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Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens

Thursday, November 18, 2021

9:00 - 10:15 am PT

FREE Virtual Event 

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Course Overview:

Building relationships with families who come into our system takes a level of self and cultural awareness, understanding and trust. Data shows that families of color are disproportionately represented in the foster care system, and experience poorer outcomes. This virtual training will provide some historical context associated with child welfare and the standards that our society upholds regarding parenting. It will include a discussion of types of racism and how they are at play in our global child welfare infrastructure. The training will focus on how child welfare professionals can collaborate with families to enhance their capacity to protect their own children, with a focus on family engagement as a key strategy. Participants will be invited to envision a new system and to articulate their own role in addressing racial equity.

About Dr. Jessica Pryce:

Dr. Pryce is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. For

over 10 years, she has been involved at multiple angles of child welfare (direct practice, teaching + training & policy and research). Her TED Talk on Implicit Racial Bias in Decision Making has since been viewed over 1.3 million times. Dr. Pryce has worked on the frontlines of child welfare, conducted primary research, been a policy advisor to Florida’s legislature and taught graduate level courses in child welfare. In 2019, she received a 5-year appointment to the Advisory Board of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, where she consults and advises on leadership and workforce interventions around the country. She currently sits on the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Panel, alongside judges and advocates who are working towards a more trauma informed approach within the judicial system. Her paramount goal includes re-building and leading a child welfare system that focuses on strengthening families instead of pulling them apart.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explore three areas in the mind of a child sexual abuse victim who is trapped in secret (pre-intervention)
  • Describe how the absence of a CAC and the high profile nature of a case can negatively impact the prosecution and the mental health of the victim
  • Give at least 2 examples of how Sasha was able to shift his perceptions, thoughts, logic, and beliefs and what he uses today to positively reinforce a healthy post-trauma life.

Continuing Education Units:

Cost: $20 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 1 hour of Continuing Education Units (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). CEUs are provided by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Kris Murphey at

Produced by the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition.

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