Social work is built upon a foundation of social and racial justice yet, many social workers are uncomfortable with this lens and underestimate its necessity in providing effective treatment. The NASW Code of Ethics clearly outlines the importance of uplifting those who are marginalized and oppressed as well as social workers engaging in advocacy efforts to root out oppression and systemic racism. While social workers come from many walks of life and are not monolithic in beliefs and practices, the uniqueness of our professional identity calls us to a higher standard of self and social examination. The social work profession (and other helping professions) have been called to explore our role in both furthering and dismantling systems of harm in better service to our clients and society. Through this workshop, we will explore the history and role of oppression and racism in social work, discuss racial trauma, learn how our individual biases are formed and reinforced through unconscious bias, seek ways to challenge and rewire our beliefs so that we can move beyond hate and towards love for all clients, and finally embrace actionable steps we can take to embody the fullness of our roles.
Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:
- Explain how internalized beliefs and biases shape treatment agendas, assessment, practice, and advocacy.
- Describe techniques to rewire unconscious biases in their minds.
- Explain racial trauma and the social and clinical implications of racial trauma in treatment.
This is a non-interactive self-study course.
Instruction consists of 1 hour of video instruction and a post-test.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Dr. Claire Green-Forde, LCSW
Dr. Claire J. Green-Forde is an unapologetic social and racial justice advocate who seeks to be an illuminator and agent of change. Dr. Green-Forde is a NY based Licensed Clinical Social Worker and her work and interests focus on the intersectionality of behavioral health, criminal justice, social and racial disparities, trauma, and human development. Dr. Green-Forde firmly believes in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of wellness and is a strong advocate for holistic and culturally humble practices that consider both a trauma informed and neurobiological lens. She has training and experience in areas including adolescent and adult mental health, policy development, positive youth development, bullying, criminal and juvenile justice, and trauma. Dr. Green-Forde attended SUNY Stony Brook University and received a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health, a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She obtained her Doctorate in Social Work from Capella University. She is involved in, or a member of many community and professional service organizations including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, and currently serves as the Executive Director for the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter.
1 CE hour for Social Workers
Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credit.
Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC 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-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2026
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.
To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.
You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.
Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.
Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.
This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive self-study course.. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.
This course was recorded 9/17/21