Understanding Sexual Harassment: The Not-So Hidden Acts of Privilege and Power

Rupa Khetarpal, LCSW & Julie Roebuck, LCSW

Course Description:
Sexual harassment is a prevalent and pervasive social epidemic that has a devastating impact on our community. This course will increase participants’ understanding of the dynamics of sexual harassment, the relationship with privilege and power, and its varied faces while increasing awareness about appropriate responses and interventions. The workshop will use dynamic interactive breakout sessions and audiovisual tools to explore the psychological impact, aftermath, and empowerment strategies for survivors of sexual harassment. Participants will explore appropriate responses for survivors as they disclose or report in the media, within social work classrooms, in private practice settings, in agency settings, and within your communities. Countertransference exercises will be utilized to examine the impact of power and control on clinicians.

Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the dynamics of sexual harassment
2. List appropriate interventions with sexual harassment
3. Explain sexual harassment from a multi-cultural and diverse perspective
4. Identify ethical considerations while responding to sexual harassment

Presenter Biographies:
Julie Roebuck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has 25 years of experience working with clients who have histories of trauma, including but not limited to victims of domestic violence sexual violence and child abuse. She is also a part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University School of Social Work where she shares her expertise in working with different types of trauma and providing effective clinical interventions.

Rupa M. Khetarpal is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University, School of Social Work. She has over 15 years of practice experience with survivors of trauma, both domestic and international including Africa, South Asia, Middle East, Balkan, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Her clinical practice has included working with survivors of torture, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence. She has also worked extensively on developing cross cultural competencies within various systems in responding to trauma survivors in New Jersey. She currently manages the MSW Violence Against Women and Children Certificate Program (VAWC-CP), that offers specialized education through the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers University. She received her MSW from the Rutgers School of Social Work and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program. She maintains a private practice in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date: May 31, 2019 Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30am – 10:30am Welcome and overview
Dynamics of sexual harassment
10:30 – 11:30am Interventions with Sexual Harassment
11:30 – 11:35am Morning Break
11:35 – 12:35pm Interventions with Sexual Harassment, Continued
12:35 – 1:20pm Lunch on your own
1:20 – 2:20pm Sexual violence within our multicultural environment
2:20 – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25 – 3:30pm Ethical considerations while responding to sexual harassment
Applying the NASW code of ethics to sexual harassment

Target Audience: Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health professionals. This course is appropriate for intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, 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. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for this course. ACE Provider Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers completing this course will receive 2 social and cultural competency, 2 clinical, 1 ethics continuing education credits.

Understanding Sexual Harassment: The Not-So Hidden Acts of Privilege and Power, Course #2472, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved ContinuingEducation (ACE) program to be offered by Family Connections, Inc. as an individual course.Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincialregulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may beaccepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/10/2019 -04/10/2021. Social workers completing this course received 2 Social and Cultural Competence,2 Clinical Practice and 1 Ethics continuing education credits.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at nstromko@familyconnectionsnj.org

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until May 20, 2019. Cancellations must be made by May 28, 2019.

To register, please click here.

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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