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Undoing Racism Workshop: Antiracism Training for Social Workers
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10/29/2015 to 10/30/2015
When: October 29, 2015 & October 30, 2015
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
NY, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: David Peters, LMSW, Kimberley Richards, PhD, and Cyndi Carnaghi, LCSW

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16 hours of continuing education

Please note: In order to receive any CE credit you must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.


As of 2015, there is not a single discipline in our society that requires it’s professionals to demonstrate an understanding of structural racism and it’s impact on our citizenry, nor have they established a base of competencies to address race and racism. Social work professionals especially need to have this understanding, given the disproportionate number of people of color receiving social services.


Since the Civil Rights movement, U.S. institutions have made some gains with respect to racial equity.  Still, in every institution we touch, data shows that white people have considerably better outcomes, even when we control for a host of other factors.  Cultural competency has been a useful and necessary framework for our profession, but is insufficient to drive the change in outcomes we desire.  Organizations employ and serve a much more diverse group of people (although in many places, staff racial makeup still does not mirror client makeup).


The goal of this training is to provide a common working analysis of racism and the particular role of social workers as "gatekeepers" within institutions. This understanding provides a springboard from which we can generate institutional transformation and undertake accountable antiracist community organizing.

Antiracism Training for Social Workers prepares social workers to address structural racism and its impact on research social work practice and education and ultimately the racially disproportionate outcomes for poor communities and for communities of color.


Undoing Racism is an intensive two day interactive workshop designed to train, educate, challenge and empower social workers to undo the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training delivered by way of didactic and small group discussions is based on the premise that racism has been systematically constructed and that it can be undone when people understand where it comes from, how it functions, why it is perpetuated, and what we can do to dismantle it.

The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. Since 1980 the People’s Institute has trained over 800,000 people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and internationally, including several thousand social workers in the New York area. It is recognized as one of the most effective anti-racist training and organizing institutions in the nation.



Presenters:  All are trainers with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). PISAB is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.


David Peters, LMSW is a Trainer and Organizer with The People’s Institute.  For the past 20 years he worked as a child welfare advocate, trainer and administrator for the Center for Development of Human Services, Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo. In that capacity, he was engaged in transformative initiatives to address and improve critical thinking, safety and risk assessment for all child welfare staff statewide.  He is a 2011 graduate of the New Rochelle Police Department’s Citizen Academy. He received a Masters Degree, Social Work (MSW) -May, 2007 Wurzwiller School of Social Work – Yeshiva University New York, New York and a Bachelor of Arts- May 1976 Urban Affairs- University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Kimberley Richards, Ed.D. is an organizer and trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She holds a Masters’ in Education Administration from Westminster College and a doctorate in Policy, Planning & Evaluation from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her graduate and post-graduate work centered on internalizing an anti-racist analysis within the fields of community-based organizing, program planning, development and evaluation. Her focus is how and where internalized racial oppression and superiority impacts communities of color and efforts towards social justice and equity. She is an international consultant and serves on national boards including the Development Leadership Network, Crossroads Ministries, a Southern Grassroots Leadership Development Design Team, and the newly-developed Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, Georgia.


Cyndi Carnaghi, LCSW is an organizer and trainer with The People’s Institute. Cyndi is an Advanced Trauma Specialist receiving a post graduate certificate from Adelphi University and specializing in working with those impacted by the persistence of structural racism in their communities. She received her Masters in Social Work from New York University in 2008 and Bachelors in Social Work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


 NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 This workshop has been approved.


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