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*New Jersey social workers will receive 3 Ethics & 3 Social and Cultural Competence CE credits for participating in this course.

Combating the dangers of bias, prejudice and racism requires action on every level: personal, professional and social. This conference is designed to provide the research and tools needed to address these issues, with direct application for social workers and counselors, as well as other youth-serving professionals and community members. Participants will learn the importance of anti-racism practices, and how to engage in them personally and professionally. The conference will also focus on education and advocacy as essential components in reducing bias, prejudice and racism.

Participants will learn how New Jersey law enforcement has increased their attention to these issues, how mental health professionals have an ethical obligation to do the same, and how a collaborative approach between these professions helps to reduce the negative implications of bias in the community. Learners will develop empathy and build skills to become more consciously aware of ways to counter racism in their professions. 

The conference will teach about race-based adversity, discrimination and stress, referred to as “racial trauma” and discuss why this is so harmful to youth’s development and well-being. Participants will understand the relative frequency of toxic stress by race and social class and will learn how this depresses youth’s outcomes and contributes to the achievement gap in all areas.  This training will review practice recommendations that have been suggested to reduce cognitive, behavioral and health harm that toxic stress provokes. The goal is to establish a better understanding of the problems that arise from the many dimensions of bias, prejudice and racism, while also offering various solutions for immediate action.

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For more information or questions on Continuing Education Hours or of you are paying with a Purchase Order, please contact the CarePlus Foundation via email:Foundation@CarePlusNJ.orgor call 201-986-5070.

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