Get Me Out of Here: How Do White-Identified Clinicians (Dis)Engage When Whiteness is Challenged in the Clinical Space?



VIRTUAL SEMINAR | November 6, 2020, 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ET

Instructor: Benjamin Capistrant, Sc.D., and Megan Harding, M.S.W.
CEs:  2.5 CEs are available for social workers and psychologists for a $5 fee
Level: Intermediate

Registration, Fees and Deadlines:

Early bird registration by September 25, 2020: $50
Regular Registration by November 5, 2020: $65
CEs: 2.5 CEs available for social workers and psychologists for a $5 fee

In this seminar, participants will explore the concept of White Fragility and how that may present in the therapeutic spaces. Participants will engage in reflective work to identify ways in which whiteness in the therapy setting can be challenged. Some potential mechanisms will be reviewed by which white-identified individuals “escape” these challenges. Finally, ways to develop capacity to engage in conversations that challenge whiteness will be discussed. 

​Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate the threats to whiteness that emerge broadly and also specifically in the clinical space.
  2. Describe the experience of feeling trapped and needing release from challenging conversations about race and racism in the clinical space.
  3. Identify and reflect on their responses and reactions in response to those challenges (i.e., escape hatches).
  4. Describe how the commitments to deepen awareness of these escape hatches connects to the to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  5. List at least 4 common escape hatches


  1. Welcome and Framing of Issues (Whiteness, White Fragility, and Sense of “Escape”)
  2. ​Grounding exercise into the idea of “escape”
  3. Overview of Threats to Whiteness/White Fragility
  4. Introduction to Escape Hatches in Response to Threats to Whiteness/White Fragility
  5. Reflecting on and listing the escape hatches seen and enacted in their clinical experiences
  6. Employ with a Case Vignette to identify how escape hatches operate in a hypothetical clinical encounter
  7. Larger Group Discussion to generate shared reflections on lessons learned from Vignette exercise
  8. ​Articulating commitments to continue developing capacity to engage with conversations that challenge whiteness and clarify mechanisms of accountability

Completion Requirements: 

To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the seminar/live webinar. For live online seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are visible throughout the online class and participants must complete an evaluation. It is attendees' responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Certificate is Awarded:

Upon completing the evaluation, and other documents such as post test and attestation if applicable, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on completion of the evaluation and other necessary documents.

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE 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 #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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