The Impact of Race on the Delivery of Mental Health Services: The Culture of Whiteness

The Center for the Study of White American Culture

Social and cultural factors impact the relationship of the white practitioner with clients, communities and colleagues of color. This workshop presents an opportunity for mental health providers of all racial backgrounds to develop an understanding of the dynamics of these relationships through the exploration of the racialized structure of U.S. society and white racial identity. Racial self-identification, the historical development of white racial identity, and current white cultural approaches to racial difference will be addressed. In addition, the impact of white racial identity on cross-racial alliance-building and the effective delivery of clinical services will be explored through discussion that incorporates small group work and case vignettes. Participants will learn how an awareness of the racialized structure of U.S. society offers an opportunity to build meaningful and authentic relationships, and how a lack of awareness creates distance and distrust.

Objectives

  • Identify the ways in which social and cultural factors bear upon the relationship of the white practitioner to clients, communities, and colleagues of color, including the impact on cross-racial alliance-building and the effective delivery of clinical services.
  • Understand how an awareness of the racialized structure of U.S. society offers an opportunity to build meaningful and authentic relationships across race and how a lack of awareness creates distance and distrust.
  • Define the concept of racialization, including self-identification and white racial identification, and how these processes impact the racial structure within the U.S.
  • Understand that a complete and competent awareness of the racial structure of U.S. society must include white racial identity, as white people and white racial identity are a significant part of this structure.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013                     Time: 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:00 – 9:30a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a beginner level training.

CEUs: Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5 CEUs in Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

In accordance with ASWB and NBCC guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions and Parking Information:
Please visit: http://www.conferencenj.com/directions.html. Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until November 8, 2013. After November 8th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on November 8th.

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