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.
16 CE Contact hours
*Attendees must attend both days to receive CE contact hours. No partial credit will be awarded.