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Understanding Racism from a Personal and Professional Perspective

  • Friday, September 09, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Baltimore County Public Library, Cockeysville Branch 9833 Greenside Drive Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • 16


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Category 2 | CE Hours Awarded: 1.5 (Brown Bag Event)

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Gilbert Bliss | Co-presenter: Cathy Roberts


Phone: (410) 296-2986
Email: | Website:

COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the conclusion of the class, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand racism in the United States from a broad perspective.
  2. Define White Privilege and its impact on people of color in the United States.
  3. Identify how structural racism may have a part in their work.
  4. Take the information and experience of this workshop to further reflect upon attitudes and experiences about their personal race and identity.


This workshop is intended for clinicians at all levels. This course will move from a macro to a micro investigation about race and its effect on social work professionals and the profession's objectives of inclusion and equality of opportunity to participate in life. Participants will be invited to consider and share, as appropriate, their own attitudes and experiences.


12:00-12:10 Welcome and introductions
12:10-12:40 Content presentation
12:40-12:50 Question and answer period
12:50-1:20 Experiential exercise
1:20-1:30 Wrap up


  • Blackmon, Douglas, Slavery by Another Name
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi, The Beautiful Struggle
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi, Between The World And Me
  • DuBois, W. E. B., The Souls of Black Folk
  • Irving, Debbie, Waking Up White and Finding Myself In the Story of Race
  • McIntosh, Peggy, Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack (available online by googling the title)
  • Tatum, Beverly, “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?”
  • Tochluch, Shelly, Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to do It
  • Wise, Tim, White Like Me
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