At Live Oak, we recognize the consequences of privilege, oppression, discrimination, and stigma, and therefore practice psychotherapy, consultation, and training that affirms the value of difference. In responding to systems of marginalization, people and communities often cope in ways that magnify feelings of shame, low self-esteem, and disconnection. Our affirmative and inclusive approach is based on an understanding of an integrative change process and therefore provides our clients with opportunities to reduce the disintegrating effects of power and privilege to promote self- actualization, and integration. We emphasize the extent to which growth and connection are enhanced more from our differences than from our similarities.
The Wingspan Project (TWP)is a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission to make mental health and related services available to underserved, marginalized, and/or disenfranchised people through organizational and individual capacity building. They are most notably dedicated to supporting services to people who have experienced discrimination and stigma and to those whose identities are particularly vulnerable to systems of oppression. What makes TWP unique is that the organization does not provide any direct client services. Instead, TWP is committed to helping individuals and organizations optimize services to underrepresented and underserved communities through a variety of initiatives, including the Valuing Difference Awards.
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Graduate Student Award
One graduate student will be selected for an award in the amount of $2,500.
Students currently enrolled or about to begin graduate programs in any of the following disciplines: Social Work, Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Psychology, or a related field. The intention of this award is to encourage and support new clinicians who are aligned with the values described above and plan to implement them in their practice.
Community Activism and Achievement Award
One community activist will be selected for an award in the amount of $2,500.
Persons actively engaged in community activism, organizing, advocacy, or support. The intention of this award is to encourage and support activists, organizers, advocates, and other support people who are aligned with the values described above and plan to implement them in their work.
Please visit The Wingspan Project’s website for more information and to submit your application.