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School Social Workers and the Fight for Racial Justice [Live Webinar]

September 30, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


Wednesday, September 30, 2020; 1:30–3:30 pm


Margaret  O’Donoghue, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice; Coordinator for the Certificate on Child Well Being Program, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Zachary A. King, MSW, LSW, works in a Newark area school system; and is an In-home Intensive  Community Counselor for Young Men.

About the Webinar

The closing of schools in March 2020 due to COVID-19 impacted at least 54.5 million elementary, middle and high school students in the U.S. and, in the process, highlighted the inequities in our school populations. As the pandemic spread, the Black Lives Matter movement galvanized a focus on the other, ever present, pandemic of racial injustice including income and wealth disparities, the over-policing of Black youth, food deficits, inadequate access to health and mental health, problems with housing stability, and access to educational technology and the internet.  School Social Workers as front-line workers are aware of the racial and social disparities so need to be part of the discussion, especially as we engage our young people in schools. To do so, however, SSWs need to be familiar with the current debates and efforts at solutions.

This workshop, facilitated by two seasoned school social workers, will provide a means of understanding and dissecting the current academic theories and social discourse around race affecting our work as school social workers. These will include the Black Lives Matter Movement, efforts to place social workers in police departments, the reparations debate, whiteness studies, white fragility, curriculum on race in Pre-K through 12th grade, segregationist, assimilationist and antiracist theory and the debate about the use of social workers as a form of social control.  Participants will leave this two hour workshop with a greater foundation for understanding the current conversations around race and a direction in facilitating and supporting young people as they navigate the issues.


The cost to members is $35; non-members $40; students/retirees $20.

CEH: 2 Social & Cultural Competence

This is a live webinar; participants must attend in person. To earn CEH and/or PDH credits live attendance and completion of an evaluation are required. CEH/PDH certificates will be emailed within 7-14 days of successful completion of the webinar and receipt of the session evaluation.


You may cancel any time up to one day prior to the webinar and receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations received on the day of the webinar or thereafter or for failures to attend.
If we are forced to cancel the webinar for any reason we will notify you via email and refund your payment.


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September 30, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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NJ United States


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