Recognizing & Working through Anti-Blackness in Clinical Settings



VIRTUAL SEMINAR |  December 9, 2020, noon - 2 p.m. ET
Instructor: Shari Johnson, M.S.W.
CEs: 2 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

In this interactive virtual workshop, participants will receive a history of anti-Blackness in the United States. Special attention will be paid to the role of anti-Blackness in two of the most disturbing contemporary challenges facing Black people in the U.S.: police brutality and COVID-19. Next, attendees will be guided through an experience meant to reflect upon the role of anti-Blackness in their personal lives. Finally, an exploration of skill-based practices on how best to work alongside the systemic challenges of anti-Blackness in clinical settings.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by October 23, 2020: $40
Regular registration by December 7, 2020: $50

CEs: 2 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define anti-Blackness
  2. Discuss the history of anti-Blackness in the United states
  3. Provide at least two examples of how anti-Blackness may manifest in clinical settings
  4. Identify at least two best practices for work alongside the systemic challenges of anti-Blackness in clinical settings.  
  • Noon-12:30 p.m.: History of anti-Blackness in United States
  • 12:30-1 p.m.: How does anti-Blackness manifest in clinical settings
  • 1-1:45 p.m.: Addressing anti-Blackness in clinical settings
  • 1:45-2 p.m.: Questions and debrief

About the Instructor:

Shari L. Johnson is both a social worker and an anthropologist by educational training. Both graduate experiences were completed at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she was born and lived for nearly 50 years. After a nearly 10-year career as a professional social worker, working solely with older adults in health care settings, Johnson stumbled into her first taste of teaching when asked to present a substitute guest lecture for one of her mentors and former professors. After co-teaching a course with the same professor the following semester, there was no turning back!

For the past several decades, Johnson has developed and taught a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate social work courses, primarily in Queer studies, diversity, aging and race and social justice at several colleges and universities in Michigan and Massachusetts. She also developed and taught cultural anthropology courses and social work continuing education/professional development workshops. In addition to her teaching experiences, she has also held several positions in faculty development and student affairs. Additionally, Johnson has co-taught the Interrogating Whiteness section of the social work racism course at Smith College School for Social Work for the past three summers.

As the sole proprietor for The Traveling Diversity Professor consultation services, Johnson currently resides in Minnesota and is honored to have been asked to facilitate this professional development experience on anti-Blackness in clinical social work practice. 

Completion Requirements for Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

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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