Soul Work

Multicultural UU Communities

Partner Organization

In keeping with our vision, the Soul Work Design Team will be working with VISIONS, a non- profit training and consultancy organization.
According to Vision’s website:


“VISIONS consultants and staff have a strong understanding of how to work with people in a sensitive and empowering manner. Our approach supports participants in defining the issues as they experience and “name” them. We have an expertise in racial identity development in both a historical and present-day context. We help participants gain an awareness of the connections between their own perspectives and their stages of growth and development.” 
Multicultural track participants will have the opportunity to work with two experienced VISIONS Facilitators. Click the links below to learn more about them. 


Multicultural Track Presenters
Visions, Inc


Joan Schoenhals, Ph.D., has worked with VISIONS since 1987, serving as both Associate Director of Programs and as Lead Consultant. She emigrated from Canada in the early 1980s for her graduate study in counseling psychology at Ohio State University.


Dr. Schoenhals has provided training and consultation in the areas of diversity and multiculturalism to a wide range of groups and organizations. By helping others to see the nuances of difference from a North American, non-US perspective, she has been an invaluable resource throughout the VISIONS organization. She is drawn to exploring the intersection of the dynamics of oppression and internalized oppression with faith, spirituality, and healing–for the benefit of self, others, and organizations.


Additionally, Dr. Schoenhals is project Director for ACCESS: A Multicultural Approach to End of Life Care, offering workshops and consultation to providers on end of life care from a multicultural perspective.



Jim Turner, Ph.D., is an African-American man who  consults locally and nationally on multicultural and cultural competence challenges in groups and organizations. He is a professor of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, a specialist in chemical dependency and addictions, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He also serves on the Ethics Committee of VISIONS, Inc.


Dr. Turner has several years of experience in community consultation, focusing on the challenges of nonprofit organizations serving oppressed and undeserved communities. In fact, in 2000 he was voted one of the 50 most influential members of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area for his support of community projects.


In addition, Dr. Turner chairs the Annual Black Mystery Writers Contest, promoting literacy in adults and high school students. Dr. Turner consulted to the Board of Psychology on the development of the Jurisprudence Examination for Licensure in California and was and oral examiner for more that ten years.

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