Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Unveiling and Disrupting the Legacy of Racism in Social Work Education

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Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Unveiling and Disrupting the Legacy of Racism in Social Work Education

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST


Presenter: Cecily Mitchell-Harper, LMSW

NASW-NYS Members: $15

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $20

Non-Members: $20

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 1.5 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

As Social Workers we are called to reform, dismantle or abolish racist and oppressive systems we work within and beside (NASW, 2020). Part of this dismantling must include a critical analysis of the ways in which racism is perpetuated within the Social Work profession. Utilizing concepts from Narrative Theory and Critical Race Theory, the presenter will engage in a critical analysis of Social Work history, identifying the stories and narratives that are told and the ones that are not told. This program will describe mindsets and strategies that enable participants to engage in Social Work practice that fully embodies the core values of the profession. 


Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe Epistemological Racism as a form of racism in the education and practice of Social Work
  • Explain ways to apply concepts from Narrative Theory and Critical Race Theory, to engage in a critical analysis of Social Work education
  • Identify the ways racism is perpetuated, and ways to disrupt racism within Social Work education
  • Describe ways to apply a healing-centered lens to social work practice

This workshop is approved for 1.5 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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Cecily Mitchell-Harper, LMSW, is a NYS Licensed Social Worker with a passion and specialty for integrating research into practice, with a particular focus on developing transformative practices and processes to support programs that serve racially marginalized youth and families. She practices with an anti-oppressive, anti-racist and decolonial lens.

Cecily received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice. As a seasoned Licensed Social Worker, Cecily has extensive experience practicing in various settings, including schools, human service organizations and research centers. Cecily has clinical experience providing trauma-informed therapeutic services to children and families including those involved in the child-welfare system. Additionally, Cecily has several years of experience providing technical assistance and evaluation expertise to strengthen program capacity and inform programmatic decision making in youth-serving non-profit organizations, utilizing an anti-oppressive, racial equity lens.

Cecily currently provides professional development training, coaching and consultation services to youth serving non-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include creating healing centered organizational practices and cultures to support holistic wellbeing, supporting direct service staff in their own healing from secondary/vicarious trauma and utilizing a continuous improvement framework to support institutional change. Additionally, Cecily is an active member of the NYS Chapter of NASW, where she serves on the NASW, NYS Revolutionize Leadership Team and provides continuing education professional development for NYS Social Workers. Furthermore, Cecily has presented at various professional conferences and events, serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a Certified Field Instructor and Mentor for graduate Social Work students with assignments at Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. 


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June 28th, 2023 from  6:30 PM to  8:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $15.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $20.00
Non-Member $20.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00