Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW, LSCSW, TCTSY-F, and MSC Trained Teacher is a licensed clinical social worker, adaptive yoga facilitator, mindfulness instructor and professor who is also a co-founder of and community teacher for the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM). In the past she has worked as a presenter, psychotherapist, community mental health social worker, elementary teacher, and academic administrator. Her areas of interest, teaching and research have included trauma-sensitive responsive care, somatic approaches to trauma, mind-body therapeutic movement, mindfulness-based practices, diversity, equity and inclusion, and grief and loss. She has taught academic courses in cultural diversity, social justice and clinical social work practice for 15 years. MAM is very lucky to have her as an integral part of our community.
Here is a wonderful post she wrote for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion on her search for internal cultural-racial connection in her personal mindfulness and self-compassion journey. She discusses the importance of acknowledging and honoring the visible and invisible intersections of diverse identities in the groups in which we participate. Click the post below to read more: