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
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.