This October, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone, by Dr. Leticia Nieto, with Margot Boyer and co-authors Garth Johnson, Liz Goodwin and Laurel Smith will be released. This is the first ever written account of Dr. Leticia Nieto's anti-oppression curriculum. Dr. Nieto visited TJP last year, as part of our retreat, and shared some of the training model. But students study it for years and trainers go through an involved process to ready themselves to facilitate trainings or pass on the material. Unique in its incorporation of nine areas of social inequality, a compelling designation between three kinds of power at play at all times, as well as the incorporation of social justice and systems history and theory, human development, psychodrama, and attachment, the mode brings together psychological and social transformation.

In this series, we will post the press release, information about the upcoming book release event, reviews, and excerpts.

A new book by Leticia Nieto with Margot F. Boyer - Liz Goodwin, Garth R. Johnson & Laurel Collier Smith

Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, by Leticia Nieto Psy.D., and co-authors brings a long-awaited breakthrough to the fields of liberation and cultural studies. Nieto offers a powerful analysis of the psychological dynamics of oppression and privilege, and shows readers how to develop the skills that can promote social justice for themselves and those around them.

A key metaphor in Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment is the rank system. It can be used to analyze hidden and unconscious influences of oppression on people’s behavior.  Resisting oppression requires everyone – both those who benefit and those who are restricted by these social arrangements – to become more aware in everyday interactions. A consciousness that develops through a series of specific skills that can be identified and encouraged in oneself and in others.

A unique feature of Nieto’s approach is the practical nature of the skills model, which allows anyone to identify what skills they are using and expand their range.   This framework is of special interest to educators, therapists, organizational leaders, activists, and anyone who wants to live in a more equitable society.

The book provides exercises and tools to help people learn to see and name specific skills in films, fiction, and their own lives.  It also uncovers the ways that the rank system shapes our inner lives, influencing our relationships, feelings, and perceptions.

This flexible model admits the ambiguities and challenges of real life.  More down to earth than academic theory, the book includes personal stories from people of diverse backgrounds, as well as exercises, visualizations, and poetry.  Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment reflects insights from its roots in  developmental psychology, theater, and liberatory pedagogy.

Dr. Nieto, 2005 Outstanding Faculty of the Year at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, has drawn upon her work as a psychotherapist and trainer of counselors, psychodrama facilitator, artist, and performer since 1981 to create this humane understanding of liberation.   She holds a Psy.D. in clinical psychology as well as a B.A. in theatre and psychology, and an M.A. in human development.

The book developed through a collaboration over the past decade with Garth Johnson, Liz Goodwin , Margot Boyer, and Laurel Collier Smith.

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