The Coming to the Table Approach Workshop

This workshop is designed to support you in learning to effectively utilize the “CTTT Approach” in transforming race narratives and dismantling systems of racial inequity in your community.

It is especially designed for CTTT Local Affiliate Group leaders and members, and for anyone thinking about starting a CTTT Local Affiliate Group in your community. It is also applicable to any group committed to undoing racism and transforming our world into a just and equitable place for all. This 3-day training will offer you resources to improve your skills and effectiveness in your anti-racism work, to launch a CTTT Local Affiliate Group, or support you in enhancing the work you and/or your group are already doing.

The standard workshop includes three days of training in the key aspects of the CTTT Approach: Touchstone Agreements, Use of Circle Processes, Shared Values, Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience, Restorative Justice, Uncovering History, Building Connections, Healing Together, and Taking Action. Please note: this workshop can be modified into 1- or 2-day versions in order to meet the needs of your group.


  • Intro to CTTT Approach (History, Connections, Healing, Action)
  • Learn & utilize agreements/touchstones designed to create safe spaces for racial dialogue
  • Intro to Circle Process
  • Intro to Restorative Justice and application to Transforming Historical Harms
  • Intro to strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience; connection to racial harms
  • Explore steps to take action using community organizing as an anti-racism tool
  • Starting/Sustaining Local Groups using the CTTT Approach in your community

What’s included?

Typically included with registration fee is the following:

  • Access to all training classes, sessions, and handout materials
  • A copy of The Little Book of Racial Healing
  • Lunch each day + refreshments (breakfasts and dinners on your own)

Schedule A Local Workshop

To schedule a workshop in your community, Contact CTTT here.

You can also subscribe to the monthly CTTT newsletter to be informed when workshops are scheduled in various locations in the future. To get the newsletter, either Become a Member or signup for emails at the bottom of the website.

Sample Schedule

(schedules are flexible and subject to change based on needs of the group)

Day One
Before 8:30amBreakfast on your own
8:30 - 9:00amArrival, registration, workshop packets
9:00 - 10:30amWelcome/Introductions: Invitation to Share
10:30 - 10:45amMorning break
10:45 - 12:00 noonValues and Agreements
Intro to Circle Elements and Process
12:00 - 1:30pmLunch break
1:30 - 2:00pmGoals for workshop + Expectations/questions from participants?
2:00 - 2:45pmCommunity Building Circle (small groups)
2:45 - 3:00pmAfternoon Break
3:00 - 5:00pmHistory of CTTT
Introduction to STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience)
Restorative Justice
5:00 - 5:30pmClosing Circle: How are you feeling? What's coming up for you?
EveningSelf-care; dinner on your own or with fellow workshop participants
Day Two
Before 9:00amBreakfast on your own
9:00 - 9:45amCheck-in; invitation to introduce significant object to centerpiece
9:45 - 10:30amExploration of Uncovering History
10:30 - 10:45amMorning break
10:45 - 12:00 noonExploration of Building Connections
12:00 - 1:30pmLunch break
1:30 - 2:45pmExploration of Working Toward Healing; self-care strategies
2:45 - 3:00pmAfternoon Break
3:00 - 4:15pmExploration of Taking Action
4:15 - 5:00pmClosing Circle: What are you feeling after 2 days?
Word or phrase about today on paper to add to centerpiece?
EveningSelf-care; dinner on your own or with fellow workshop participants
Day Three
Before 9:00amBreakfast on your own
9:00 - 9:30amMovement Exercise
9:30 - 10:00amCheck-in + Small Group Power Analysis Exercise
10:00 - 10:30amLaunching CTTT Local Group - or incorporating CTTT Approach with your community group(s)
10:30 - 10:45amMorning break
10:45 - 12:00 noonCheck-in: Questions?
Continuation: working with groups in your community; community organizing; Using Circles for Consensus-building
12:00 - 1:30pmLunch break
1:30 - 3:00pmAffinity Groups, followed by sharing out in Circle:
• How do you see yourself? How does the world see you?
• What is your role in this work? How do you see the role of those in the other affinity group?
3:00 - 4:00pmQuestions? Open discussion... what else?
4:00 - 5:00pmClosing Circle:
• What has 3 days together meant to you?
• What's next for you?


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