Speaker Bio & Presentations

Ester Nicholson

Special Speaker

Ester Nicholson

Ester Nicholson, author of Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Dependence is a trauma specialist, She Recovers coach, presenter, and training facilitator.  She is a woman in long-term recovery who brings her incredible journey of transformation to a practical curriculum—addressing the root causes of dependence as they occur in contemporary living. Her Soul Recovery programs expand the traditional concept of 12-Step Recovery into spiritual practices that have served thousands.

Her story of addiction and recovery was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Super Soul Sunday’s “In Deep Shift”.

Ester has inspired thousands with her keynotes at conference events including:

The National FED-UP RallyNCADD, NAATP, DFBHS and She Recovers and Foundation Recovery Network—in addition to alumni and featured events at Ashley Treatment Center, Gosnold Treatment Center, Renewal House, and as a former host at InTheRooms.com. Unity.fm and Hay House.

Ester is a trusted advisor on the She Recovers and NAATP DEI committees and is instrumental in shifting “the business as usual” practices in the recovery industry with her training “Compassionate Accountability: Healing Unconscious Racial Bias “.

Presentations & Workshops

The Healing Code of Forgiveness:
Restorative Practices For Racial Fatigue

"The Healing Code of Forgiveness: Restorative Practices For Racial Fatigue presents a revolutionary methodology that merges The 12 Steps of Recovery with cutting-edge advancements in brain science, including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), alongside various well-established "spiritual" modalities. This transformative approach offers deep healing and compassionate resolution to the subconscious origins of racial bias, fostering reconciliation and growth. By integrating these powerful tools, this groundbreaking program addresses the underlying root causes of unconscious racial bias with empathy and understanding.

The Healing Code harmonizes spirituality and neuroscience with diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) trainings, offering a compassionate pathway for dismantling systemic racism. It aligns seamlessly with strategic DEIB efforts in society, while promoting true transformation. By addressing and resolving unforgiven resentments and unhealed trauma, this transformative process profoundly alters our thoughts, emotions, and capacity to support those in need.

In this immersive and experiential workshop, Ester will skillfully lead participants through "The Healing Code of Forgiveness" process. Through this journey, attendees will gain access to deeply ingrained perceptions, beliefs, and biases in all their forms, enabling open discussions, processing, and eventual release. By engaging in this experience, individuals can heal and transcend limitations, fostering genuine growth and understanding.

Learning Objectives

  • Define unconscious racial bias and racism fatigue
  • Reduce stress, confusion, and resistance regarding DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) trainings: Create a supportive and inclusive learning environment to minimize negative reactions and promote engagement.
  • Practice the Healing Code of Forgiveness strategies to address racial fatigue and trauma in the behavioral health care industry
  • Describe three ways The Healing Code can be implemented throughout the organization to heal racial fatigue
  • Demonstrate three components needed to provide an environment of cultural humility and cultural competence
  • Implement the 3 tools of The Healing Code to eliminate unconscious racial bias and fatigue

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