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Cultural Dominance: The View from Above

January 29 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

About the Workshop

Learning Objectives

❖ Examine the relationship between cultural traits and their unspoken values
❖ Learn descriptive, value-neutral terms for cultural traits
❖ Uncover White cultural values embedded in professional standards
❖ Recognize and support cultural resilience skills
❖ Practice techniques for deep listening across difference
❖ Build stamina for holding difficult emotions and unfamiliar experiences



This workshop will include: Learning vocabulary to describe Cultural Traits in a non-judgmental way, then examining the relationship between Cultural Traits and the unspoken Values that they embody. We then place these in a frame of Dominant Discourse, to see how Dominant White Culture can exclude and marginalize clients, families, and coworkers without conscious intent. This then opens the door to consider valid ways of being, values and cultural traits beyond the edges of the dominant lens. Participants will then examine their own professional standards documents to see what traits dominate the professional culture of behavioral health in this country. Finally we will compare their results to researched descriptions of the dominant US White Culture and White Supremacy Culture to reveal how whiteness is “baked in” to our ideas of “professionalism.” Throughout the workshop participants will practice together deep listening for “disconfirming facts,” i.e., life experiences, feelings and beliefs different from the listener’s. We will also use grounding and orienting techniques from Cultural Somatics, both to stay grounded in our own bodies and avoid Zoom fatigue, and as a tool for participants to use in their own practices.


About the Facilitator







Rie Algeo Gilsdorf, MS, MA

Rie Algeo Gilsdorf, MS, MA, is passionate about seeing and integrating the big picture.  She aspires to connect humans across distance and difference; to integrate mind and body, science and art, healing and change-making. With advanced degrees in Biology and Dance, Rie has an appreciation for the perceptions of the mind, heart and body, and the critical thinking and creativity they can provoke. Rie also integrates Systems Change, Social Presencing and Critical Race Theory to apply all of this to overcoming systemic racism on a personal, social and global level. Throughout her career Rie has worked with innovative schools, nonprofits and progressive faith communities to facilitate adult learning that develops capacity to achieve equity across race, gender, sexuality and ability as well as urban, suburban and rural cultures. Most recently she spent six years as part of the team at Courageous Conversation, learning how to engage productively in equity work as a white woman. She now provides racial equity seminars, coaching and consulting through Embody Equity.

Participants are saying:
“I can’t believe how much energy I have after this! I was feeling so Zoomed-out I almost didn’t want to come, but now I’m ready to roll again!” – Rachel, St. Paul, Minnesota
“Thank you for your unbelievable facilitation of today’s session. . . . you created and held an amazing space of trust, creativity and freshness.” – Dirk, Berlin, Germany
“Rie is a phenomenal teacher and facilitator of racial equity. She has helped to skillfully bring growth in the area of racial equity and combatting racism in all its forms to both my church community and school student body. She provides an important balance of challenge that moves participants along on their journey as advocates for racial justice and eliminating their own biases, in an environment that does not allow participants to get stuck in guilt or denial.”  – Kari, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Additional Information

  • CEU applications are pending for the boards of Behavioral Health & Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work.
  • Attendees are required to remain on video throughout the training process.
  • This is a Zoom workshop, and a unique link will be sent to each registrant following purchase.
  • Attendees must join the meeting using their personalized link, or the system will not recognize their attendance and they may not receive credit. 
  • Attendees should ensure they have access to a device with a camera and working microphone and speaker to attend this training. 
  • CEUs will be granted the week after the training following completion of a web-based survey and post-test. 
  • Refunds will not be granted unless this training is cancelled or rescheduled by the host agency.
  • Partial CEU Credits will not be granted. Attendees must complete the duration of the training to receive credit.

If you have questions about this training please email info@mncarepartner.com


January 29
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Minnesota CarePartner
(612) 289-5656

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


Content Appropriate for:

Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Professionals, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Clinical Trainees, Interns/Students, Skills Workers, General Population, Health Care Professionals, Direct Support Workers and Peer Support

Food Served


Continuing Education Units Pre-Approved for the Following:

Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, Board of Social Work and Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy

Continuing Education Unit Type

Cultural Diversity and General Education


Rie Algeo Gilsdorf


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