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Building Bridges: Fostering Healing & Connections in Our Communities


Preconvention Institute Speakers


November 17-20, 2016
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel

35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Option #1: Full-day Preconvention Institute—Thursday, November 17, 2016—9:00am-4:00pm (6.0 CEUs)

Dr. Virginia Todd Holeman

Foster Healing and Connections through Forgiveness

Abstract: Individuals, couples, families, and groups experience hurt and betrayal. Forgiveness is one effective approach that social workers can use to facilitate healing.  Using lecture and participation activities, this workshop explores the factors that facilitate or frustrate forgiveness for many individuals, families, or groups. Attendees will also explore and experience three different forgiveness interventions: Worthington’s REACHing for forgiveness, Hargrave’s forgiveness model for familial breaches of trust, and a mindfulness approach to forgiveness. 

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Option #2: Half-day Preconvention Institute—Thursday, November 17, 2016—1:00pm-4:00pm (3.0 CEUs)

Dr. Carla MacDonald

Building Intercultural Competence in Social Work Practice: 
   The Basic Steps towards Acquiring Proficiency


Abstract: This session will examine the relationship between effective social work practice and intercultural competence.  Specifically, the preconvention institute will examine the connection between social workers who have received preparation and training on the topic of intercultural competence and their self-assessment processes for providing services to diverse cultures. It will also look at a more contemporary term, Cultural Humility, as we discuss methods for respectful partnerships with clients in order to explore differences and similarities between our own and each clients’ values, priorities and goals. Respectful partnerships are important not only with clients but with colleagues, students, and our greater communities. 

A literature review will be presented which examines the impact made by culturally competent and humbled social workers and the positive influence upon services when serving clientele from a culturally diverse background.  For social work practitioners, intercultural competence and humility can provide the platform for understanding the connection with effective social work practice. 

Studies have found that intercultural competence can be measured via a multiplicity of validated instruments commonly used in the global contexts of vocational and educational environments.  Examples of such instruments are the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES) and the Global Competency Inventory (GCI), both validated instruments to measure intercultural competence. Session participants will complete the IES in order to provide each individual with a hands-on experience with assessing their own proficiency level.  Each participate will then develop a working plan for gaining a higher level of competency.  A pre and posttest will be utilized to review cultural humility and foster discussion on what social work practitioners can do to expand this skill as well. 

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Option #3: Full-day Preconvention Institute—Thursday, November 17, 2016—9:00am-4:00pm (6.0 CEUs)


NACSW's Racial Justice Member Interest Group

The Intersection of Faith and Racial Justice: Addressing Racism from a Christian Social Work Perspective

Abstract: This preconvention institute will be presented by members of NACSW's Racial Justice Member Interest Group, coordinated by Dr. Linda Darrell. This session will feature a powerful experiential component, designed to engage participants in a process of racial justice/injustice education and deep reflection. This session is designed to create a safe space for activating transformative conversations about race and justice.

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