A Thousand Nicks Add Up: Ethical Considerations in Addressing & Preventing Microaggressions in Social Work Practice

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A Thousand Nicks Add Up: Ethical Considerations in Addressing & Preventing Microaggressions in Social Work Practice

Friday, March 1st, 2024

9:00am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW


NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional 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
Microaggressions are an extremely common experience amongst minority individuals today; therefore, to practice ethically, it is essential that mental health clinicians obtain the knowledge, skills, and ability to both help clients navigate such experiences and prevent further harm by avoiding inadvertent microaggressions in therapy practice. “The American Psychological Association (2003) stresses the importance of being aware of oneself as a racial and cultural being, as well as being aware of the cultural worldviews of one’s clients” (Williams, Shamp & Harris, 2017).”  Unfortunately, social workers and mental health professionals  may sometimes engage in the reinforcement of stereotypes, discrimination, and perpetration of microaggressions which tend to run contrary to these professional recommendations (Sue et al., 2007).
This interactive workshop will take a deep dive into defining and exploring examples of microaggressions and the impact of microaggressions on individual well-being. Through the use of video clips, discussion and reflective activities, participants will be encouraged to explore their own cultural worldview, engage in the practice of cultural humility, and learn strategies to mitigate the perpetration of microaggressions, toward assisting clients in healing from the daily experience of microaggressions.


Learning Objectives

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

1. Define and describe the connection between implicit bias, stereotyping, and microaggressions
2. Identify at least two examples of how microaggressions show up in the therapeutic relationship
3. Explain the impact microaggressions may have on the receiver of such attacks.
4. Describe ways to apply strategies to practice cultural humility and mitigate harm in the therapeutic relationship.

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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Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW. Crystal is an educator, an advocate, a survivor, and a self-proclaimed thriver!  For the past 25 years she has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to elevate and amplify the voices of individuals and communities, to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving.  Crystal has worked alongside professionals to create trauma informed, culturally inclusive and person-centered spaces.  Her work experiences include advocacy within the child welfare system, oversight of child and youth programs, crisis hotline response, delivery of community based mental health services and implementing trauma informed strategies and programs for school districts.  Throughout these experiences she has had the opportunity to gain essential knowledge and skills related to individual, community and collective trauma.  She has been called upon to provide training, coaching and consultation across the nation in the subject areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Community and Collective Care, Child Trauma & Maltreatment and Racial Trauma.  Crystal serves as an adjunct at Florida State University and Southwestern College where she teaches courses on Trauma Informed Social Work and Multicultural Counseling, respectively.  She is a fierce advocate for social justice and leads courageously to dismantle oppressive systems and create equitable and just services, policies, and programs.  


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March 1st, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $0.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 3.0