Uncovering Implicit Bias

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As service providers, we often engage with and serve marginalized communities. Though our stated values may be to positively support the people we serve, our unconscious biases may present a barrier to developing a trusting and meaningful rapport with our clients. This training aims to help participants expose their own implicit biases and offers key strategies to mitigate the impact of those biases for the people we serve. Practical tools for self-awareness and intervention will be explored in a safe and non-judgmental space.


11:45-12:00 PM|Virtual training room opens
12:00-12:10 PM| Welcome & introductions
12:10-1:00 PM  | Defining implicit and explicit bias; core concepts of implicit bias and related concepts
1:00-1:10 PM    | Break
1:10-1:35 PM    | Understanding the impact; measuring bias
1:35-2:00 PM    | Realigning priorities; debiasing strategies
2:00-2:15 PM    | Q&A

Learning objectives
When attendees return to the workplace, they will be able to:

  • Define and understand implicit and explicit bias
  • Summarize the impact of implicit bias on marginalized client populations
  • Identify three strategies for mitigating one’s own biases

Target Audience: Social service providers and helping professionals with direct client contact, clinical supervisors, agency administrators, and policy-makers
Social Work Practice Level: This course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, or advanced BSW/ MSW learners 
Course Delivery Format: Live webinar
Interactivity: This course will offer 15 minutes of Q&A time, as well as real-time polling, and group discussion prompts. 
Social Work Continuing Education Credit: 2 CE Credits*
Fees: $20 for general registration; additional $5 for registration with social work CE credit. 
Registration includes access to the live event and recording, PDF of slides, and relevant training tip sheets/resources.

Session Facilitators:

Ryan Villagran, MSW, LSW (they/them), joined Housing First University in June 2021 as a Training Specialist. Ryan holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University with a concentration in Communities & Policy. Their clinical background includes delivering psychiatric rehabilitation services in the mental health recovery model at a Community Integrated Recovery Center. Ryan also developed and coordinated a training program in a university setting for social workers serving transitional-aged youth and later taught a Human Behavior in the Social Environment course for graduate social work students. Ryan is involved in organizing efforts around ending mass incarceration and believes in the power of our collective imagination to dream of a better future centered around the most vulnerable members of our community.

Khalil Martin, MSW, LSW (he/him), joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2021 and currently works as a Training Specialist. Before this, Khalil worked as a Behavioral Health Therapist at runaway & homeless youth shelters throughout the tri-state area. Khalil also worked for Project HOME and assisted in the creation of the Gloria Casarez Residence, which is the first permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ+ young adults in Pennsylvania. Drawing from principles of feminist theory, Khalil uses a strength-based and person-centered approach to assist individuals in understanding and navigating various forms of oppression and how these systems impact one's personal and interpersonal experiences. Khalil received his Master’s degree in clinical social work from The University of Pennsylvania.