Central Coast Chapter


NOTE:  Unless otherwise indicated, our meetings and workshops are held at:

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2201 Lawton Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA  93401

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Upcoming events

    • Thu, July 08, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thu, September 23, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 12 sessions
    • your computer, iPad or phone
    • 5

    Commencing in July 2021  we're excited to once again offer the 10-week workshop series Witnessing Whiteness based on the book of the same name by Shelley Tochluk and integrating some of the exercises included in Resmaa Menakem's My Grandmother's Hands

    Witnessing Whiteness (WW) groups are white people coming together to engage in personal work around racism in a supportive, courageous, non-threatening setting. It is about learning to speak about race and racism, exploring white privilege, and practicing allying with sisters and brothers of color. WW groups are designed for individuals who identify as white.

    The work of WW groups draws on the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk. The book has nine chapters and while group sessions draw on the book, the work is about participants’ own lives, not textual analysis. During group meetings, participants consider their own lives in light of what they are learning through individual reflection as well as exercises that occur in dyads, triads, and the entire group.

    The WW groups strive to:

    • Create spaces where individuals who identify and experience the world as white persons can gain additional information, practice, scholarship, and insight into creating a more just and equitable world;
    • Invite participants into a community of other white people committed to positive change in their lives, workplace, and region;
    • Provide a loving and healing atmosphere to learn about and grow in understanding and skills in one of the most difficult topics in our country: race;
    • Gain understanding of the intersections of race and systems;
    • Encourage advocacy, collaboration, and strategies for change while increasing knowledge;
    • Build knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices
    • Understand and practice interrupting racism, develop skills to act as agents of change.

    Structure and Logistics:

    Karen Rogers, MFT #44124 will guide the group through ten 1.5-hour sessions over approximately 10 weeks—one week for each chapter of the book plus one to reflect on the whole and look forward. It is understood that some participants will likely miss one or more sessions, but it is important to commitment to the group process and attend as often as possible.

    The group is scheduled to begin on July 8th, 2021 and meet on Thursday evenings of every week from 6 to 7:30PM.  Please note that although the dates appear to indicate 12 weeks instead of 10, additional weeks are in case of class cancellation (illness or holiday).

    The meetings will take place via Zoom. Login information will be sent prior to the beginning of the first session.  Login will begin 15 minutes early the first evening to take care of business and to familiarize participants with Zoom.

    Participants are required to purchase the book ahead of the workshop.  HERE is a link to purchase the book.  Be certain to order the 2d edition.  You can also search online for used books.  While you may purchase the book in Kindle format, I do not recommend that you do so.  You will want to write in your books and be able to refer to it during class. 

    HERE is a clip from a WW class (although please recognize that this was an in-person class and the format has been shifted to accommodate online learning).

    We are offering a limited number of scholarships.  If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please write a brief statement about why you are interested in participating and how you hope to apply the information they learn personally/professionally.

    Registration is limited to 12 people so if you are interested please register as soon as possible.

    Upon completion of the workshop series and the evaluation participants will be eligible for up to 15 CEUs on the subject of racial justice. 

    Proceeds from this workshop series will be donated to local non-profits addressing racial equality and anti-racism.

    Contact Karen with questions: or 805-234-5998

    • Fri, August 27, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Your computer or iPad


    for Mental Health Practitioners

    (6 CEU’s available)

    Friday August 27th, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Location:  via Zoom on your computer / device

    Presented by Leslie Bullock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, #29236, RYT, TCTSY-F

    Course Description:  Through Power Point lecture combined with brief experiential embodiment practices, this workshop is designed to provide therapists and other mental health practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of both individual and societal / systemic trauma, with greater emphasis on individual trauma.  Participants will learn about the neurobiology of individual trauma, the critical role of the nervous system in trauma responses and trauma healing, the difference between Complex trauma and PTSD and the importance of embodiment in trauma recovery and integration.  Participants will also learn essential aspects of being a trauma- informed mental health practitioner.

    Registered participants must have access to Zoom and will receive a Zoom link at registration.  There will be two 10 minute breaks, an hour break for lunch, and opportunities for questions.  Embodiment practices can be done from a chair or standing, and require minimal movement.

    Learning objectives:

    1.     You will gain a comprehensive understanding of individual and societal / systemic trauma and how embodiment can help support trauma healing.

    2.     You will learn how trauma effects the brain, autonomic nervous system and memory processing.

    3.     You will be able to identify six core elements of trauma healing and recovery.

    4.     You will learn a range of embodiment practices to use with clients.

    5.     You will learn essential aspects of trauma-informed mental health practice.

    Leslie Bullock is approved by the CCC-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s. LCSW’s, LEP’s, LPCC’s, associates of the preceding categories and students. Leslie Bullock maintains responsibility for this course and its content.  This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of Continuing Education units as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, for those listed above. This is a live online event and will not be recorded.


    Registration with CEU’s: $85.00          Registration without CEU’s: $65.00        

    Register at the REGISTER HERE tab at 

    Questions welcome:

    Presenter Bio:  Leslie Bullock, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Luis Obispo. Leslie specializes in treating individuals with Complex Trauma, PTSD, relational /attachment trauma and trauma-related stress. Her focus is the centrality of the mind / body connection, the wisdom of the body and somatic-based treatment for trauma healing. Leslie is a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive yoga (TCTSY) facilitator and a Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) practitioner through the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI).  She is currently a mentor for the Prison Yoga Project’s Yoga and Mindfulness Immersion virtual program at the California Men’s Colony.  Before establishing her private practice 15 years ago, Leslie worked as a medical social worker, hospice social worker and school social worker in Fresno, CA, and an English teacher and refugee resettlement counselor in refugee camps in Panat Nikhom, Thailand.


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Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 12723, San Luis Obispo, CA  93406
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