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About Us

We provide education, training, and support to individuals, groups, and organizations interested in healing and justice work.

Our approach is justice-based liberatory practice. We are culturally-affirming, person-centered, and systems-focused.

We draw from the traditions of social movements, healing practices, anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work and counseling, and equity justice.

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SHIMON COHEN, MSSW, LCSW

FOUNDER & CEO, INSTRUCTOR

I’m Shimon (he/him), social work educator, podcaster, and change agent.

I’m a licensed clinical social worker in Maine and Florida and earned my MSSW at Columbia University. I’m passionate about racial justice and liberatory social work. In addition to teaching and consulting, I’m the host and producer of the nationally recognized podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change.

I serve as the clinical supervisor at the Healing & Justice Center and helped develop the Freedom House Mobile Crisis program. I’m also the Board President at EduExito, Inc., a non-profit providing school supplies to students in under-resourced communities in the Dominican Republic.

I enjoy family time with my wife, two daughters, and dog.

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CHARLA CANNON YEARWOOD, MSSW, LCSW

INSTRUCTOR

I’m Charla (she/ her), disrupter of the status quo, Founder & Clinical Director of Connected in Community.

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Indiana and earned my MSSW from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I’m all about liberation, social justice, and community. I believe that we are all connected in community. Meaning, my healing is tied to your healing. I see therapy, education, and effective services for the community as part of our liberation work. My teaching and research focus on, liberation theories, equity, abolition, and the integration of social justice with clinical mental health services.

Outside of work, my husband and I have two little humans, two dogs, and a cat.