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Settling into the Discomfort: The Ethics of Anti-Racist Social Work Practice
Saturday, October 03, 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Category: Virtual Trainings

Settling into the Discomfort: The Ethics of Anti-Racist Social Work Practice Race

Racism, and white supremacy have been unavoidable subjects within recent months due to the increased recognition of societal racial injustice.  With the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and the heightened awareness of structural violence perpetrated against Black and Brown bodies, there has been a renewed call for clinical social workers to examine their practice and their personal biases. This current moment tasks us in—individually and collectively--evaluating our behaviors and policies alongside our professional ethical principles, standards, and values.

Per our NASW and CSWA codes of ethics, using the frameworks of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, this workshop will challenge us to question what we know and what we think we know about race, racism, and white supremacy from the viewpoints of inside and outside of the treatment room.

Join us as we discourse about the ethical tenets of anti-oppressive social work practice.

This workshop will include discussion and experiential exercises. After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify one principal of critical race theory that is relevant to mental health practice.
  • Recognize how one might decolonize their mental health treatment practice and education.
  • Apply social work ethics related to anti-oppression to their current practice.
  • Consider how to leverage privilege towards social justice.


Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS earned his Masters’ of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University in 2014. Following graduation, he provided mental health treatment and case management to diverse populations in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and the community.  His practice experience includes hospital social work, mental health, and addiction treatment, in addition to people involved in the legal system. Although grounded in relational-experiential approaches to mental health treatment, Hayden has been trained in advanced trauma modalities and remains curious about all forms of mental health treatments. In service to the profession, he has served as communications chair of the board of directors and vice-president to the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work. Hayden is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work.  His research is in examining the psychosocial challenges impacting people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals. He is also interested in seeking advanced methods to intervene on providers’ implicit and explicit biases. In response to racial injustice within the mental health practitioner community, Hayden wrote an article that was featured on Medium titled “An Invitation to White Therapists” it has since been widely used in direct practice education, consultation, and supervision.

This conference provides 2 contact hours of continuing education credit for social workers. Certificates will be provided following the training.

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Registration fees

Members: Free of Charge

Non-Members: $40

Non-Member Students: $12

Presented by: Hayden Dawes

Contact: [email protected]