course »Engaging in ‘Necessary‘ Conversations about Race and Racism with System-Involved Families

Date: 8/30/2022, 9:15 am—12:45 pm
County: Training Offerings
CEUs: 3
Sponsor: Family Paths, Inc.
Phone: 510-893-9230
“Training Summary: What does it mean to have a ‘necessary’ conversation about race and racism? With all of the racial injustice that continue to witness year after year, and with a political divide wider than ever, we have reached a point of not being able to converse with each other across difference. A ‘necessary’ conversation challenges each person to move from a place of “calling out” another person to “calling them in”. How do we do that when it comes to talking about issues of race? This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to learn practical and immediately applicable skills to have a more effective dialogue across difference using guidelines that create a more conducive environment for sharing. Participants will practice by sharing their own examples of challenging conversations or social dynamics across race. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a ‘necessary’ conversation, particularly across difference, is imperative and how to set it up. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will unpack the ways early childhood socialization regarding race led us to internalize the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors about how to respond to racial stress and related conflict. Providers and caregivers in the child welfare or probation systems can practice and apply these skills and tools in their work with youth and families. Participants will be able to: -Explore and self-reflect on how our own environment growing up and our socialization sets the stage for how we handle talking about race -Identify our social groupings and the effect that has on engaging in a ‘necessary’ conversation around race and racism -Identify our social groupings and the effect that has on engaging in a ‘necessary’ conversation around race and racism -Identify and describe the assumptions and behaviors of competition vs. cooperation Learn how to view racism from both a personal/interpersonal level, as well as analyzing it from a systems and institutional level TO REGISTER