Tiombe Wallace’s contribution to A Window Between Worlds programming cannot be overstated. For more than 15 years, her work has been at the heart of AWBW’s evolution.
She has shared her expertise and gifts facilitating Windows workshops, teaching during Facilitator trainings, presenting at AWBW’s national conference (pictured above), and training the AWBW staff in trauma-informed approaches and intersectionality. Her guidance and insights have shaped our programmatic approach and philosophies, training content, and facilitator manual language. We are so grateful for her contributions and would not be the same organization without her.
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience as a feminist therapist, educator, and activist working to empower survivors and communities, Tiombe is the owner of a private psychotherapy practice and consulting business named Tiombe, MFT, Inc. She provides individual and group psychotherapy for teens and adults, consultation on curriculum and program development, clinical supervision and continuing education, anti-oppression training, and speaking engagements for mental health professionals, social services, universities, youth programs, crisis services, and counselor/mentor/advocate certification courses.
She first trained as an AWBW facilitator fifteen years ago, and soon after represented the first rape crisis center to train with AWBW. She co-facilitated the first rape survivor and child sexual abuse survivor AWBW workshops and adapted windows workshops, curriculum, and evaluations to include sexual violence survivors. She brought AWBW groups to other rape crisis centers, ensured their counselors and interns received training, and provided encouragement and support for advocates serving survivors in communities of color, sex workers, and undocumented populations that often faced barriers to using customary “therapy” venues. She adapted and co-facilitated workshops with program staff from disability advocacy services, creating curriculum to help those identifying as sexual violence survivors that have intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Most recently, she has consulted and supported AWBW around its mission, vision, and process of expansion to becoming trauma-informed and culturally responsive.
Since 2017, Tiombe has generously trained AWBW staff and Facilitators in intersectionality, illuminating the critical importance of inviting each workshop participant to safely express all aspects of their identities and understand that all oppression is interlinked. AWBW has received consistent praise from facilitators who share that this portion of the training is especially impactful and directly influences how their participants experience AWBW workshops.
We are thrilled to name Tiombe Wallace as the recipient of AWBW’s Compassionate Witness Award, and are grateful for her example, guidance, and service.