Racism is in our foundation. It permeates our institutions, including social work practice. Understanding and addressing the history and the continued presence of racism in the environment around us, and within ourselves, is crucial to providing the most inclusive collaborative care for those who trust us with their mental health. To do this, we must take a deep and honest dive into the way racism has shaped the field of social work and our own perception. In this presentation, we will explore historical context concerning racism in society and social work practice specifically, and we will discuss the power of narrative in maintaining racism. We will also discuss stereotypes and implicit bias, and how those often unconscious beliefs may be impacting your practice. While this subject matter is challenging and can often become emotionally charged, this presentation will strive to overcome that discomfort and leave those who attend with a sense of responsibility to participate in the eradication of racism both within and outside of themselves, and the knowledge to begin that process. 2 CEUs.
- Learn about and reflect on historical events, ideologies, and social structures, and how they inform modern day beliefs, bias, and perception
- Reflect on their own identity, bias, privilege, and prejudice
- Discuss ways in which unconscious beliefs may impact practice
- Discuss ways to integrate anti-racism work into their practice
Ashley Heidebrecht, LMSW, has a broad range of practice experience, including non-profit management, direct care with children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, case management and trauma support for families recovering from homelessness, direct service with the Deaf community and the LGBTQ+ community, and 8 years of experience in training facilitation. Ashley engages heavily in advocacy and has collaborated with community leaders and social justice organizations to advance immigrant rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial equity, and with federal elected officials providing advisement and consultation regarding legislation. Ashley serves as the Director for the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso.
Who Can Attend this Event?
This event is free for active CSCSW and NASW-CO members. Non-members may attend for $30. Current social work students may attend for free after submitting proof of student status (copy of valid student id, current course schedule from registrar, etc).