Decolonizing Therapy for Black Folks


a Kindred Wellness® Program 


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A virtual learning experience where you will explore the colonial foundation of the mental health profession, uncover ways to help Black folks heal from race-based trauma and gain access to the tools needed to provide therapy that liberates.

On-demand access to 8 pre-recorded lectures, readings and reflective activities to explore on your own time. Get 12-month access to the Therapy That Liberates learning community.

Transform what you do, how you do it and who you do it with.

500+ Practitioners Trained

200+ Members-Only Learning Community

What You'll Learn

In Module 1, Whitewashed Wellness, the colonial foundation of the mental health and human service sector in the United States.

In Module 2, History of Black Healing + Resistance, how Black folks healed themselves through enslavement and how their collective fight is relevant to the African American health today.

In Module 3, Creating Space for Black Queer and Trans Folx (w/ Randall Leonard, LCSW-C), insight around Black SOGIES (Sexual orientations, Gender Identities, and Expressions) people and gain a foundation for its unique history, terminology, and culture. Explore how colonization has assisted in the erasure of Black Queer identities and how systemic oppression has implemented barriers that maintained health disparities for this community.

In Module 4, Modern Mental Health Needs of Black Folks, the present day implications of historical trauma and demystify mental health challenges prevalent in the Black community to include race-based trauma, internalized oppression, racial battle fatigue and suicide.

In Module 5, Black Thought in Psychology and Social Work, the insight, theories and practices of Black scholar trailblazers in the mental health field. 

In Module 6, Liberation-Focused Healing Framework, the major tenets of liberation-focused healing, why each is important and what steps should be taken to apply the concepts in clinical practice.

In Module 7, Healing and Raising Critical Consciousness, how to apply the framework in client scenarios; treatment planning, treatment modalities and processing. We will discuss how to move from crisis to the development of critical consciousness in a client.

In Module 8, Locating Self as Practitioner, what it takes to embody these concepts to heal yourself so you can hold space for your client's healing.

You Get Therapy That Liberates Community Membership! 

Community cultivation is a necessity for radical transformation and reimagining a new path ahead. Decolonial works are futile without connection and accountability. When you invest in this learning journey, membership to our learning community is included for 12 months. This is how we move beyond intellectualizing toward embodiment. 

Sample of Topics Explored: Black Liberation and Food Sovereignty, Stepping into Space Holding Through Ancestral Connection, Injected Fatphobia in Black Communities, Exploring Anti-Capitalism in Praxis, and more...

 Affinity Group Space & Community Building

We understand that radical change happens from a basis of collective growth, accountability and connection.

Monthly Lectures & Study Sessions

Engage in study, healing circles and insight from special guests to raise our consciousness and shift our praxis. (Replays included.)

Feature on the Therapy That Liberates Directory

Practitioners that successfully complete the training and Growth Assessment are featured in a directory for community.

What Folks are Saying ...

I have learned so much more about how to help my Black clients heal than I ever did in grad school and have gained so much from the community that Shawna cultivates through the training as well. I would encourage all my colleagues to take this training so we can continue to move towards the healing and liberation of Black people.

Zoë Carter-Woodbridge, Cohort 3

This training is a must for all White-identified clinicians. If you are looking for guidance in how to work with Black folx and Non-Black folx of color in a way that uplifts their experience and limits harm, this is it.

Matthew Spector, Cohort 2

This training was the best professional and personal development training I've ever attended so far in my career. Being a black woman, navigating the clinical space can be both challenging and frustrating when you recognize the drawbacks of what you learned in school and how it perpetuates colonial and oppressive ideals. This training not only acknowledged that challenge, it also provided a creative and innovative framework for how to change the stuck and frustrating feelings and therefore changing how you service the folks you work with. It was dope! And if you are not afraid to question everything you know about yourself and your perspective-then you are coming to the right place!

Grace Moore, Cohort 1

 Secure Your Seat 

  • On-demand access to all 8 pre-recorded lectures in the Decolonizing Therapy for Black Folk Training for 10 months (valued at $1,000)
  • 12 Month Membership in the Therapy That Liberates Learning Community (valued at $900)
  • Invitation to be featured in the Therapy That Liberates Directory (valued at $300)
  • Eligible for 13 Category II Continuing Education Units sponsored by the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education (additional fee, see below for details)

We use a tiered pricing model. Tiered pricing allows us to acknowledge that we are not all coming to this work from the same economic position. Tiered pricing allows us to take a step back from the capitalist mindset that would seek to commodify this work, strike bargains and leave behind those who are not as steadily resourced. It also offers a way for resources to flow where they are needed, so that we can bring this work forward together. **See FAQs for "Scholarship info**

Pay-It-Forward Rate


or 3 Payments of 533.34

This Tier:

Is generous and supports those who are not able to pay the standard rate

A portion of this contribution will be passed on to a participant via our Community Accessibility Fund

Standard Rate


or 3 Payments of $400

This Tier:

Represents our sustainable amount and honors the labor of many to hold, and create this liberatory journey 

What Folks are Saying ...

Robert "Bobby" Marvin Holmes, LMSW

Cohort 1, July 2020

Jess Wynn-Grant, ASW

Cohort 3, January 2021

CeShaun Hankins, LCSW

Cohort 3, January 2021

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About Your Instructor


Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C of Kindred Wellness

Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is a liberation-focused healing practitioner, integrative psychotherapist, QiGong instructor and consultant. Countless hours at the feet of her elders and over 11 years of clinical experience serving Baltimore's Black women, children and change-makers, she has been uniquely poised as a sought after expert in going beyond racial equity and centering community healing. She is a lifelong learner in abolition and decolonial praxis.

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