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What makes the VISIONS
training model unique?
The VISIONS model is time
tested and research based. We have applied and refined it over 20 years in a
variety of settings.
We are proud to have earned a
reputation for providing services that are insightful, compassionate and
affirming of each person's individual stories and struggles. We are equally
sensitive to group dynamics as we are to an organization's concern for the
Some of the characteristics
that make the VISIONS model so successful are our:
In addition, VISIONS'
consultants and staff have a strong understanding of how to work with people in
a sensitive and empowering manner. Our approach supports participants in
defining the issues as they experience and "name" them. We have an expertise in
racial identity development in both a historical and present-day context. We
help participants gain an awareness of the connections between their own
perspectives and their stages of growth and development.
Ph.D., has worked with VISIONS since 1987, serving as both
Associate Director of Programs and as Lead Consultant. She emigrated from Canada
in the early 1980s for her graduate study in counseling psychology at Ohio State
Dr. Schoenhals has provided training and consultation in the areas of
diversity and multiculturalism to a wide range of groups and organizations. By
helping others to see the nuances of difference from a North American, non-US
perspective, she has been an invaluable resource throughout the VISIONS
organization. She is drawn to exploring the intersection of the dynamics of
oppression and internalized oppression with faith, spirituality, and
healing--for the benefit of self, others, and organizations.
Additionally, Dr. Schoenhals is project Director for ACCESS: A Multicultural
Approach to End of Life Care, offering workshops and consultation to providers
on end of life care from a multicultural perspective.
Ph.D. consults locally and nationally on multicultural and
cultural competence challenges in groups and organizations. He is a
professor of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, a
specialist in chemical dependency and addictions, and a member of the American
Psychological Association. He also serves on the Ethics Committee of VISIONS,
Dr. Turner has several years of experience in community consultation,
focusing on the challenges of nonprofit organizations serving oppressed
and undeserved communities. In fact, in 2000 he was voted one of the 50
most influential members of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area for his support
of community projects.
In addition, Dr. Turner chairs the Annual Black Mystery
Writers Contest, promoting literacy in adults and high school students. Dr.
Turner consulted to the Board of Psychology on the development of the
Jurisprudence Examination for Licensure in California and was and oral examiner
for more that ten years.
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Last updated on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
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