Do Our Biases Lead to Prejudice and Oppression

Date(s) - Apr 7
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ocean Beach Park


Friday, April 7, 2017
The Port n’ Starboard @ Ocean Beach Park
1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, Connecticut 06320
8:30AM – 12PM

This Cultural Skills and Diversity Training have been designed to assist practitioners with examining the causes of stereotypes and prejudices in our society. Participants will have an opportunity to explore biases and their affects on one’s professional role in the delivery of counseling and mental health services. The training program will introduce a cultural competence framework for effectively addressing diversity challenges within a professional setting.

Participants will be able to:
•  Develop insight into how one’s own cultural values may hinder the delivery of culturally relevant and effective counseling and
mental health services.
•  Identify strategies and empowerment techniques for managing cross cultural miscommunication, prejudice and oppressive behaviors.
•  List two cultural skills one may integrate into one’s own professional practice.

Presenter Bio:
Deoshore F. Haig, LCSW, Director of Haig and Associates Consulting, is a social worker and consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with culturally diverse communities and organizations. Deoshore received her Bachelors of Arts from Potsdam College, Master of Social Work from Rhode Island College and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Rhode Island.

Ms. Haig has particular expertise in designing and conducting diversity and cultural competence need assessments and organizational development. Deoshore draws on years of experience and research to implement best practices in diversity and cultural competence. Ms. Haig is skilled at creating safe, non-threatening learning environments where all participants are respected for their life experiences, values, and perspectives. Individuals’ well-being is always of the utmost importance to her. Her facilitation provides structured opportunities for dialogue and frameworks for critical analysis to foster an optimal climate for learning. She recognizes that conflict is an inherent part of the transformation process, and takes full advantage of its potential to cultivate change agents with the vision and hope to see new possibilities and solutions.

8:30 – 8:45AM Registration & Welcome & Introduction
8:45 – 12:00PM “Do Our Biases Lead to Prejudice and Oppression” (there will be 15 minute break during workshop)

CE Credits & Licensing Information:  This workshop has been approved for 3 CEC’s in cross-cultural practice and qualifies for re-licensure in CT and RI.

This Workshop is Co-Sponsored by the Connecticut and Rhode Island Chapters of the NASW.