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Decolonizing Your Mind: Implications for Your Social Work Practice
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When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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Anti-racism from an intersectional lens becomes attainable when we first are made aware of our socialization into racist and oppressive systems. We must then actively reject their impact on institutional culture as well as their impact on us as individuals.


Through this experiential workshop, we will facilitate the raising of awareness and healing from racism and oppression's impact on us all. With this newfound shift toward healing and awareness, we will be able to actualize concrete knowledge and skills into actionable steps toward racial equity both as individuals and in the social work spaces that we inhabit.


In the first hour of the workshop, we will focus on community building and setting the tone to be vulnerable, open, honest, and courageous for the day. The next few hours will be focusing on self-awareness and recognizing the impact that racism, white supremacy, and various forms of oppression have on us all. The remainder of the day will be using that lens and foundation to look at action steps and what we can do about "it" now that we're more aware.



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Increase their awareness surrounding the impacts of racism and white supremacy on the self
  • Increase their awareness surrounding the impacts that racism and white supremacy may have in their practice
  • Gain concrete skills towards acknowledging and addressing racism and various systems of oppression in order to become more anti-racist, anti-oppressive social workers in practice and leadership



NASW Member: $120 | Non-Member: $210


6 SW Contact Hours





Sydnee R Corriders, LMSW is passionate about anti-racism and anti-oppression and has been active as a community organizer. Currently, she is a freelance Racial Equity Consultant living in Brooklyn, NY.


As a Racial Equity Consultant, Sydnee collaboratively supports organizations and individuals in understanding and healing from racism. She engages them in actively addressing the impact that racism has on both their internal community and the communities that they inhabit. 


Additionally, Sydnee works with STEPS to End Family Violence as a Clinical Supervisor for a school-based program. In this role, she supports staff in promoting healthy relationships and working to prevent and support those impacted by intimate partner violence in school settings.




McKay Winter Sharpe is a Columbia University School of Social Work MSW graduate and curriculum development consultant there. She is on a team that specializes in developing content and training surrounding Power Race Oppression and Privilege.


McKay is committed to processing how racism disconnects us from our humanity and to organizing white people striving to be anti-racist. Working towards accountability and healing, McKay facilitates white anti-racist affinity groups at the Mary McDowell Friends School and with the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter.





NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. To receive your certificate of completion, please verify your e-mail is correct in the sign-in sheet, and make sure you sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to workshops.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



For any questions or issues, please contact


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 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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