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Why Microaggressions Matter in Child Welfare

  • Andrews University Chan Shun Hall-Whirlpool 4185 East Campus Circle Drive Berrien Springs, MI, 49103 United States (map)

Course Description:

Microaggressions occur when someone experiences either intentional or unintentional slights that send negative messages related to the group(s) he/she belongs to. These groups are often served by child welfare service workers and include, but are not limited to, people of color, LGBT+ groups, women, immigrants, and individuals in poverty. In this training, participants will learn about the effects of microaggressions on vulnerable populations. The presenter will define microaggression and apply a theoretical taxonomy to child welfare recipients. A summary of research findings on the relationships between microaggressions and physical and mental health will be presented. Participants will be able to practice and identify strategies to create more self-awareness about the implicit biases that can lead to microaggressions. This training will utilize role playing, exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

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CE Value (credits): 3
CE Type: Standard

Andrews University

Contact Information:
Shelley Kennedy