List of Workshop Offerings
PJI's workshops are designed to provide people with tools for engaging in difficult conversations, empathy, listening, perspective taking and relationship building. The tools and techniques allow participants to learn self-governing practices that cultivate and strengthen a healthy and accountable workplace culture centered on inclusive excellence.
- Principles for How We Treat Each Other
Skilled communication and inter-cultural competence are vital to our workplace, interpersonal relations and national discourse. How We Treat Each Other provides people with effective tools for engaging in difficult conversations, empathetic listening, perspective taking and relationship building. This workshop invites participants to place story telling at the center of their work in order to develop authentic and meaningful relationships. Through the utilization of the principles and their practices we increase our capacity to be peace builders. Participants will learn how to ask open and honest questions; how to listen deeply and how to effectively engage in self- reflection and self-disclosure.
- Conversations in Inclusiveness
In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to a set of tools to help them engage in reflective practice and intercultural communication in order to create inclusive excellence in the work environment. Participants will engage in experiential exercises, dialogue, and work with The Principles for How We Treat Each Other. Participants will be introduced to the idea of unconscious bias and be given opportunities in a safe setting to temporarily put aside their own perspectives in order to listen non-judgmentally to the experiences of others. With these new tools in hand, participants will improve their interpersonal relationships, the work environment, and develop practices of respect and community building.
- Understanding Human Sexuality & Inclusion
This workshop will help participants to navigate conversations around human sexuality - particularly LGBTQ+ expressions within their community, organization or congregation. The workshop creates a safe space for participants to risk sharing life experiences that shaped them in relation to sexual identity and inclusion. Across the nation, people of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which discussions about race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and culture are at the forefront of their everyday lives. Many people avoid these discussions because they fear that conversations on the topics may lead to feelings of anger, guilt, discomfort, sadness, and at times, disrespect. This workshop invites participants to explore methods to discuss this topic beyond shame and blame.
- Reflective Practice and Emotional Intelligence
In this workshop, participants explore the meaning of a reflective practice and obtain tools for greater self-knowledge, practical ways to receive and provide feedback through the theory of emotional intelligence by using the Principles for How We Treat Each Other to create a compassionate, nonviolent, hospitable and respectful workplace. As the pace of the world increases and our environment makes more and more demands on our cognitive, emotional, reflective resources, emotional intelligence and reflective practice are increasingly critical skillsets for leadership success. Through a multi-media presentation with skill-building exercises and group discussion, this course provides participants with the opportunity to identify their own challenges in maintaining positive environments and collaborative relationships as well as overcoming resistance and negativity.
- Working with Conflict
It’s common to see conflict as a negative, but what if you were able to turn conflict into a win-win? Starting from the premise that everyone looks at conflict in a unique way, this workshop offers a transformative approach to working with conflict as a potential for positive change. Organizational cultures that view conflict as an opportunity are better poised to maximize the benefits of their diverse workforce. In this course, participants will learn about the components, roles and needs active in conflict, identify their own conflict style, and be introduced to conflict resolution practices for the purpose of more productive and positive outcomes. Participants will engage in various exercises, including role-play for the purpose of integrating these skills into a working knowledge.
- Servant Leadership: Activating the Principles
In this culminating workshop, participants will pull together the knowledge, skills and practices learned over the course of the PJI Leadership Academy and put them into practice through role-play. Using real life conflict scenarios from the workplace, participants will work in groups to analyze the scenarios, consider common pitfalls of leaders in the field, and explore more positive approaches to the conflict. Integrating emotional intelligence, reflective practice, positive conflict navigation skills and the Principles for How We Treat Each Other, leaders will consider the new set of tools in their toolkits to navigate conflict they face daily in their leadership role at work.
- Waking Up to Our Shared Humanity
In the workshop, facilitators share the stories of their unique paths of racial identity development and the powerful changes it brought to their lives. These stories invite participants to consider how a deep exploration of identity, be it through the lenses of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic class might transform one’s life.
From hearing the story, and reflecting on one’s self, the workshop offers Principles for How We Treat Each Other, practices of respect and community building that facilitate honest dialogue among us. The Principles encourage participants to listen deeply, suspend judgment, and turn to wonder, among other personal practices for self- awareness and interpersonal communication. The Principles create a setting for deep listening and honest sharing. When used over time, the Principles lay the foundation for a culture that supports reflective practice and provide communication tools that strengthen relationships with staff and leadership.
- Understanding Bias
Much has been said recently about the new science of bias. Are you aware of your hidden bias and how it affects you? Learn about the emerging science of implicit bias, along with strategies and tools to skillfully navigate Implicit Bias, Fundamental Attribution Error, and Confirmation Bias. Participants will be given opportunities in a safe setting to temporarily put aside their own perspectives in order to listen non- judgmentally to the experiences of others. With these new tools in hand, participants will learn to identify and minimize the impact of bias, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop practices of respect and community building.
- Conversations on Race
This workshop invites participants to discuss the topic of race and how it affects each of us in our daily lives as we consider action steps to help us move forward together toward more equitable communities. Issues of implicit bias, stereotypes, micro-aggressions, privilege, oppression (the “isms”) frame the learning. Addressing one of the hidden histories in our community, red-lining, creates new awareness about systemic racism and helps frame the learning. Experiential exercises reinforce the learning. Self-awareness and awareness of others’ diversity dimensions are a key component.
- Understanding Privilege
In this session, participants gain an understanding of what is meant by privilege (unearned advantage) and explore multiple areas of privilege, including white privilege. The scholarship Dr. Peggy McIntosh will inform our understanding of privilege and privilege systems. The workshop teaches that all people experience unearned privilege as well as disadvantages and allows people space and time to share personal stories in a disarming and safe environment. The workshop creates a safe space for participants to risk sharing life experiences that shaped them in relation to race and systems of privilege and disadvantage. The telling of personal stories supports an authentic transformation of self and strengthens relationships. Honoring every story and treating each other with dignity and respect are modeled in this safe environment.
- Family Conversations on Race
Across the nation, people of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which discussions about race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and culture are at the forefront of their everyday lives. Many families avoid these discussions because they fear that conversations about race, bias, and racism may lead to feelings of anger, guilt, discomfort, sadness, and at times disrespect. Moving beyond shame and blame, this workshop invites participants to explore methods to discuss this topics within the families and personal spheres of influence. Identifying points of action and commitment to create positive change in the family structure will be an important component of the workshop.
- Moving into Action: Activating the Principles
This workshop is offered exclusively as the “culminating workshop” in a training series as participants will pull together the knowledge, skills and practices learned over the course of the series and put them into practice through role- play. Using real life conflict scenarios from the community, participants will work in groups to analyze the scenarios, consider common pitfalls of addressing these conflicts, and explore more positive approaches. Integrating reflective practice and the Principles for How We Treat Each Other, participants will consider the new set of tools in their toolkits to navigate the challenges they face daily in their faith, community and spheres of influence.
- Resilience Film Screening & Forum
This workshop provides the perfect entry way into the important topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress and resilience. In this workshop, we screen the 1-hour award winning film Resilience and build in time throughout for reflection, facilitated dialogue, and invitations to learn more. While the film provides the foundation for understanding the biology of toxic stress and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), participants are given tools for dialogue in a safe setting to discuss the film content as it relates to their life experience and the community. Participants will use the Principles for How We Treat Each Other to listen deeply, suspend judgement of others, and engage in self-reflection and self-disclosure. With these new tools in hand, participants will develop practices of respect and community building. The goal of the workshop is to build a resilient community, moving from trauma to healing.
- Leadership and Resilience: Tapping Into Our Source
Now, more than ever, leadership matters. Developing and practicing resilience allows us to thrive in the workplace. This workshop introduces participants to the neuroscience of toxic stress and provides steps individuals can take to self-regulate during times of extreme uncertainty, including practicing mindfulness and the Principles for How We Treat Each Other. Learning to tune into both physical and emotional cues provides wisdom to navigate and lead during these challenging times.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 101
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress and the brain. Additionally, we will touch on Adverse Community Experiences that, when paired with Adverse Childhood Experiences, have been referred to as the "Pair of ACEs" by George Washington University's Center for Community Resilience. This workshop will also discuss strategies to promote individual healing and resilience.
- Trauma & Healing: Supporting our Youth
PJI now offers Trauma & Healing Workshops focused on individuals who support, interact with, and care for youth who have experienced trauma. These workshops create a space of mutual support and conversation while also educating participants about the science of trauma and the brain, how to identify signs of trauma in a young person, and how to support the child in a way that promotes resilience and healing.
- PJI Healing Circles
With the grief and uncertainty that surrounds us due to the current racial terror tragedies and the impact of the global pandemic, PJI now offers Healing Circles to build resilience within organizations and offer a space for connection. These facilitated Healing Circles are a safe spaces for conversation, designed to remove blaming and shaming and to welcome honest, open sharing of our personal experiences, struggles, and triumphs. Human connection and having a community of support are significant ways to build resilience in the individuals that serve our organizations each day.
- First Responders: Fire Leadership Development
This two-day workshop for Fire Leadership fosters a culture of inclusive excellence in the firehouses with the following outcomes:
- Cultivating a desire within leadership to create a welcoming and affirming work environment for all firefighters and employees
- Practicing the Principles for How We Treat Each Other as tools of respect and community building
- Using appreciative inquiry and reflective practice to assess strengths and challenges within the firehouses and department
- Developing leadership through the introduction and exploration of emotional intelligence, trauma healing and resilience, and conflict navigation skills for leaders
- Applying the learning through scenarios
- Respectful and Assertive Policing
This workshop is designed to help police officers acquire the values and behaviors necessary to improve the quality of interpersonal interactions, thus strengthening police-community relations. The incidents that create headlines capture the public’s attention and shape perceptions of the police, but the real impact of police action occurs at the interpersonal level, each time an officer has contact with the public. The goal of this workshop is to improve the quality of every interaction the police have with the public. The police engage in millions of interactions each day; by improving the quality of every contact, the police build trust, strengthen their legitimacy, and become more effective public servants.
- Our Community Speaks (Originally Orlando Speaks)
Orlando Speaks was established to create a safe space for dialogue where authentic voices come together to share stories, fears, and concerns, with an eye toward finding common ground among two groups that often struggle together - police and citizens. We now offer "Our Community Speaks", which is a series of interactive workshops that utilizes innovative communication strategies to foster ongoing citizen engagement and conversation between residents, the City and the local Police Department to better serve and celebrate the community's diversity. Workshops are custom designed so as to be timely and meet local community needs.
- Custom Workshops
PJI always strives to deliver workshops that are authentic, timely and highly relevant to our clients and partners. Our team can work directly with your organization to customize an online or in person workshop or a training series that can meet the specific needs of your organization or team.