Conversations in Black, White, and Blue: Getting Real about Implicit Bias

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

Course #: W949

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $150.00

Credit Available: CEUs; Social Work CEUs;


Bias can be defined as a prejudice in favor of, or against, a group and its members. Implicit bias is when bias is not perceived or endorsed by the individual. Understanding our own implicit bias can not only change the way we perceive the world, but also greatly enhance our ability to engage in ethical and culturally attuned clinical practice with clients and co-workers. The concept of implicit bias and its professional impact will be explored in this interactive and highly participative presentation. From the perspective of a social worker and a police officer from different backgrounds, the presenters will share their own experiences with confronting implicit bias, managing professional miscommunication, and demonstrating how to move beyond assumptions to promote meaningful change in the lives of the individuals we serve.


Melinda Gronen, M.A., LCSW

Melinda Gronen, LCSW, holds a degree in social service administration. She has worked with families for 16 years. She spent 10 years as a clinical coordinator on the Protective Services Team at Lurie Children’s Hospital and was a leader in trauma training and program development. Melinda is currently a clinician and trainer at Barr Harris Children’s Grief Center, a social work adjunct lecturer in the areas of trauma informed practice and abusive family systems at Erikson Institute, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, Melinda is a law enforcement instructor and the owner of Caped Crusader Consulting.

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