Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop with the Second Story Project, A Virtual Talk

Friday, January 21, 2022
and Friday, January 28, 2022
12:00-2 PM CST via Zoom

In this virtual presentation, Second Story Project members Ernest Patterson, Anne Slater and Chad Kalland will work to create a safe space where participants can courageously share their stories and acknowledge each other’s experiences, opening a dialogue to create a new story together.

About the Presentation:
As human beings, we all desire love and connection. However, we are often so focused on our own beliefs and experiences that we forget to open our mind to the stories of others. Through this two-day virtual, experiential presentation, speakers Ernest Patterson, Anne Slater and Chad Kalland of The Second Story Project will set the stage for participants to courageously share their own story and social conditioning, learn to honor each other’s differences without dismissing their views and keep an open mind, creating an honest dialogue where we can learn from each other and move forward together. Following this complimentary, two-session talk, clinicians will have the option of earning 4 Continuing Education credits upon successful completion of a course evaluation.

About the Presenters:
The Second Story Project is based on the concept that everyone’s story is both different and equally valid. Their goal is to bring people together through love and connection, bridging the gap by sharing and acknowledging each other’s unique experiences and social conditioning.

Ernest Patterson, MS, LCDC is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor at Ethos Behavioral Health Group with a Master’s in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University and nearly 20 years of experience helping individuals struggling with addiction. Ernest is a recipient of The Houston Chapter TAAP counselor of the Year award and the Elves Smith Counselor of the Year award of Texas and works as a Full Leader for the organization The Mankind Project, helping create space for men to transform their lives and become the best versions of themselves. Prior to his career in social work, Ernest’s passion for sports brought him to the National Basketball Association, where he played for the Chicago Bulls in 1983 and moved on to play professionally in Brazil for 13 years.

Anne Slater, LCSW-S is a social worker, therapist and committed racial justice advocate in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys collaborating with others to build relationships that are equitable and provide the sense of belonging all humans need. With a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia and four years of training in couple and family therapy, her experience ranges from working with adjudicated youth in Brooklyn, New York to directing clinical services for nonprofits to starting her own practice. At home, Anne is also a wife and mom.