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(NEW) Online Training – Implicit Bias and Racial Trauma

October 12 Login to Zoom.com 12:30pm ; Training 12:45pm-4:00pm (EDT) $79, 3 Ethics or 3 Diversity CEUs Presenter: Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Please Note: This workshop is NOT eligible for the “Bring a Friend” discount.

Implicit bias is inherent in all living things.  Our brains scan for signs of danger or difference, and our bodies respond instinctually to what we sense is safe and to what we fear or have experienced as unpleasant.  Unlike explicit bias, implicit bias is nonverbal and often unconscious, it goes unrecognized.  In the context of racial hatred and threats of violence, people of color experience threat on a daily basis.   As is true for battered wives or abused children or soldiers in wartime, danger is ever-present even when nothing frightening is happening—whether it is the danger of violence or the risk of humiliation.

Because implicit bias is always present, therapists must become aware of their own implicit biases in order to be effective in building trust, especially when working with clients of color.

Most white therapists have been trained to be ‘color blind’ rather than comfortable initiating discussions on race or microaggression.   Rarely are therapists trained to understand the potential effects of their skin color or educational status on the client.  Awareness of our implicit biases is a sign of health, not a sign of being ‘racist.’

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives

  • Define the meaning of implicit and explicit bias
  • Describe ‘racial trauma’
  • Assess the role of race and racial bias in client’s presenting issues
  • Demonstrate awareness of our own implicit biases
  • Define racial microaggression
  • Give three examples of common microaggressions in clinical settings
  • Demonstrate ability to validate experiences of racism and microaggression
  • Articulate two practical tools for creating a sense of safety for clients of color


12:45 pm — 1:45 pm

  • Understanding Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias
    • How unconscious implicit bias affects both therapist and client
    • Color-blindness, color-vigilance, and color awareness
    • Other types of implicit bias common in our culture

1:45 — 1:53      BREAK

1:53 pm — 2:53 pm

  • Racism as Traumatic Threat
    • Acts of violence toward people of color create a sense of danger
    • Predictable vs unpredictable threat
    • How being threatened affects the body, mind and nervous system

2:53 pm — 3:00 pm   BREAK

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm

  • Implicit Bias Leads to Unconscious and Conscious Microaggressions
    • Defining ‘microaggression’
    • How clinical settings can be microaggressive
  • Creating Safe Environments for BIPOC clients
    • Increasing awareness of implicit bias and its manifestations
    • Overcoming therapist fears of talking about race
    • Validating client experiences of racism and microaggression rather than emphasizing behavior change