The Griots' Healing Circle





Shawnee Benton-Gibson, LMSW, FDLC, is the Founder & Executive Director of The Griots' Healing Circle, a boutique consulting business offering innovative coaching, counseling and training experiences to individuals, groups and organizations seeking to expand their power, purpose and impact in the world.  Shawnee is a licensed social worker with over 20 years of experience as a leader, clinician, administrator and change agent. She is an author of a powerful book on healing and transformation entitled      "Walk In The Light With Me", an autobiographical piece chronically her journey toward overcoming the shadows of life to become a master teacher, healer, vision coach, performance artist, inspirational speaker and mother of three, devoted to serving and supporting others. Her principle teaching and healing tools consist of spiritual counseling, coaching, writing, psychodrama, sociometry, energy work, the performing arts and storytelling as mediums to ignite transformation and initiate catharsis. In addition to her extensive experience as a clinician, Shawnee is an actor, director, playwright, vocalist and composer who has incorporated the healing arts in every aspect of her life. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Rites of Passage & Leadership Development Institute, which was established in 2002, in partnership with Monica C. Dennis. S.O.W.'s mission is to educate, elevate, and effect positive and sustainable transformation in the lives of young people,families and communities of color. According to Shawnee, healing work is "a labor of love and liberation". To Learn More About Shawnee’s Work Visit:




Spiritual, Mental and Emotional Dis-ease

Grief & Bereavement (Ascension Counseling)

Life Transition Rituals

Child Welfare Advocacy & Policy

Parent Education & Advocacy

Chemical Abuse & Dependency

Child & Adolescent Development

Women's Health & Policy

Domestic Violence

Race, Culture & Gender Issues


S.O.W. Rites of Passage & Leadership Development Inst.

The People's Institute for Survival & Beyond

The Sankofa Center for Health & Healing

Monroe College

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC)

The RiteStep

Columbia University

500 Men Making A Difference 

Pearls For Her

A.S.P.I.R.E. Dance Company

The Resource Training Center

Phoenix House Foundation

Samaritan Village


The Brooklyn Community Recoveny Center

State Senator Kevin Parker

Judah International Ministries

Sloam Presbyterian Church 

The Single Parent Resource Center

The Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute

Sister S.A.G.E.

The Brooklyn Public Library

Councilman Charles Barron

Forte Greene Senior Citizen's Center

Sistas In Motion

GLM Counseling

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church (The Women's Project)

Souls of My Sisters

New York University School of Social Work

St. Paul Community Baptist Church

Chionesu Bakari

New York Therapeutic Communities 

Freedom Institute 

The Greater Allen Cathedral Chosen Vessels Rites of Passage (CVROP)

The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry (BEPAA)

International Sociometry Training Network

Big Apple Playback Theatre Troupe

Administration for Children's Services (ACS)

New York City Housing Authority

New York City Department of Education

The Brooklyn Job Corps

The Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)

A Call To Men


New Day Academy

Boys & Girls High School

The Forte Green Senior Citizens Center



"The telling of one story can heal a community"

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