Becoming a Somatic Experience Practitioner is a significant financial investment for any practitioner, and for many groups, the training experience is not something that’s financially within reach. As the Edmonton Training team, we recognize that this is a social and political problem that needs to be addressed. In an act of reparation and reconciliation to the BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ communities in our region, we have initiated a scholarship to address this inequity. By awarding scholarships to support access for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ individuals, we are committed to creating a more equitable therapeutic landscape.
Research demonstrates that trust, safety, and connection in the therapeutic relationship are more easily established for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and LGBTQ2S+ individuals when the therapist shares their cultural and/or ethnic background. Considering this, making SE training more accessible to BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ practitioners will create more equitable access to treatment in our communities. This equitable access fund will support a few individuals to access the training and bring this important learning back to support those they work with.
If this is a cause that you identify with and would like to support, please consider giving a gift to the fund.