Minnesota Focused Panel Discussion: Sunday October 11, 2020

Transforming the Trauma of Oppression pt.3: Integrating AEDP in work with clients to help build community and create systemic change

Bonus (optional*) post-seminar panel discussion designed for Minnesota therapists, included with every “Wounds We Cannot See” registration.

Use the same ZOOM link used for Days 1 and 2 of the seminar.

  • AEDP is in the process of filing for 2.75 CE hours of Cultural Competence, Diversity and Ethics.

Sunday October 11, 2020 Agenda – Hours shown in USA Eastern time
10:00 am-10:15 am    Welcome and agenda
10:15 am-11:00 am    Review of content and implementation planning
11:00 am-12:00 pm   Panel Discussion with Minnesota providers
12:00 pm-1:00 pm    Post Panel discussion and questions


Transforming the Trauma of Oppression pt.3: Integrating AEDP in work with clients to help build community and create systemic change

A special workshop for the Minnesota community focused on implementing an anti-oppression approach with AEDP, including a panel discussion on how providers in Minnesota are working to build secure attachments in their communities in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and many other Black and Indigenous People of Color.

The recent murder of George Floyd in South Minneapolis and the subsequent uprising against the forces of oppression and white supremacy have shaken Minnesota to its core. For years, we have seen data demonstrate black Minnesotans experience greater wellness disparities compared to their white counterparts. Many in the professional helping field are working to counter the negative impact of oppression on individuals using the core tenets of AEDP – centering secure attachment, validating and affirming emotional experiences, and transforming helplessness into a radically actualized self.

This special Day 3 workshop and panel is open to all “Wounds We Cannot See” registrants but it is designed specifically for Minnesota clinicians. It will begin with a discussion among Minnesotans of the previous two days of training, focusing on how therapists are, or will be, integrating anti-oppression and AEDP skills into their work in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and many other Black and Indigenous People of Color in Minnesota. After this, our AEDP faculty presenter, Ben Medley, and a diverse panel of Minnesota providers will discuss how they are working to build secure attachments with their communities, explicitly offer deep caring in the face of adversity, and transform distress into empowerment and advocacy.

Attendants of this special Day 3 workshop will be able to:

  • Identify 2-4 culturally specific mental health providers in Minnesota and how they do their work.
  • Describe non-Eurocentric modalities of forming healing relationships and working to connect with core affect.
  • Identify their own stress and distress related to oppressive forces and work to transform them into core affective experiences.
  • Understand the importance of self-regulation in order to hear the pain, stress, and distress of oppressed communities in order to undo their aloneness.

Meet the Panelists:


Bethany Gehman, M.Ed., an AASECT certified sexuality educator, has more than seven years of experience in providing sexuality education and professional training. She is currently working as Deaf, DeafBlind, & Hard of Hearing Education Program Manager at Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethany provides sexual health education for people of all ages, conducts professional training, and promotes affirming and comprehensive sexuality education in Deaf K-12 residential programs. She also conducts sexuality interpreting training in order for interpreters to provide better access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened communities. She strives to connect with the community through her videos and interactions through her workshops / training. Advocacy and education cannot happen without genuine connections. Learn more about Bethany at bethanygehman.com.

Muna Mohamed, MA, LPCC, has been working in the mental health field for the past 8 years. She is a firm believer that, with the right guidance, each individual is capable of reaching their potential and actualizing their best self. Known for her empathic approach and insightful feedback, the modalites Muna uses are cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered approach, strength-based, play-therapy, internal family systems, and narrative therapy. She also uses a culturally responsive approach to incorporate the client’s cultural background and uniqueness.

Muna’s areas of focus are trauma with a special emphasis on intergenerational and racial trauma, women’s issues, identity, SPMI (severe and persistent mental illness), and the unique challenges that come with being a refugee or an immigrant. She also speaks Arabic and Somali. Muna is deeply committed to serving marginalized and under-served communities while striving to provide exceptional therapeutic services. She is always honored when clients entrust her to be part of their healing journey.

Connie Rhodes, BA, affectionately known as the Peace Promoter, is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Psychology. While at the University of Chicago, she had the honor to complete advanced studies with experiential psychotherapy pioneer Dr. Eugene Gendlin. During her time with him she developed her client centered therapy approach and learned the art of focusing and imagery. Connie has attended and been part of countless trainings spanning over 25 years. Her vast experience in the social service arena includes her humble college days of helping at risk youth, her 16 years at BUILD Inc. where she worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, and her work in Minneapolis helping young victims of gun violence. In 2019, she attended training by Jerry Lamagna, MSW, LCSW in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for the treatment of complex trauma. Earlier this year she collaborated with Mary Androff, MD to train her staff in using elements of AEDP for community healing. Connie is the founder and executive director of Restoration Incorporated, a premier faith-based human service agency. She is the lead consultant for Culturally Competent Consulting, helping corporations with their diversity, equity and inclusion needs. Connie was a pioneer staff of Next Step, an innovative and effective hospital-based violence prevention program that serves youth ages 10 to 28 who are victims of a violent penetrating injury. She uses AEDP modalities to help bring healing and decrease aloneness for marginalized communities, such as in her role as a certified Circle Keeper. Her specialities include trauma informed care, youth violence prevention and cultural competency. Connie has received awards from the Cook County Probation Department for her work with young women, the City of Minneapolis Local Public Health Hero Award with the Next Step team, and the 2017 Amy Aim Humanitarian Award from ILCC for her work impacting youth in our community. She is an advocate for restoring peace and hope in our communities via her strong faith in God.

Jan Weber, LICSW, Oglala Lakota and lineal descendant from Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, has a private practice in Bloomington, Minnesota and is a community activist with people of culture in the Twin Cities.

Jan works with racialized trauma and identity, serves military personnel with complex trauma, partners with women recovering from domestic abuse and teams with youth victimized by sex trafficking. Additional work includes recovery work from traumatic and dysfunctional systems for individuals, specific work with functional health with folks struggling with chronic and complex health issues, and grief work for individuals and families experiencing complex loss. This therapist explores Decolonized trauma treatment which works with transgenerational soul wounds. This work utilizes indigenous notions of wellness and holistic health that are embedded with cultural knowledge and grounded in indigenous worldviews. Training in AEDP, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Somatic/Mindfulness, and many forms of Indigenous healing methods are used.