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Unraveling Racism: Creating an Anti-Racism Awareness
A Research-Based 2-Day In-Person Training
This two-day, highly interactive workshop dives into racism, its real history, its systemic effect on U.S. society and its conditioning of U.S. citizens.
Dates: March 17-18, 2023
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Marriott Atlanta Northeast/ Emory Area
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Continuing Education: 14 Core Hours
Fees: NASW Member $130
Student $ 65 (Must provide a valid, current school ID
at Registration Sign-In Desk.
Coffee breaks and buffet lunch provided.
A Registration app is at the bottom of this page.
Hotel Accommodations: If you are seeking hotel accommodations, the Marriott Atlanta Northeast is offering a rate of $129/per night. Last Day to Book: Thursday, March 9, 2023. To make a hotel reservation, click here.
About the Training - Method of Presentation
This highly interactive workshop dives into racism, its actual history, its systemic effect on US society, and its conditioning of US citizens. By applying Critical Race Theory, Cultural Humility, and Social Learning Theory, participants will learn how racism has affected their lives and what they can do as individuals to confront racism and oppression. During the workshop, the facilitators will use empirically based interventions and practices and examine institutional, cultural, and individual racism as reflections
on racism. Through self-critique, small-group interactions, large-group discussions, video clips, and hands-on activities, participants will understand what it means to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive.
Twenty-nine qualitative and quantitative anti-racism research studies were used to develop this workshop.
Agenda: What is Racism
We will plunge into what is defined as Critical Race Theory and Social Learning Theory to see how racism continues today. Implicit racial bias will also be examined, and we also learn the Real, True History of the U.S. We will explore the past that wasn't fully taught to us growing up.
Additionally, participants will learn about the events that helped to advance White supremacy and shape modern racism today and the levels of racism-three types of racism will be discussed and what everyone can do to help reverse it.
**To learn more about this training and its facilitators visit
Dr. Dennis Cornell, DSW, LCSW, BCD Dennis has been practicing clinical social work for 20+ years. He received his Doctor of Social Work Education from the University of Kentucky in 2022. He is an Army Social Work Veteran and former equal opportunity leader for his units. As a social justice advocate, Dennis has lobbied for change for the LGBTQ+ community for many years. He has been a social justice educator, writer, professor, and facilitator of anti-racism and intersectionality. He was a member of the Black/African American Committee at the VA Medical Center. Dennis has led many workshops and presentations on race, sexual health, military behavioral health, and gender identity/sexual orientation.
Deborah Duncan, MSSW, LCSW Deborah has been practicing clinical social work for 24+ years. She earned her BSW at Western Kentucky University in 1998 and her MSSW from University of Louisville in 2001. She has experience as a regional program manager for a private social services agency, as well as extensive experience providing group therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, and child/family therapy. Deborah is currently an adjunct professor, and the program manager for the Post 9/11 Military to VA Program at a community medical center. She was the former chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Service-Level Committee, and the past chair of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Black/African American Special Emphasis Committee.
COVID Health & Safety Protocols
Our goal is to hold a safe event, recognizing it is not possible to remove all risks, in particular concerning COVID-19. We intend to make every effort to provide a safe environment. In order to do so, we are requiring all registrants to provide an attestation regarding their vaccination status (there is no requirement to provide proof of vaccination). In addition, registrants will be required to consent to a waiver of liability related to COVID. NASW-GA will monitor applicable state and local requirements and public health recommendations and update the policies below as appropriate to best protect the health and safety of attendees. Please check this website periodically for updates.
COVID-19 Attestation Requirement.
All registrants must attest that they are either (1) up to date on their COVID vaccinations (as defined by the CDC), or (2) if they are not up to date, that they will take an antigen (rapid) test within 48 hours of the event and refrain from attending if testing positive. Under current CDC guidelines, being up to date means one has completed the primary vaccination series and has received the most recent booster dose recommended by the CDC. All registrants are strongly encouraged to be up to date on their vaccinations. Please provide your attestation below by typing your name and clicking the "Send" button below. Your COVID Attestation must be received by NASW Georgia prior to registering for this event. The COVID Attestation does not
register you for the event. You must register using the "Register Now" button at the bottom of this page.
Registrants are not required to wear a mask while attending the event. Of course, they may do so if desired. Registrants will be expected to take reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of COVID transmission and to behave responsibly. We ask all registrants to be vigilant in monitoring their health. If you have COVID or suspect you may be infected but do not yet have test results, please do not attend the event. For information on preventing the spread of the virus to others, see the CDC guidance on isolation and precautions for people with COVID. Also, if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID, please follow the CDC guidance on precautions to take after exposure.
Waiver of Liability Related to COVID-19
NASW-GA and Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area (the Venue) have taken
enhanced health and safety measures for event registrants related to COVID-19.
Nevertheless, attendance at the Unraveling Racism: Creating an Anti-Racism
Awareness: A Research Based – 2 Day In-Person Training (Event) may give rise to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Although the safety of Event attendees is our highest priority, NASW-GA cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected as a result of their participation. In order to attend the Event, we require that all registrants consent to a waiver of liability related to COVID-19. Please carefully review the waiver that follows and indicate your consent below.
I acknowledge the contagious and evolving nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to the virus at the Event and become infected as a result. I accept sole responsibility for any potential illness or other harm to myself (and any associated expense) related to contracting the virus while attending the Event. I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless NASW, its employees, agents, and representatives from all liability of any kind related to COVID-19. I will comply with all COVID-related policies that may be implemented by NASW and the Venue. Relay your agreement with this waiver by typing your name in the box below and clicking the "Send" button: Your signature must be received by NASW Georgia prior to registering for this event. The COVID Waiver of Liability does not register you for the event. You must register using the "Register Now" button at the bottom of this page.
NASW-GA Anti-Harassment Policy
NASW-GA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for professional participation for all our members, partners, and other conference attendees. Our strength as an association is our people, and we cherish their diversity and strive for equity and inclusion. We value all our attendees equally, and will not accept any treatment at the event, or in any sphere of Association business, that undermines this value. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by this policy.
Our conferences and other meeting events, including those conducted virtually, are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, color, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or other personal characteristic. In keeping with the Social Work Code of Ethics we expect that all participants and conference staff treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual and cultural and
ethnic diversity. We have a zero-tolerance policy for hostile or harassing conduct directed toward event participants in any form, including at related social events.
Unacceptable behavior includes offensive verbal comments related to one of the above characteristics, as well as intimidation, stalking, the use of harassing photography or audio or video recording, disruption of presentations or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Reporting Hostile or Harassing Conduct
If you are being harassed or know of someone being harassed, please contact a member of NASW-GA staff immediately. A staff member may be contacted
at the registration desk, by calling 678-538-9873 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff are committed to assisting participants, which includes contacting [include if appropriate -- venue security or] local law enforcement, providing participants with necessary support, and follow up or assisting participants to determine what is needed for them to feel safe.
Consequences for Policy Violations
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, NASW-GA may take any action deemed appropriate, including removal from the event with no refund, and imposing restrictions on attendance at future events.
An Ethics Mini-Conference:
Ethical Practice Improves Professional Practice
**Monday, March 27th Session has been postponed to April 6, 9 to 11 am.
Dates: March 27-30, 2023
CE Credits Awarded: 2 CE's per Ethics Workshop
Earn a total of 8 CE's for attending all workshops
Platform: Virtual | Zoom
Monday, March 27th | Time 9 am - 11 am
Topic: Risk Management in Social Work Practice
Facilitators - Jan N. Yates and Betty Watts
2 CE Hours
Jan N. Yates, ACSW, BCD, LCSW
Jan N. Yates has over 40 years of experience working in Social Work. She has worked in Inpatient Mental Health, O/P Therapy, Hospice and Crisis Services as a clinician, supervisor, and administrator. She has held faculty positions at Tift College, Wesleyan College, and University of Georgia School of Social Work. She has provided consultation for nursing homes, dialysis centers as well as supervised social work staff and interns. Jan is married to Ed Leysath, a retired
Rehabilitation Counselor. She and her husband have
a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs in their home in Forsyth. She retired in 2016; however, involvement in various volunteer activities and hobbies keep her active and challenged.
Betty Watts, LMSW
Betty Watts is the Program Chair for the Social Work Assistant Program at Athens Technical College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Presbyterian College and a Masters’ Social Work Degree (MSW) with a
concentration in Mental Health and two specializations, one in Business Management and the other in Family Therapy from Washington University. Mrs. Watts is a veteran and a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is a life member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social
Sciences and is actively involved in her community and professional associations
including the National Association of Social Workers (currently the Secretary
for the Chapter Board of Directors for NASW-GA), the Georgia School of
Addiction Studies Board and the Georgia College and Universities Suicide Prevention Steering Committee.
Tuesday, March 28th | Time: 9 am - 11 am
Topic: Essential Mental Health Ethics in the Post-COVID Era
Facilitator: Charlie Safford
2 CE Credits
Charlie Safford, LMSW
Charles Safford is the President and owner of yourceus.com, Inc., a company that develops and markets web-based and live continuing education training for mental health clinicians on a nationwide basis. Mr. Safford has been
providing counseling services since he received his graduate degree from Boston University in 1981 and has been in private practice since 1985. Since
moving to Atlanta in 1988, he has also been involved in developing and delivering innovative
training programs for numerous audiences. In 2001, he merged his training and therapy skills to create yourceus.com, Inc., a company that teaches and trains mental health clinicians on a nationwide basis, offering both live and
web-based programs encompassing the best and most recent knowledge and skills in the field of mental health.
Wednesday, March 29th | Time: 9 am - 11 am
Topic: Treading on Thin Ice - Common Ethical Violations of Social Workers
that Lead to Licensing Sanctions
Facilitator: Endsley Real
2 CE Credits
Endsley Real, LCSW
Endsley Real is a native of Atlanta and has been a social worker for 25 years. She obtained her MSW from Clark Atlanta University in 1997 and obtained an MPH from Emory University in 2014. Ms. Real has worked in a variety of settings and with many populations but much of her career has been in working with those with substance use disorders and mental illness. She has
over 10 years of administrative experience in directing programs for those with substance use disorders, mental illness, and those living with HIV. Ms. Real has
served on and chair of the education and nominating committees for Association of Social Work Boards, and is currently serving on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice committee as well as the Practice Analysis Taskforce. She served for 5 years on the State of Georgia Composite Board for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist including 2 years as the board chair. She has been with the Atlanta VA Health Care System for 10 years and is the
Professional Practice Specialist for the Social Work Service Line. She lives in the Emory area with her wife, Joan.
Thursday, March 30th | Time: 11:15 am - 1:15 am
Topic: Ethics and Inter-Personal Boundaries
Facilitator: Lucy R. Cannon
2 CE Credits
Lucy R. Cannon, Ed.D., LCSW, LICSW, CAADC
Dr. Lucy R. Cannon is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC, a training and consulting company in Metropolitan Atlanta. She is a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Georgia and Alabama. She has the following licenses and certifications; LCSW, LICSW, CCDP-D, and
MATS. Dr. Cannon has been a clinician, supervisor, director, and consultant of mental health and co-occurring disorders programs in inpatient and
outpatient healthcare organizations and
psychiatric hospitals in various states in the United States and Camp Zama, Japan. She is an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work. She is also a Facilitator/Speaker for the United States Navy Reserve Command. She is a
trainer for various local and national healthcare organizations. She also serves on various healthcare organizations, boards of directors, and advisory boards.
Fees: NASW-GA Members $20
Non-NASW-GA Members $45
Retired Members $15
*Registration is Closed
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