Positive Disruption and Story Telling as Acts of Social Justice

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Positive Disruption and Story Telling as Acts of Social Justice

Friday, November 12, 2021

9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST


Presenter: Laura Quiros, PhD.,LMSW

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member: $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description

Positive disruption is defined as a practice tool designed to open up exclusive spaces. This practice principle is grounded in compassion and empathic accountability. This workshop will focus on the use of self and positive disruption in social work leadership and practice. Participants will gather as a community in a brave space of learning for 3 hours to learn how to use themselves in the practice of positive disruption. Participants will emerge from this workshop with a deeper awareness of implicit bias and the connection between their identity, positionalities and their work. Participants will learn tools, such as the intentional use of story telling, to use themselves to open up exclusive spaces and connect more sincerely with the social justice mission of social work 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between our identity, our positionalities and our work.
  • Use ourselves to open up exclusive spaces within social work leadership and practice.
  • Form a deeper connection between the personal and the professional and to help others to do the same.
  • Identify and interrupt bias within various social work practice settings.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Laura Quiros, PhD., LMSW, is is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University for the past eleven years. She teaches social work practice at the Doctoral and Master’s level. Her research and scholarly interests focus on the social construction of racial and ethnic identity and trauma informed care from a social justice lens. The common thread in her consulting, teaching and scholarship is elevating complexity and furthering the mission of social justice, including diversity and inclusion. Laura works to find spaces in and outside of the classroom to advance inclusion within organizations, which to me means taking a look at the ways that “whiteness” is maintained in organizational cultures and supporting organizations to become more racially literate. She coaches, trains and facilitates dialogues with executive level staff across higher education, corporate and non-profits to dig deep and sincerely connect to diversity and inclusion. Some of this work involves gently pushing the boundaries of overcoming the resistance to talking candidly about whiteness and unpacking diversity and inclusion work. Much of this has been accomplished through relationship building. I use my relationship building and clinical skills as a way to foster connection, inclusion and empathic accountability. The intersection for her is clear, as a woman of color from a very multicultural background, she could only survive through relationship building. Negotiating her identity required her to create safe enough and brave spaces in order to survive and thrive. Her practice is one of liberation, love and generosity. .  



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November 12th, 2021 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 60.00
Non-Member $ 75.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $ 0.00