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According to Weeze


Mar 9, 2021

In this episode Weeze and Josh break down what it looks like to be on a healing journey, while Black. They talk about the history of violence toward Black and Brown folks in the psychological and psychiatric community, how this increases with identity intersections such as Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary, what it means to provide trauma informed care, why we hear that Black people don’t go to therapy, and how we can reclaim our healing journeys in ways that feel safe to us. 

 

ABOUT WEEZE

Louiza Doran, known and referred to as Weeze, is a cis-het Amazigh* female identifying human who uses she/her/they/them pronouns. She’s known as a coach, podcast host, advocate, agent of change, strategist and educator (to name a few) but is ultimately a compassionate provocateur that is out to help folks uncover their path of possibility.  

 

ABOUT JOSH ODAM

Josh Odam is a Trauma Informed Life Coach and the Founder and Curator of Healing While Black, an online platform devoted to normalizing conversations around mental health for Black and Indigenous queer, trans*, and gender non-conforming people. He understands his mental health is inextricably linked to anti-blackness and queerantagonism. His goal is to provide comprehensive and care for marginalized communities.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, WE TALK ABOUT

  • What it means to provide trauma informed care in the healing space.
  • The history of violence toward Black and Brown people in the psychological and psychiatric community.
  • Josh’s story with depression, a suicide attempt, and how Healing While Black, LLC was created.
  • Addressing the intersection of anti-Blackness and Queer, Trans, and Non-binary identities in the mental health field and how that impacts people.
  • The unlearning around mauraderism, exceptionalism, and making self-care a priority - because that’s what actually keeps you going.
  • Being honest about when you need help, when you need to cry, and 
  • Practicing Radical Softness as a way to reclaim our humanity. 
  • How liberation work is being confused with the idea that it’s our turn to oppress.
  • Healing is not a linear journey and it’s never finished. Everyone’s journey is different.

 

CALL TO ACTION

  • Follow all of Josh’s resources and get familiar with grassroots organizations.

 

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DDP133OTyJ0P0rvFMr5sh7Bo6AplD35t/view

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

Sunday Survivor Series - https://www.instagram.com/jewel_thegem

The Free Roots Project - https://thefreerootsproject.com

Decolonizing Therapy by Dr. Jennifer Mullan - https://www.drjennifermullan.com

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Dr. Reeda Walker - https://www.rheedawalkerphd.com/book

The Psychology of Blacks by Dr. Jospeh White - https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Blacks-Centering-Perspectives-Consciousness/dp/0131827731

Baldwin’s Second Generation - https://www.facebook.com/baldwins2ndgen/

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project - https://srlp.org

Radical Softness by Lora Mathis - http://www.loramathis.com

 

FOLLOW WEEZE TO STAY ENGAGED 

Website: https://www.accordingtoweeze.com

Instagram: @accordingtoweeze

The Academy (it’s like Patreon): https://www.accordingtoweeze.com/the-academy

FOLLOW JOSH ODAM TO STAY ENGAGED

Cashapp/Venmo: @healingwhileblack 

Patreon: Healingwhileblack

Website: Healingwhileblack.me

Twitter:@healingwhileblk

Instagram:@healingwhileblack

Clubhouse: Josh Odam