Strategies for Deeper Listening

Voices of the City, a program of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma, WA, photo by Jesse Michener.

Strategies for Deeper Listening

Communication and empowerment across social difference


Understanding the hidden complexities of social membership allows for depth in perceptions of self and other. The workshop is designed to facilitate communication and empowerment through multi-layered social analysis. This session is oriented towards skills for designing effective interventions in situations impacted by social difference. Participants will learn a common language and explore, through image and action, pathways to social change.

Taught by Leticia Nieto. Psy.D., L.M.F.T, C.P.

Leticia is a psychotherapist and educator specializing in cross-cultural communication, motivation and creativity. Her book, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone, is an accessible analysis of the psychological dynamics of oppression and privilege that offers readers ways to develop skills to promote social justice. Leticia brings an innovative approach to her training and facilitation, drawing on expressive techniques to involve participants deeply and create opportunities for insight and change. Over the past decades she has successfully brought her skills to higher education and other learning communities, to service providers in helping agencies, to workplace teams, and to many community groups.

Leticia is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin's University. In addition to her advanced degrees in clinical psychology and human development, she is skilled in Action Methods, including Playback Theater and Theater of the Oppressed. She is a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama (C.P.), and has a private practice as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (L.M.F.T).