SGV-CAMFT launched our newly forming Book Club on May 2nd on the heels of an article about joining a professional reading group which felt very fitting. Our intimate group met virtually and discussed several options for how we could see this book club develop over time. We dared to dream about holding these meetings in person soon. There were discussions about the benefits and challenges of reading the same reading material and getting deeper with the content. We also considered the option of leaving the group loosely formed with the ability for some members to share as their passions and interests arise. As we move forward, we want to include reading styles and interests of as many members as possible.
Our topics of discussion in this first meeting also included what we are currently reading and books that have influenced us personally and professionally. I personally enjoyed hearing about books that impact and challenge my colleagues’ practices like Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence by Robin Karr-Morse, Meredith S. Wiley,T. and Berry Brazelton, These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore, and My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem.
Our next meeting is on June 6th at 7pm and will meet virtually. If you read and are a member, join us. If you are thinking about adding a few more books to your summer reading wish list, join us. If you want to find a book buddy to swap books with, join us. If you have never been in a book club or reading group and are curious, join us. Looking forward to seeing you there!
– Natasha Morisawa, Book Club Facilitator