The Foundation is proud to have hosted the July 2020 virtual panel “Innervening: Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism.” As part of its “innervention” series, this informative and engaging panel of IFS leaders and professionals delved deep into how racism can be explained and addressed by using the IFS model of parts and Self and looking inwards.

By understanding our parts and collective traumas we can identify what creates these unwanted feelings and thoughts while also providing a roadmap to overcoming them. Using these concepts helps us explore ways towards self-improvement and behavior during times of racial tension. At one point the moderator posed the following question, “What parts have been most activated in your system today given the current events in the societal calls for greater racial equity and justice?” This is a question worth exploring for all of us who seek to grow and evolve as individuals AND for those of us seeking to be an ally and contribute to the larger conversation about racial justice and equality.

The panel consisted of moderator Requina Barnes (LICSW) and panelists Chris Burris (LCMHCS, LMFT), Fatimah Finney (LMHC), Nancy Sowell (MSW, LICSW), and Deran Young (LCSW). The Foundation is grateful for their involvement and rich insights. As Executive Director, Toufic Hakim, PhD, who produced this event stated, “This is the sort of dialogue and exploration that we must be having these days as our inner systems and societal systems get activated and traumatized again and again.” He added: “It’s high time for personal and societal healing and regeneration. A requisite step to that desired outcome is mustering the personal and collective courage to face reality, take stock in our history with all its blemishes, and own our missteps along the way, be they unconscious or deliberate, with deep compassion and humility.”

The November 2020 issue of OUTLOOK also features more information on this panel and its panelists, including a detailed summary of the entire conversation. A recording of the panel can be found on the Foundation’s YouTube Channel.