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In part one, the instructor will ask participants to apply their own experiences to generate a personal framework for building an understanding of implicit bias. Part one will begin with determining a common definition of implicit bias and then move toward evaluation of how our individual socialization creates the neural underpinnings of implicit bias. Our conversation will move towards understanding the neurobiological processes of implicit bias with the goal of creating a working model of brain processes. This model can be used as a guide to aid in articulating how differential brain function can ultimately generate an opinion/strong feeling about an individual or group of people without conscious recognition of the cognitive process.
Part two will build upon the understanding of implicit bias and begin to connect how implicit biases inform racism and transgenerational trauma. To understand how systemic racism can result in transgenerational trauma, one must have an awareness of the neurobiology of threat detection and stress physiology. An overview of the threat detection systems and stress physiology will be provided and used as a framework to provide insight how it feels to experience racism or discrimination. With an understanding of the bodily senses that are associated with being the target of racism or discrimination, the conversation will focus on US history to provide a perspective of how systemic racism in the US continues to give rise to transgenerational trauma for Black Americans. Given current events in the US, this discussion will focus on issues of Black Americans, however principles of implicit bias, threat detection and stress response are data of human physiology and neurobiology. Therefore, these principles can be applied to any human of any marginalized identity, hopefully helping us all have a little more awareness of our own body processes and reactions thereby giving a choice about what we do next…
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Intro - 5 min
Building common language: What is implicit bias? Establish a common definition - 5 min
Discussion of social/cultural beliefs and experience - 20 min
Introduction of brain function - 30 min
Integration of social experience and brain function to generate working model of implicit bias - 30 min
Intro – 5 min
Implicit bias quick review – 5 min
Neurobiology of threat detection and stress physiology – 30 min
Historical perspective of the Black experience in the US – 30 min
Consideration of who else is impacted – 20 min
- Participants will be able to define implicit bias, describe how social structures (personal experience, culture, geography, etc.) create the social forces that result in implicit bias. Articulate where in the brain implicit bias arises and generate a working model of how these different brain functions can generate an ‘opinion’ of something without conscious discernment.
- Participants will be able to describe threat detection and stress response systems
- Participants will be able to integrate US history into the current national dialogue around race
- Participants will be able to Consider how US history creates implicit social rules that perpetuate transgenerational trauma for Black Americans
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives
This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.
- This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
- CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
- NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
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- NEFESH International 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 #SW-0048.