Do you know me? How can I trust that you are someone that understands me, my culture, and will speak to the needs of diversity, equity, and inclusion when asked? Emotions impact the decisions we make, including the ‘good’, the ‘bad’, and the ‘ugly’ influencers that rest in the deep areas of our mind: heuristics. We say we are not biased individuals but the reality; our underlying thoughts and emotions are based on preconceptions and lived experience. Participants will engage in self-reflective activities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, different abilities, and intersectionality. Oppression, discrimination, power and control, and historical and structural racism, and privilege will be featured as it relates to the helping professions. We will take a deep dive into the cognitive biases that are subconsciously impacting your decision making, your role as a helper, and may be disguising your awareness, discernment, and your perceptions when making the best decisions. We will explore how these biases affect your personal relationships, judgments regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the day-to-day responses in working with others. Let's take a journey to provide clarity; removing the bias within your frame of reference. Use of group discussions and personal reflection will foster understanding of ethical, reflective practice with clients, personal diversity, and skill level in cultural humility, and increasing knowledge of diverse cultures within the helping professions.
Upon completion of this course attendees will earn 6 Category I Contact Hours, including 6 Ethics Hours.