On August 12, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the death of a young woman. On October 7, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched again in Charlottesville. Richard Spencer, a leader in the movement, has announced continued demonstrations.
This year we have seen countless acts of violence and hate speech directed at many marginalized communities. Some of these acts specifically targeted Jewish communities, such as the desecration of Jewish graveyards. Many others targeted Muslims, immigrants, people of color, queer and trans people, and other communities — communities that intersect with and touch our complex and layered Jewish selves.
Through our work in the Puget Sound’s Jewish community, we have seen this news triggers a complex series of emotions and anxieties. Many Jews carry within our bodies the impact of historical trauma our ancestors experienced and passed down. Many are overwhelmed and frightened as they witness an active form of anti-Semitism for the first time in their lives. Many are also deeply triggered by the attacks on other marginalized groups, whether or not we ourselves are also part of these communities. For many of us, these are deeply difficult times.
To help people build resilience during this complex moment, Counseling & Addiction Services (CAS) is offering Navigating Turbulent Times. CAS Lead Therapist Danica Bornstein will co-facilitate this six-week counseling group that aims to help people process through their trauma-related reactions, find community with one another and come together during these difficult times.
You can learn more about Danica’s point of view by reading her personal response to the events in Charlottesville.
To learn more or register for the group, contact us.
Navigating Turbulent Times begins November 2, 2017.
By Liz Coleclough
Director of Counseling & Addiction Services and Project DVORA Domestic Violence Services