How We Work
How do you work with clients?
- We listen.
- We help you identify your specific need and how we (or someone else) can best help you meet them.
- We deliver one-time events, on-going coaching or multi-month or multi-year contracting.
- We work locally, nationally and internationally, in three languages.
- We keep in contact via phone, Skype, email and in-person meetings whenever possible.
- We offer unique and memorable programs for:
- Keynote addresses or speaker presentations
- Retreat, meeting or event facilitation
What’s unique about your approach?
Four Unique Elements to the LJS Approach:
- We tie together personal transformation and social change. We work with individuals, where they are at that moment, and we incorporate both cognitive (theory, methods, skill-building, paradigm shifts, frameworks, and tools) and affective (feelings, associations, emotions, “triggers,” or re-stimulations) levels of learning.
- We view inclusion as a social justice issue. We invite participants to take a longer view of diversity and we offer them frameworks to understand the dynamics and systems that keep oppression in place. We teach tools that encourage participants to stay hopeful and be increasingly empowered as they work toward justice.
- We identify shared experiences we had as young people as the basis for understanding institutional power and its impact. We assist participants to clarify “adultism”—the institutionalized mistreatment of young people—as separate from the experience of “childhood.” We encourage participants to grasp the idea that if we ourselves had not been a “victim” or “perpetrator” first as young people, we would not be perpetuating these behaviors—consciously or not—as adults. Adultism becomes the training ground for all other oppressions. By providing a safe environment for emotional experiences, we help participants tell their early stories and release them.
- At LJS, we view culture as a group’s benign expression of difference. We make an important distinction between “culture” and the patterns or behaviors that groups take on in response to oppression, responses like racism, sexism, and interpersonal violence. When these behaviors regularly occur within the group, we erroneously assume that it must be part of that group’s cultural identity or cultural expression when, in fact, it is a response to oppression. And we identify any attitudes, “values,” or “beliefs” that demean or oppress other human beings as having their root in a group’s response to institutional oppression—not as inherent to that group’s identity.
What should participants in your training sessions expect?
Most participants describe the experience of attending an LJS workshop as “life-changing,” “insightful,” “draining,” “reflective,” and “unlike any other workshop they have ever attended.” Participants will be asked to connect with their own story as the basis for understanding themselves and for seeking to understand others. Participants will learn skills that will change the quality and kinds of relationships they have, as these relationships are the foundation for making systemic change.
What should participants in your facilitated sessions expect?
We use highly engaging, participatory and interactive tools to draw out the wisdom of a group. We encourage transparent dialogue with an attention to an inclusive process and meaningful outcomes. Participants can expect a skillful handling of emotion-charged topics and assistance to get to the root of the issues—values, power, purpose—that clarify and solidify the importance of meeting outcomes and achievements.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Examine aspects of their behaviors or attitudes that may have gone largely unchallenged or unexamined.
- Consider where these behaviors and attitudes have come from—and what it would mean to shift or change these patterns.
- Reflect, share, and experience a wide range of activities that incorporate multiple learning styles and encourage connection to themselves and fellow participants.
- Think about how to apply what they have learned in the training to situations at work, at home and in their community, creating an action plan for implementation.
What should participants expect in your facilitated sessions?
We use highly engaging, participatory and interactive tools to draw out the wisdom of a group. We encourage transparent inclusive dialogue that results in meaningful outcomes. Participants can expect skillful handling of emotion-charged topics and assistance to get to the root of the issues—values, power, purpose—that clarify and solidify the importance of meeting outcomes and achievements.
How do you charge?
Depending on the scope of work a client contracts for, we charge a fixed daily or hourly rate, or develop a project budget. We prepare a budget based on the number of participants and the complexity and level of customization of the event. Our rates are also based on the number of associates who participate in the design, train, or facilitate an event. We seek a pricing structure that works within our client’s budget, giving the maximum value for monies spent. While we do not charge for travel days specifically, we do adjust fees based on the number of time zones traveled to deliver the program.
How can I schedule a workshop for my organization?
How can I attend a session as an individual?
LJS offers annual public workshops, alternating between the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest of the US, and occasionally on other continents. You can visit our Facebook Group , check the home page of our website or call our office at 503.281.5570 to get specifics. You can also sign up on directly our website or by calling our office. Finally, we keep a database of individuals who are interested in attending a public workshop in the future. Please fill out a Workshop Inquiry Form and our office will contact you with upcoming public workshop information.
Who can post to the blog?
We have set up a simple sign-in system that identifies people who post to our blog. We make the blog available to people who have attended LJS sessions or who are interested in attending. Blog topics are tied in to the mission statement and purpose of LJS and vary based on the interests of those who join in the conversation.