Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Social Justice

Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Social Justice: Skills for Engaging Clients and Others in Difficult Conversations

Presenter: Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD
Date: Friday, January 12, 2018, from 9am to 12pm
Location: Boca Raton campus, room SO112
Cost: $65


Within the past year, we have witnessed Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists marching through our streets, violent clashes between police and the African American community, and fear-based rhetoric about whether Muslims, Latinos, or other groups should be banned from immigrating to the United States. Despite the need to engage people with disparate views on these issues, social workers may find it challenging to open meaningful discussions, addressing real issues without demeaning one side or the other, and without glossing over important sources of conflict. This experiential workshop is designed to provide social workers with effective skills and strategies for engaging clients and others in difficult but necessary dialogues about race, religion, social identity, oppression, and social justice.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Engage clients and others in difficulty conversations about race, religion, oppression, and dialogue.
  • Identify and respond to impediments to effective dialog.
  • Apply an identity-based approach to engaging clients and others in meaningful conversations about race, religion, oppression, and social justice.

Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD is Professor of Social Work at FAU, where he teaches about professional ethics, social work practice, diversity, and conflict resolution. Dr. Barsky’s book authorships include Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions (Oxford University Press), Clinicians in Court (Guilford Press), and Ethics and Values in Social Work (Oxford University Press). He is Past Chair of the National Association of Social Work National Ethics Committee and a family mediator accredited by the Supreme Court of Florida. In 2015, Dr. Barsky won the NASW’s “Excellence in Ethics Award.” For further information on Dr. Barsky’s publications, please see http://www.barsky.org/publications.html

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