Committment and Hope

You may have noticed that Envision-ings took a brief time out, over the past few weeks.  So much is going on, as I am preparing to wish Japan a loving “Sayonara” and declare “I’m back” tinged with mixed emotions to my home, the US.    I’m looking forward to meeting some of you at Growth and Goal Setting and definitely feeling excited about all of the other events Envision Therapeutic Services will be hosting in 2017.

I am also feeling ambivalent about returning to a President-elect Trump and a country that has largely, doubled down on hate.   I am working hard, like so many of you, to keep a positive, hopeful attitude that we will continue to prevail no matter what stumbling blocks are put in our path. We must continue to walk in our legacy of exceptionality and excellence in the face of racism, sexism, classism, both microagressive and institutionalized.

The election of Trump is the capstone to the violence and discrimination we have suffered in recent years from the institutions and governments that are failing to support and protect all of this nation’s citizens.  From Jim Crow to Reganomics to Ferguson to Flint, this modern age is still fraught with struggle for People of Color.  This election has once again, illuminated our need to care for ourselves, body, mind, and spirit, as we continue to fight against oppression and further cemented my commitment that Envision Therapeutic Services will be a safe harbor, a place to be nurtured and rebuild, individually and collectively, as we press on.





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Aziza E. Jones is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years of experience working in elite medical institutions, community based mental health and Military communities in the United States and abroad. Her work in Europe and Asia has had a profound impact on how she views herself and the role she plays in both her local and global community. She is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and communities as they journey towards wholeness and well-being while striving to secure social justice. Ms. Jones is a highly skilled mental health clinician, an innovative thought leader in understanding cultural competence as it relates to mental health, and an educator of new and established mental health service providers. She holds a MSW degree from the premier Smith College School for Social Work and has been recognized by the Smith College Executive Standing Committee for originality and exploring new perspectives in Clinical Social Work research with her Master's Thesis entitled, Humor as Resilience: African-American Stand-up Comedy and Collective Identity. Aziza is a native of Maryland and was reared in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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