Through the Looking Glass: A Window into Understanding the Significance of Racial Identity and Culture in Family Engagement
Michelle Howard, American Humane Association, Washington, DC
This skills institute is intended to guide participants in increasing their awareness and knowledge of issues related to identity and culture; the weight of stereotypes and unexamined bias on family engagement, services, treatment and decisions in child welfare. Racial identity and culture are the embodiments of who we are and how we live our lives. It encapsulates a shared history and a set of common experiences forming a way of looking at the world. Attention to these factors will increase the practitioners understanding of their own perspectives and biases, as well as those of the families with whom they work. This interactive skills institute will help participants develop skills that will enhance their ability to engage culturally different groups based on the lens in which the family views and interacts with the world around them. This information is intended to expand knowledge rather than prescribe a particular behavior or strategy in working with a particular group, although some groups will be discussed to help apply the information and skills developed.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM