Full course description
We draw from the paradigm of equity-minded practice in social work education to conceptualize this certificate program, which will support DCF supervisors and managers’ development of knowledge and skills integral to critically culturally competent, intersectional, and anti-oppressive practice (Johnson, Slayter and Simmons, 2021). Equity-mindedness is the perspective or mode of thinking and practice exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in client processes and outcomes (Council on Social Work Education, 2020). These practitioners take personal as well as institutional responsibility for the success of their clients, and critically reassess their own practices through engaging in reflectivity and reflexivity (Schön, 1983; 1987). Practitioners in this mode are intersectionality-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of oppressive practices in child welfare and ancillary systems. Our certificate program honors the need for social workers to be aware of a range of social identities, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, disability, sexuality, socioeconomic status (SES), and immigration status.
At the completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:
- Explain how their social identities inform their child welfare practice
- Use data to identify inequitable processes and outcomes by social identity statuses
- Discuss influences of various child welfare practices on processes and outcomes related to social identities
- Exercise agency to contribute to equitable processes and outcomes for clients and colleagues of all social identities
- View practice contexts and relationships as influenced by dynamics of privilege and oppression
- Self-monitor interactions with clients and colleagues of different social identities
Participants will engage in weekly, 1 hour and 45 minute synchronous Zoom meetings on (Mondays) and approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes of asynchronous coursework (e.g., online exercises, discussion posts, and assessments) for a total of four hours of learning per week. Participants will also be expected to read or view course-related materials in advance of synchronous meetings.
A total of 80 CEUs will be available through the SSU School of Social Work (60 for coursework, 20 for capstone). To be awarded with a certificate of completion, participants must complete 90% of the asynchronous and synchronous work required by the program, as well as all requirements for the capstone. You can track your progress towards completion by monitoring the "Grades" section in Canvas to see how you are doing on asynchronous work and the "Attendance" section in Canvas for the synchronous work. Please click on this link for the rubric related to obtaining your certificate and CEUs. If you have to miss a session, for credit, you must complete your discussion post AND email a response to the in-class activity materials posted on Canvas to the leader of the class session as posted above.
In between Zoom sessions, you will be assigned reading and discussion activities to complete on your own. Please click the "Modules" link on the left side of this page to go to the Weekly materials.
We look forward to working with you! If you have questions, please contact Elspeth Slayter, coordinator of the program (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shavon Fulcher, Mbita Mbao, Katie Peterson, and Elspeth Slayter
Certificate program faculty team