six class series April - May 2023

Social Work, Social Need

A Process Work Approach to Addressing the Needs of Our Times

Dawn Menken Ph.D.

Many of us are on the front lines in our work and communities tending to intense need and suffering. This 6-week course will focus on process-oriented interventions to support those of us who are working with individuals most impacted by the social ills of society. 
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Join Dawn Menken as she continues her focus on advanced Processwork practice with a lens on the clinical impact of societal and world issues.

The course is designed for practitioners in private practice, social workers, educators, community leaders, health care workers, activists, and students.  Expect theoretical presentation and discussion, and case presentations.
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Financial Equity Rates Available 
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Livestream & Recordings
6 class series
12 training hours

April 6,13, 20, 27
and May 4, 11 

10am to 12pm
(Pacific time)

Attend live or catch up on demand with recordings (recordings available for 3 months)
NOTE: This course stands alone but is a follow-up from Dawn’s Advanced Clinical Practice, this time putting our lens more on the clinical impact of societal and world issues. 

Join this course for:

Tools to explore the potential meaning in addiction and extreme states of consciousness

Learning how to address the psychological realities and impact of social oppression and marginalization

Interventions to meet escalation and de-escalate intense emotion

Focus on the ever-present challenges of refugee and immigrant populations

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Meet the instructor

Dawn Menken, Ph.D.

Dawn Menken, Ph.D., certified Process Worker, has been working in the field of psychology and facilitator development for over 35 years. She is an internationally respected educator, facilitator, therapist, leadership coach, and conflict resolution specialist. She is a co-founder of the Process Work Institute, where she co-created its masters programs and served as academic dean for more than a decade. Her new award-winning book, Facilitating A More Perfect Union: A Guide for Politicians and Leaders, introduces new ideas to support leaders, particularly those in the public sphere. In all of her endeavors she is moved to improve social discourse and inspire more meaningful civic engagement.

 Dawn is a thought leader and change agent who brings her gifts to a variety of sectors. Her parenting book, Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation, offers a groundbreaking approach to parenting and has been described as “… a must read for everybody who cares about the state of our relationships and our world.” She is the creator of Teens Rise Up (TRU), a cutting-edge program that empowers and educates young people to step into their leadership, engage in honest dialogue and co-create more welcoming school communities. She is a passionate teacher and facilitator with a special devotion to relationship and building sustainable community. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

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Important Participation Information

Privacy & Recordings

Workshops are recorded to provide on demand access and the opportunity to review and study deeply over time.   If you speak or show your camera, you will become part of the recording, available to other enrolled participants via the course site. 


Courses are offered as a confidential, adult learning environment. Participant privacy and confidentiality is extremely important for everyone's safety and learning. Please ensure that you keep other participant's personal information private and confidential and do not share identifying details beyond the course participant group. 

Experiential Training

Courses are offered as a confidential, adult learning environment focused on personal and community transformation. The activities may elicit emotional and psychological stress. If you have experienced psychological difficulties either in the past or present that may impact your participation, please consider carefully if this event is right for you. While all care is taken to support individuals, each person is responsible for their own needs and boundaries. By registering, you agree to take personal responsibility for your experience and to seek out support if you need it. 

English Language

Courses are taught in English, with an awareness and sensitivity to the experience of those for whom English may be a second (or third or fourth) language. We welcome a multilingual group and ask for shared awareness of the challenges of using English when it is a second language. Participants should ensure they are comfortable with their own level of understanding of English conversation and instruction. 
Financial Equity
PWI recognizes the global and systemic financial disparities that unequally impact people's opportunities to participate. 

If you are impacted by financial disadvantage, please use the following discount codes to enroll at the rate that is fair for you:

Rate 2 $336 - discount code: FinEQ
Recommended for those from developed economies experiencing financial disadvantage 

Rate 3 $192 - discount code: FinEQ3
Recommended for those from emerging economies or those carrying the burden of systemic inequities
Choose the rate that is fair for you