Skills and Strategies for Facilitating Challenging Dialogues on Race, Sexual Orientation, Power, Privilege and Other Diversity Related Content in our Professional Roles
This workshop creates a framework for culturally relevant topics and increases self-awareness of diverse world views. It will provide an introduction to culturally relevant assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies that can be utilized in professional settings such as supervision, meetings and case conferencing.
The focus is on, “cultural self-awareness,” the first of 4 competencies essential for the development of authentic cross-cultural relationships at the individual, group and organizational level. Participants will leave with increased capacity to: facilitate and lead successful work teams; manage the daily micro-inequalities that impact organizational life; productively resolve conflict; and understand issues of organizational change all through the lens of cultural competence and resilience.
Through experiential activities, participants will increase their understanding of dimensions of identity and differences in race, skin color, ethnicity, nationhood, disability, ability, age, gender, spirituality, sexual orientation, language and geographic location, and their impact on developing authentic professional relationships.
Cheryl L. Franks, Ph.D., Dr. Cheryl Franks earned her baccalaureate at Ohio State University in Education and her masters at Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) and School of Business. She earned her Ph.D. at CUSSW where she worked for 22 years in an administrative capacity including Assistant Dean, Director of Field Education and Executive Director of Diversity, Human Rights and Social Justice (EDDHRSJ).
Ovita Williams, LCSW-R, ABD is an Associate Director of Field Education and teaches the Social Work with Battered Women course at CUSSW. She received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 1993 and her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College.