On Sunday, February 23, Pinoys on Parliament will make Active Listening Services available to our delegates.
What is Active Listening?
- Active Listening is a procedure where someone who is attempting to process difficult information is accompanied by a guide who is trained to make sure the person feels properly heard and supported as they journey towards internalizing newly acquired, trying, tricky and/or problematic knowledge and idea
- It is a method influenced by Narrative Therapy. This is a method where people are encouraged to see themselves as separate from their challenges and difficulties and rely on their own skills and strengths to manage and minimize the struggles in their lives. It supports people to express their “problem stories,” and guides them towards “rewriting” a better story for themselves and their future
Who will be providing Active Listening Services at Pinoys on Parliament?
France Clare Stohner is a Philippine-born, Montreal-raised diasporic community organizer and psychotherapist. Committed to decolonization, she completed a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling and Spirituality, specializing in Women’s Studies, a collaborative program between Saint-Paul University and the University of Ottawa. Her undergraduate years were spent at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute of Concordia University, where her education was built on anti-oppressive frameworks, and commitments to the well-being of disenfranchised populations. Feminist values profoundly speak to France, as she also has a background in grassroots and community organizing work from a social justice and critical race feminist perspective. She previously worked for NGOs in Urban Development for women’s safety in cities, prior to focusing her efforts on advocacy for Filipino community. From 2011 to 2016, she was a radio host and content creator for the Sigaw Ng Bayan radio collective at McGill University’s CKUT 90.3FM, highlighting the importance of community dialogue and uplifting the marginalized voices. France enjoys outdoor activities, and has been a perpetual yoga and meditation student since childhood. She is currently a full-time Mamang to Kalayaan, and engages in community work with him in tow as she is dedicated to energy work that reinforces Kapwa and passing it on to the next generation.
Why do methods like Active Listening and Narrative Therapy matter?
Services like Active Listening and Narrative Therapy addresses the silence in conversations around emotional and mental health in the Filipino community.
For those who struggle with journeying alongside someone when these feelings arise, or simply prefer to process alone, click here for some tools for when faced with difficult emotions.