunct Professor, www.vikkireynolds.ca

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Justice-Doing at the Intersections of Power: Responding to mean and hate-filled necropolitics in Community Work

This work is informed by a spirit of solidarity and social justice activism. Vikki will illuminate her stance for a Supervision of Solidarity and an ethic of Justice Doing as a frame for community work and therapy. This work is informed by an intention for de-colonizing and justice-doing practice. Vikki will consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice and social justice activism while working in contexts of oppression and suffering, and weave our collective resistance to oppression and structural abandonment together with social movements. We will acknowledge the darkness of mean and hate-filled politics, and the suffering of "messed with human beings" alongside luminous stories of everyday resistance with threads of "immeasurable outcomes" of our work alongside persons struggling to keep a finger hold on dignity. We will be invited to reflect on our own stances for ethical practice, and puzzle our intentions of “walking our talk”, opening up our collective work to a hopeful skepticism that questions the ethics alive in our practice.

Dr Vikki Reynolds

Vikki Reynolds (PhD RCC) is an activist/ therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work and therapy. Vikki is a white settler on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations. Vikki's people are Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and she is a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers and other workers responding to the opioid catastrophe, refugees and survivors of torture - including Indigenous people who have survived residential schools and other state violence, sexualized violence counsellors, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally. Articles & speaks free at: www.vikkireynolds.ca.

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