Here's the Answer
It’s a trauma-informed approach to stop racist behaviors.
Who am I?
I’m a feminist therapist that specializes in the psychology of racism.
Why do I focus on the psychology of racism?
Racism is a behavior that can be changed.
There is a myth that racism is a life-long issue that cannot be stopped, but this isn’t true. Like all behaviors, racism is a behavior that can be changed. People are capable of change, but they need effective solutions to change. I created the Racist Signature Method as a solution to address racist behavior.
April Harter inspires, models, challenges, evokes the best in us by being the best. As an anti-racism coach, she takes a unique approach of making something so global and overwhelming as racism into the most personal and intimate journey for her clients. My experience, as one of her clients, can’t really be put into adequate words. The closest I can come up with is: with her guidance and challenges, I am starting to see glimmers of the person I have always wanted to be.
Janna Phillips | LMFT, LCSW, LAC
I am shocked by how much I’m learning here already. I wholeheartedly did not expect to have this many breakthroughs in my behaviour and racist patterns so fast!! April’s weekly prompts and questions dig deep – I’ve even been able to uncover memories from my childhood which I lost due to trauma. I really believe I’m closer to getting to the heart of my racist patterns. I’m learning a lot about myself and also my close relationships with POC. April always says that anti-racism work is personal work and she is right! I’m discovering how my upbringing, trauma and mental health have moulded my racist signature patterns and how these patterns of behaviour actually dictate how I react negatively to other situations in my life when I’m triggered. This is truly a journey of healing on so many levels and I am grateful to be in April’s safe hands as I learn.
The very idea that all I had to do to get rid of my inherent racism was work on myself. I thought I know how to do that. I was thinking that I had to become an activist and change the world. Who knows what will happen later but I no longer have to look outside myself for something to fix anymore. I learned through this network that I cannot protect POC from racism. What I can do is learn about myself. That is within my control. I can learn about my racist signature patterns which helps me to stop acting out in racist ways and that is incredibly empowering.