CPD: The ‘thinking, feeling, and doing of Anti-Racist Social Work’
Updated: May 19
Anti-Racist Social Work training led by:
Dr Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor of Sociology (Hon), University of Warwick and
Visiting Professor of Social Work, University of Chester.
Dr Makhan Shergill
Associate Professor and Director of Social Work, University of Warwick
Please note, these courses are for members of the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership only, please ensure you outline which organisation you work for when booking, spaces are limited, your booking will not be accepted or processed unless you have specified which partner you work for. Spaces on the courses are limited, therefore early booking is advised.
COURSES NOW FULLY BOOKED
Session 1: A contemporary understanding of Anti-Racist Social Work (ARSW) - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 29 June [09:30-12:30]
Audience: Social Workers within the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.
This introductory session will focus on outlining the theory, contexts and models that influence the shaping of contemporary understandings and approaches to Anti-Racist Social Work (ARSW).
The session will begin by outlining the evolution of the profession to locate contemporary social work in ongoing struggles about its true nature; continually being shaped by powerful social, economic, and political drivers. It will consider the current trajectory of social work in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the multiple endemic inequalities in society that have been exposed including poverty and racism.
We will consider aspects of terminology, definitions and how ARSW is aligned to the underlying values and ethics of the profession. We will consider the past and present nature of ARSW and consider the impact of racism for an individual and organisations and evaluate the progress that has been made in creating a fairer and just society.
This introductory session will conclude with the outlining the future shaping of ARSW and how you can play an active part, as a professional social worker or manager, in contributing to this professional and ethical imperative.
Session 2: Critical Conversations (Senior practitioners and Managers) - FULLY BOOKED
Friday 9 July [09:30-12:30]
Audience: Senior managers and senior practitioners within the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership
This session will be delivered in a round table format and consider actual real-life practice situations and dilemmas faced by senior practitioners and managers with the aim of exploring and developing constructive strategies and responses that can be implemented in the workplace. These situations may relate, for example, to dealing with racism among colleagues, supporting staff (students) who are subjected to racism from service users and how to inspire and lead on developing a workplace culture where ARSW dialogue can be fostered, and Anti-Racist practice harnessed.
Session 3: Critical Conversations (Practitioners) - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 20 July [09:30-12:30]
Audience: Frontline practitioners within the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership
This session will be delivered in a round table format and consider actual real-life practice situations faced by front line practitioners and how they may develop an ARSW approach in dealing with these.
This may include dealing with racism from service users, colleagues, or other professionals either as a direct victim or witness. This session will seek to enhance your confidence and commitment to developing an ARSW approach to your own practice and that of your team.