MORGAN Leigh VANDERPOOL

(they/them)

LICSW, TC-TSY Facilitator & faculty, E-RYT

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I have always been deeply interested in understanding how to find resolution to the world's most complex, systemic health related puzzles. After over a decade of working in the social work field I understand that the complex trauma of colonization & white supremacy are the root cause of every layer of health complexity and challenge that we individually and collectively face: from how we feel in our bodies, how we relate & connect to each other, and how we are either are in an oppressive or freeing/healthy relationship with the world we live in. 

As a white, queer, non-binary, multi-culturally bilingual, & multi-systems' adept clinician, social worker, facilitator, and activist, I am compassionately aware of the intersectional factors of privilege and oppression, and how it is my innate responsibility to deconstruct the impacts of white supremacy in the way we work to heal individually & collectively. 

I conceptualize all health issues as nervous system wounds incurred in the intersectional relationship we each have with oppression. I approach any layer of healing work via prioritizing healing our individual nervous system's function through trauma sensitive movement and breath practices. And I maintain that same focus while understanding the multi-systemic impact of dysregulated nervous systems as they show up in forms of violence like the trauma of poverty, racism, queer-phobia, transphobia, ablelism, gender-based violence, and colonialism, including Hinduphobia inevitably included in any white adaptation of “yoga”. 

***Responsibility statement- I am profoundly apologetic about any unintentional relational and systemic harm caused by my involvement in culturally appropriative or inherently white dominate systems, within my practice up to to this point, and any points in the future, as I’m working through the multilayered challenges of being a white person trying to be of service to healing complex trauma, through deconstructing systems of power.***

faculty/trainer bio with The Center for Trauma & Embodiment at the Justice Resource INstitute  

Educational Background:

  • Bachelors of Arts in Human Development & Minor in Latin American Studies- University of California San Diego

  • Master of Social Work- University of Washington, Tacoma

training facilitation experience to date: 

  • Integra Salud, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2018, 2019

  • Dunna- Alternativas Creativas para la Paz, Bogotá, Colombia, 2018, 2019

  • Eastside Family Services Center/Lograr/El Camino/Amerigroup, Tacoma, WA, 2018, 2019

  • Asociación de Psicología de Puerto Rico, Simposio (Co-facilitation with Integra Salud)- San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2018

  • Thunder Valley Community Development Corp- Pine Ridge Reservation, SD- 2016, 2017 & 2018

  • National Peace-building Conference in partnership with, Dunna- Alternativas Para la Paz- Bogóta, Colombia, 2017

  • Facultad de psicología, Universidad Albizu, San Juan, Puerto Rico- 2017

  • Tacoma Community House, Tacoma, WA- 2017

  • Tacoma Rainbow Center, Tacoma, WA- 2017

  • Washington State Coalition of Sexual Assault Programing, Spokane & Vancouver, WA- 2014 & 2015

  • University of Washington- Seattle & Tacoma Social Work Programs 2013, 2014 & 2015

  • Pacific Lutheran University's Center for Gender Equity, Tacoma, WA- 2015, 2016, & 2017

  • SAFY- Specialized Alternatives for Family and Youth, Fort Collins, CO- 2015

  • Two Rivers Behavioral Health System's Trauma Center, Kansas City, MO- 2016

  • TC-TSY Mentorship Intensive, Tacoma, WA- 2015

  • Three Trees 300 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training, Tacoma, WA- 2017

  • Pamela Higley's 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training, Tacoma, WA- 2015, 2016 & 2017