Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Kai Cheng Thom: What Have Conflict, Justice, and Love Got to Do With One Another? An Introduction to Anti-Oppressive Conflict Transformation

Saturday, July 8, 2023, 2:30 – 4:30 PM PDT

Centre A (Zoom) 

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Join mediator, author, and healing justice practitioner Kai Cheng Thom for an inspiring and skills-based presentation on working with conflict in social movements. How can we understand conflict as an opportunity for relationship growth and transformation? How can community organizers and leaders respond to conflict in a courageous, loving way? And crucially, how do we de-escalate and respond to conflicts that threaten to destabilize our communities? Kai Cheng will present several key concepts for analyzing and working with conflict grounded in a trauma sensitive, abolition based approach. 

Participants should come ready to explore conflict from various perspectives and be aware that conflict can be an emotionally triggering topic. Kai Cheng is not available during this workshop to provide extensive conflict coaching or emotional counseling. Please note that this is not a workshop focused on responding to intimate partner violence, but rather typical or normative conflicts that arise in group settings. 

Kai Cheng Thom, MSW, MSc, is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, Qualified Mediator, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Professional Coach based in tkaronto/Toronto. She is also the author of five award-winning books in various genres. Kai Cheng’s work focuses on the intersection of social justice, pleasure activism, and transformative approaches to healing conflict. A noted speaker and practitioner of somatic wellness, healing, and group process facilitation, Kai Cheng supports individuals and groups who are seeking to repair relationships and make transformative change. She also teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education.

Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or [email protected].

Centre A is situated on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We honour, respect, and give thanks to our hosts.