Silberman SSW in collaboration with the Institute for Infants, Children and Families, JBFCS
Instructor: Tonia Spence and Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok | Thursdays 5:00pm - 6:30pm | Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 14, 21; Dec. 5 | $350 | Course Code: SWDIV
Location: JBFCS, 135 West 50th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
Service providers interact with children, families and professionals from a wide range of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, suggesting a critical need for cultural competency and a resource-rich diversity practice model. To better engage and work with populations from different backgrounds, it’s essential for providers to be aware of how their own race, class and life experiences bear upon the therapeutic relationship, and how to use diversity awareness models to guide interventions.
In this five-session confidential, safe forum, veteran cultural competency trainers, Tonia Spence and Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, will lead participants through a series of discussions and exercises designed to reveal biases and institutional racism. Moving beyond multicultural understanding, this seminar focuses on an understanding of racism, where it comes from, how it functions, how organizations perpetuate it and how it can be undone in practice.
- Gain greater familiarity with the concept of historical trauma and understand how it may affect interactions with service providers.
- Explore racism and racial identities, uncover differences and misunderstandings with integrity, openness and grace—and bridge cultural, religious, racial and economic divisions.
- Learn how to embed the principles of diversity-informed practice into work with clients.
- Become familiar with the latest publications related to diversity-informed practice.
About the Instructors:
Tonia M. Spence, LCSW, MS Ed, is Director of Clinical Services at the Child Development Center (CDC) of JBFCS. She returned to CDC after being on faculty at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) where she served as a clinician in its Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic (OPC) and did a year in their Post Graduate Fellowship. She holds a Masters in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters in Social Work from CUSSW. She has been a middle school teacher in NYC public schools, a Special Education Itinerant Teacher for the CDC and YAI. She has also trained and worked at CDC as a clinician for 4 years working with children ages 3-12 and their families. Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Spence spent a year in the Post Graduate Fellowship Program at YCSC-OPC.
Tonia serves on the board of the NY Zero-to-Three Network and is active in JBFCS’s Confronting Organizational Racism Initiative and various caucuses that address anti-racist issues. Her organization has been establishing Racial Competencies as part of its staff training.
Dr. Shahmoon Shanok is founding director of the Institute for Infants, Children & Families, JBFCS, which reaches young, underserved children and their families with transdisciplinary, model services, post-degree training for providers of all disciplines and state-of-the-science consultation to government, systems and agencies. Rebecca is founder, past co-president, and active member of the NY Zero-to-Three Network. With degrees and experience in clinical psychology, social work and early childhood education, she has extensive experience in psychoanalysis and infant mental health and is a pioneer in integrating mental health consultation and services into childcare and Head Start programs. Rebecca lectures and consults throughout North America and abroad and has been widely published.
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*All participants are required to pay a one-time $20 registration fee each semester.