Planners as Therapists, Cities as Clients

Toolbox Tuesday


In this session, urban planner, activist, social worker, and artist Jose Richard Aviles will lead participants through the intersections of social work and urban planning practices. In their publication, “Planners as Therapists, Cities as Clients,” Aviles says, “‘What are the conditions that led people to me as a therapist in the first place?’ I realized that the summation of individual trauma is often community trauma, and that’s how I became interested in treating the city as my client. As planners, we are called upon to address injustices and the traumas they create in our communities.” This training session will cover concepts that focus on city design that reconciles the trauma of past racist urban policies and prioritizes access to a dignified quality of life for all people

Toolbox Tuesdays provide training on a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planning practitioners including training in the use of technology and education for practical approaches to timely issues. All classes and webinars are COMPLIMENTARY for staff of SCAG-member local governments and other SCAG partners in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Private sector planners, non-profit staff, academics and students are welcome to attend.


SCAG, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, is committed to providing special accommodations and translation services to those who are interested in participating in the events. We ask that you provide your request for special accommodations or translation services at least 72 hours prior to the event so that SCAG has sufficient time to make arrangements. Please contact