When we feel seen, valued and respected, what changes?
Talking Changes' mission is to promote authenticity, empathy, awareness, respect, and a sense of community and connection; creating environments where all are welcome and where difference is valued. This leads to greater work satisfaction, improved communication, and maximized staff retention, productivity and creativity.
Talking Changes was founded on the premise that we are at our best when we feel seen, valued and respected. Every product created and facilitated is grounded in this core tenet, encouraging the ease and authenticity that promotes insight, awareness and growth. Since 1999, Talking Changes has offered tailored, dynamic, interactive and solution-focused trainings, seminars, coaching and curricula to a wide range of groups including social service providers, teachers, and organizations both small and large. Subjects span from cultural humility and inclusion to anti-racism, sexual and gender identity, and vicarious trauma. Participants leave empowered and inspired, having gained greater knowledge, skills and solutions.
Talking Changes' founder, Dr. Mara Gottlieb, holds a BA from Brown University, and an MSW and PhD in social work from New York University. In addition to teaching and guest lecturing at several universities, she has worked with esteemed clients such as the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, Good Shepherd Services, DMHAS, The Child Center of NY, the Connecticut Women's Consortium, Mercy Learning Center, and many more. Her workshops have been featured at CT NASW conferences, and she has served as keynote speaker at several others.
Trainings and seminars are tailored to your specific needs and the time you have: from 90 minutes to a full day. All trainings and seminars are interactive and experiential, involving multiple visual aides such as PowerPoint and video. Most training topics qualify for cultural competence CEUs through the National Association of Social Work. Trainings can be offered either in-person or virtually through Zoom.
A co-created curriculum is yours to keep. Talking Changes can help you design your program and offer any needed guidance on content, materials and presentation style.
Consulting/Brainstorming Next Steps For You or Your Agency
It's perfectly okay if you're not sure what next steps to take - let's brainstorm together to determine the best course of action. The first consultation is free.
Confidential coaching and supervision is available through Zoom. It is often helpful to have an ally and partner in helping you tap into your own wisdom, intuition, and problem-solving skills.
"Mara, I could sit and listen to you speak or be a part of your workshops weekly. Those hours just fly by. Thank you so much for the work you do. This was such an intense, powerful session. It brought tears to my eyes within the first 5 minutes, it made me feel uncomfortable, it made me smile, it made me think. You are truly a gifted speaker and presenter. Thank you."
"This was, without a doubt, the most powerful and transforming training I have ever attended. The information provided, the exercises done in class, the whole package brought an awareness I did not have before. It gave me an understanding of how profound racism is in our society, by design, and how to work against it. I am so grateful for Mara's presentation! I wish everyone had the opportunity to attend this incredibly powerful day of training. So grateful to have been there! Thank you!"
"Today's training was by far the most engaging, dynamic, and energizing experience I have had here - or at any conference over the past 15 years that I've been a social worker. Mara is a terrific presenter, and I appreciate how deeply she challenged us to think and look within ourselves. Thank you!"
"I loved this training and the transparency of the trainer. She was knowledgeable and presented the information in a way that encouraged sharing and understanding."
"[Mara] weaves in and out academics to individual...never expected this topic to be so energizing, reflective, & helpful for staff. Thank you."
All trainings are eligible for CEC/CEU certification in the state of CT: please contact me for more information.