In October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo became a national sensation following the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s repeated sexual misconduct. The phrase identifies the unfortunate reality that sexual harassment and abuse are all too common in the United States. How do we respond to this reality in our lives and in our congregation? Erin Erin Martinez-Gilliard will encourage us to process and discuss ideas about how we express consent, communicate nonverbally, and challenge unhealthy norms.
An Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Erin Martinez-Gilliard is a Licensed Masters Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Therapist. Erin is also the founder and director of Dream Catchers Therapy Practice in Dearborn, Michigan. Trauma-informed treatment, sexual health, and social justice have remained a constant passion for her throughout her years in practice. She has worked in the Clinical Social Work field for more than 20 years with a vast amount of professional experience with crisis intervention; at-risk youth mentorship; family reunification; sexual assault advocacy and sexual offending treatment; trauma work; and group, family, and couples therapy surrounding issues of anxiety, depression, trauma healing, and intimacy.