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Is Cultural Competence Enough for Social Justice?

Live Interactive Webinar

Is Cultural Competence Enough for Social Justice?

Is Cultural Competence Enough for Social Justice?

March 4, 2023

10:00 am - 2:30 pm EST

Duration: 4.5 hours

Total CE: 4

Ethics CE: 4

Content Level: Advanced

Location: Live Interactive Webinar

Regular Registration: $120

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In 2021, the NASW updated its Code of Ethics principle "Cultural Awareness and Social Diversity'' to "Cultural Competence," stating that it was more operational and aligned with other allied professionals. Although, this change in language was supposed to signal a more significant commitment to inclusion, more progressive social workers believe that "anti-racist" would be a more decisive word choice to address the current social ills and the systematic and individual disenfranchisement of people of color. Or those who do not identify as Christain heterosexual white males. This workshop will explore how a trauma-informed approach can cultivate an anti-racist perspective and build greater organizational and personal resilience. Participants will examine how to develop self-awareness as the first step toward building a greater appreciation for multifaceted identities and creating inclusive workplaces. Lastly, participants will discuss whether "cultural competency" is sufficient to facilitate social justice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the five steps in racial healing
  • Describe the aptitudes that support resiliency and a person's ability to bounce back from adversity
  • Summarize how being anti-racist supports being trauma-informed
  • Provide three examples of individuals behaviors that promote an inclusive workplace
  • Provide three examples of organizational behaviors that promote an inclusive workplace

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10:00 am

Participants will introduce themselves and explore the NASW Code of Ethics specifically examining how the code of ethics should be used to guide the professional conduct of social workers. Participants will discuss the balancing of professionals ethics and personal ethics


Participants will examine the theory of racial identity development and explore how racism is the leading social determinant for lower physical, emotional and spiritual health and, ultimately, early death. The concept of white supremacy will be explored, and examples will be provided of how it has been internalized and externalized in American society. Participants will engage in a racial healing exercise and identify potential values of the NASW Code of Ethics that could have been influenced by white supremacy.




Participants will explore the unique role and needs of organizations serving high-risk populations and how a trauma-informed approach can guide their mission. The parallel process of being trauma-informed will be explored and participants will contrast trauma-informed principles and the ethical principle of cultural competency. Specifically, participants will examine the trauma-informed principle of pushing back against the status-quo and evaluate it against social work’s ethical responsibility in social justice.




Participants will examine how self-awareness is the core competency to enhance the profession's pursuit of social justice and equity. Participants will review organizational practices that promote more inclusion, push back against the status-quo and prevent adverse childhood experiences




Ms. Ebony Davis serves as our Lead Consultant and is dedicated to building pathways for disenfranchised communities to move up the social, political, and economic ladder. She has over ten years of experience in project management, training, technical assistance, behavioral health, and working with high-risk populations. She is a graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Southern California, where she received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration. Ebony comes with many diverse experiences including working with the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, YMCA, Crystal Stairs Inc., SAMSHA, Department of Justice, and the Office of the Public Defender. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and dancing.

Fee & Registration

The cost for this course is $75 before Feb 26, 2023 and $120 from February 27 - March 3, 2023, this fee includes CE credit. Registration normally ends 48 hours prior to the course state date.

For questions, concerns, or to request special accommodations, please call: (202)-670-4668

Registrants can make accommodations requests during registration. All accommodation requests should be sent to 72 hours before training to ensure that the best effort can be made to make those accommodations.

Additional Information about our training protocol can be found in our Resiliency Training Institute Handbook. Participants can find this handbook on our website or by clicking the link above.

Course Completion Requirements/Attendance Policy


Class starts at the time advertised and late arrivals will not be accepted into class. Participants who arrive late can receive a 50% voucher that can be used for training in the future. This 50% voucher is typically only good for 90 days. Late arrivals forfeit continuing education credits.


Participants who leave early forfeit their CE. If an emergency should occur where a participant needs to leave early, they can receive a 50% voucher that can be used for future training. This voucher typically expires in 90 days.

Continuing Education Distribution

In-person training will distribute CE certificates at the end of the course, once the instructor receives participant’s course evaluations. Instructors are required to submit sign in-sheets and evaluations to the Lead Consultant within three business days of the training. Participants who participate in a live-interactive webinar training will be prompted to download their certificate at the end of the training by submitting a survey/evaluation. A link to the survey/evaluation will be distributed at the end of the class via the chat room and email. Please be advised that participants must submit their course evaluation forms to receive a certificate. Certificates are available immediately for download after the survey/evaluation is submitted.

Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit.

New Jersey accepts only individual approved courses/conferences.

New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.

District of Columbia accepts ASWB approved providers.

Maryland accepts ASWB-approved providers.

Grievance Policy for Training and Technical Assistance Department

Procedures for external

Butler & Davis Consulting will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Lead Consultant and the Senior Consultant. When a grievance arises pertaining to continuing education programs or processes, course content, speakers, facilities, nonreceipt of certificates, and other miscellaneous occurrences the complainant is expected to submit a grievance form as soon as possible, so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion by Ebony Davis LCSW-C, or Senior Consultant, Norma Bravo LCSW. If the Lead Consultant cannot immediately resolve the issue, the Senior Consultant, Norma Bravo will be tasked with resolving the issue. All possible care will be taken to uphold the confidentiality of the complainant. The consultant will formulate a response to the complaint and recommend action if necessary, which will be conveyed directly to the complainant. A grievance concerning a specific course offering, content, or costs may be resolved by modifications to future offerings, and/or by providing a partial refund to the complainant, or an alternative opportunity. The participant who initiated the grievance is informed of the status of the complaint at all levels. The Senior Consultant will advise the Lead Consultant on any process and improvements as indicated by submitted grievances.

Course Interaction & System Requirements:

This live webinar is fully interactive and will use video conferencing tools. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions. Certificates of completion can be downloaded electronically after participants complete their online evaluation form at the end of class.

System requirements:

Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher*

Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher

Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

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