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Train the Trainer:
Strategies for Facilitating
Courageous Conversations on Race

August 29th-31st, 2023
8:30am-12:00pm PT / 11:30am-3:00pm ET
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Through engaging and interactive exercises, participants learn strategies and tips on how to successfully present sensitive information to a wide audience of learners. You will develop skills to take difficult conversations about race, privilege, and power to a deeper level and learn strategies for working with resistance.

Both experienced and novice trainers will develop their facilitation skills and gain tools for leading conversations on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. For this training to be effective you must have some awareness of your own biases, privileges, and internalized oppression, as well as basic knowledge of institutional and structural racism in the United States. The more personal work you have done to understand these issues, the more you will get out of this workshop as a facilitator.

The skills developed in this three-day intensive are valuable for individuals who want to further equity work in their communities. Organizations committed to instituting systemic change will benefit by sending a small group of employees who become internal trainers that can provide on-going professional development for staff.

This virtual three-half day workshop (August 29, 30, & 31, 8:30am-12:00pm) will give you the opportunity to practice applying the strategies in a variety of scenarios. Attendees must purchase a copy of Hollins and Govan's book Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and have it available to read and take notes during the training. This book is used instead of handouts.


Participants will…

  1. Gain tips for creating a welcoming environment.

  2. Learn ways to establish credibility and build relationships with participants.

  3. Identify your own triggers and learn strategies to engage people when they are triggered.

  4. Develop skills for handling common pitfalls and resistance.

  5. Improve your ability to address cultural tensions and conflict.

  6. Notice and address common expressions of white privilege in workshop dynamics.

And so much more...


Facilitators: Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. & Ilsa Govan, M.A.

Location: This event is virtual and the Zoom link will be emailed to participants.

Schedule: 8:30am-12:00pm PST each day


This workshop has been approved for the following Clock Hours and CEUs:​

  • 9.5 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our Provider number is #1975-369

  • 9.5 Clock Hours available for Washington State Certificated Teachers.


Pricing Information:​

  • Low Income or Student (a limited number of tickets are reserved for cash-poor, working-class and student participants): $75

  • Individual (these tickets are for individuals paying out of pocket for their own attendance): $400

  • Small Nonprofit and Public Sector: $500

  • Medium Nonprofit, Public Sector, and Small For-Profit Companies: $600

  • Large Nonprofit, Public Sector, and Medium For-Profit Companies: $700

  • Large For-Profit Companies: $800

*No refunds for any reason 7 days prior to the workshop, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague.*


​Other Important Information:

  • The purchase of your ticket covers your attendance to all three days of the workshop. Each workshop day will be from 8:30am-12:00pm PST and all attendees must be present for all three days.

  • We will send an email out a week before the workshop with information and suggested reading. If you are purchasing a ticket for someone else, please make sure to provide their email address. If you don't receive this email, reach out to Judy at

  • Given the challenges of talking about racism, everyone is required to have their video camera turned on during the workshop. If for some reason you are unable to do so, please contact us in advance.

If you would like to inquire about a private training for your organization,

please complete the Contact Us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

How is this different from our "Activities for Trainers" workshop?

The “Train the Trainer” workshop focuses on the art of effective facilitation in any setting and with any activity. Unlike the “Activities” workshop, you will not learn any particular lesson plans. In this workshop, you will receive our book, while the other workshop comes with a complementary flash drive with resources. If you’d like to purchase extra copies of our book or flash drive, please visit our Products page.

What People Are Saying...

Intense. Life-changing. Thought-provoking and thought-shifting.”

–Participant from Tacoma Public Schools

“Facilitation was superb and done in a way that allowed me to take away specific ideas for how to help my organization. Loved the story telling and personal examples.”

–Participant from Swedish Family Medicine

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