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Discovery Tours offers a unique experience encompassing intriguing social justice topics from around the world.   We open our doors to world and life learners interested in expanding their world view. 

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Microagressions:

What are they and what can we do about them?

Exploring or Exploited?:

The Exchange Between Money & Sex

Suicidality  and Depression:

Risks, Prevention, and Treatment

Crisis Negotiation

Strategies for negotiating a crisis incident

MICROAGRESSION:

Topic

What are they and what can we do about them?

This interactive talk will define microaggression and its physical, social, and psychological effects. Further discussion will focus on strategies to reduce microaggressions and their impact. Will involve lecture plus group discussion. Suitable for anyone with an interest in microaggression, including students and professionals.

Instructor
Who is this for?

Life Learners and professionals seeking continuing education credits. 

What you will learn: 
  1. Understand the definition and nature of microaggressions.

  2. Identify the many costs of microaggressions to our physical and mental health, and society at large.

  3. Recognize the many ways in which we, and others perpetuate microaggressions.

 
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Topic

Exploring or Exploited?:

The Exchange Between Money & Sex

Explore what ethical Sex Work means in a world that often frowns on “the oldest profession.”  Experts in Sex Work and Human Trafficking discuss the history, motivations, legality, choice, and consent amongst modern-day Sex Workers.  Understand the role you can play in addressing this complex and pervasive issue in the U.S., North America, and around the world.

Instructors

Julia Schiffman M.S.W.

Andrew Pari L.C.S.W., C.C.T.P.

Who is this for?

 Anyone with an interest/minimal knowledge base in Sex Trafficking.  Anyone who wants to learn what role they can play in support and policy, and also professionals who want to receive continuing education.

What you will learn: 
  1. Participants will learn the definitions for Sex Work & Trafficking.

  2. Participants will gain knowledge on Sex Worker history.

  3. Participants will gain knowledge of 3 types of social policy addressing decriminalization. 

  4. Participants will gain knowledge on resources & organizations involved in Sex Work.

  5. Participants will gain knowledge on how they can become involved and support Sex Work resources & policy.

 
Topic

SUICIDALITY AND DEPRESSION: 

Risks, Prevention, and Treatment

This course examines suicidality and depression, specifically delineating indicators, risk factors, warning signs, and factors that increase resiliency.  Preventative measures and essentials of treatment are explored and explained. 

Instructor
Who is this for?

Anyone who wants to learn about depression or feelings associated with suicidality, as well as those interested in helping loved ones and friends who are suffering from prolonged or severe depression. This course is also for professionals.

What you will learn: 
  1. Participants will learn of recent data describing the vastness of suicidality as a public health crisis. 

  2. Participants will gain knowledge of signs of depression.

  3. Participants will learn the various indicators of suicidality.

  4. Participants will gain knowledge of specific risk factors that increase tendencies toward suicide.

  5. Participants will gain an understanding of preventative measures that can be implements to reduce suicide risk.

  6. Participants will gain knowledge about treatment of depression and those with suicidal ideation.

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Crisis Negotiation

This course examines strategies for negotiating a crisis incident.  It focuses on communication techniques, as well as understanding point of view of the perpetrators and survivor.   Stress management, psychological theory and crisis debriefing are also covered. In addition, participants gain an understanding of the crisis negotiation, process in real time scenarios.

Instructors

Ann Young, M.A., Capt. LAPD, RET

Debra Warner, Psy.D.

Who is this for?

Life Learners and professionals seeking continuing education credits.

What you will learn: 
  1. Participants will gain the definitions of a crisis.

  2. Participants will learn knowledge on how to defuse a crisis.

  3. Participants will gain knowledge on 3 negotiation techniques.

  4. Participants will gain knowledge on mental health as it relates to crisis.

  5. Participants will gain knowledge about crisis debriefing.

 
Topic

The Physical Toll of Psychological Trauma

Psychological trauma has many effects on the body. Some of the most important long-term effects involve the control systems of the brain. Knowing these effects adds to our understanding of the nature of trauma and how to manage it.

Instructor
Who is this for?

Suitable for anyone with an interest in trauma's effects on the body and brain, including students and for professionals.

What you will learn: 
  1.  The effects of stress/trauma on various systems of the body.

  2.  How trauma affects the brain's self-control systems.

  3.  How these brain effects account for the symptoms of PTSD and related disorders.

  4. Coping and treatment implications of these bodily effects.

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Topic

Mental Health, Cultural Diversity and Active Shooters

This course examines active shooters and the psychology behind the behavior.  It focuses on two perspectives: law enforcement and psychology. Communication techniques, as well as the understanding point of view of the perpetrators and survivors.  Diversity and cultural differences are examined pertaining to country origin.  Participants will gain an understanding crisis with real life scenarios.

Instructors

Ann Young, M.A., Capt. LAPD, RET

Debra Warner, Psy.D.

Who is this for?

Life Learners and professionals seeking continuing education credits.

What you will learn: 
  1. Participants will learn the definitions of active shooters.

  2. Participants will gain knowledge on active shooters form cultural perspectives.

  3. Participants will gain knowledge from 3 types of active shooters. 

  4. Participants will gain knowledge on mental health as it relates to active shooters.

  5. Participants will gain knowledge about safer and debriefing active shooters.

Topic

Domestic Violence Among the BIPOC Community

This course examines social justice issues among domestic violence survivors within the BIPOC community. It focuses on two perspectives: being a BIPOC Domestic Violence Survivor and social justice issues among the BIPOC community. Psychoeducation, trauma theories, and resources for both perpetrators and survivors will be covered. Also, participants will gain a better understanding of Domestic Violence populations, social justice issues and through real-life vignettes. 

Instructor
Who is this for?

Anyone within the community that would like to gain insight/knowledge. Someone who can apply the information in different settings, and also professionals who want to receive continuing education.

What you will learn: 
  1. Participants will define and identify domestic violence survivors.

  2. Participants will be able to define Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).

  3. Participants will gain knowledge on how social justice issues impact domestic violence.

  4. Participants will be able to compare and contrast the difference between domestic violence survivors and perpetrators.

  5. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of domestic violence resources. 

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