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 Rally, NCADD, 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

Compassionate Accountability: Healing Unconscious Racial Bias

This presentation will look at various models to healing bias and racism by unifying The 12 Steps of Recovery with some of the latest developments in brain science.

Modalities that can compassionately address the underlying root causes of unconscious racial bias. Attendees will look at potential ways to bridge the gap between spirituality and diversity, equity and inclusion, and is an effective and loving path toward the transformation of systemic racism, while being true and consistent with our work in the world. Racism is systemic, but it is also spiritual and emotional in origin. When unconscious bias and racism is healed at the core level of identity, it radically shifts the way we serve those in need.

In this compelling presentation, Ester will discuss how intergenerational racism and bias must be addressed at the level of our deepest memories, emotions and concept of identity. She will also talk about how the foundational tools of "Soul Recovery" provides access to unconsciously held perceptions, beliefs and patterns of racism so that they can be discussed, processed and released.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Guide participants through the concept of the 12 steps to examine awareness of beliefs and unconscious patterns of racial bias
  • Prepare participants to implement the principles of Compassionate Accountability through their own self-examination of unconscious bias
  • Examine how spirituality and DEI practices are an effective and loving path toward the transformation of systemic racism
  • Demonstrate how to provide an environment of healing and safety for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status
  • Discover the effectiveness of compassionate dialogue to increase receptivity to racial healing

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