The Circle of Insight: Promoting Social Justice Practice

Anthony Nicotera, JD, DSW, LSW

This 2-hour workshop will introduce participants to the Circle of Insight, a tool that was created by and has been used by the presenter for 17 years in teaching university social work social justice courses. Attendees will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of the Circle of Insight, as well as participate in an interactive workshop that engages them in its practical application, exercises, and practices that will enhance their ability to integrate social justice theory into their practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Circle of Insight process and tool as it relates to social justice
  • Apply the Circle of Insight process and tool to socially just practice scenarios
  • Develop strategies for utilizing the Circle of Insight in socially just service provision

Welcome & Overview
Four Quadrants Exercise
Integrating social justice pedagogy & theory into service provision

International Federation of Social Workers’ five ways to define and understand the promotion of social justice
Circle of Insight activity
Strategies for engaging in socially just service provision

CEs: 2 Social and Cultural Competence
Level: Intermediate

About the Presenter
Anthony Nicotera has his law and social work degrees, is an educator, clinician, development professional, licensed social worker and counselor, multifaith spiritual practitioner, and leader. He has over 20 years of spiritual and clinical counseling, coaching, and teaching experience, as well as nonprofit leadership and management experience.

Anthony serves as Assistant Professor at Seton University, in the Social Work Program, teachers social justice, peacemaking, multi-faith leadership courses as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, and directs NYU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Spirituality and Social Work. He partnered with Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to create the mixed-media films Planting Seeds of Mindfulness for Children, and The 5 Powers, which won best film at The People’s Film Festival in Harlem, NY. Dr. Nicotera also helped found Newark New Jersey’s Cristo Rey High School.
He is a member of, and has served on the National Council of, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace organization committed to nonviolence.

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