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Wed, Mar 31


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General Overview of Implicit Bias for professionals working with system involved youth

Marya Wright, ASW

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General Overview of Implicit Bias for professionals working with system involved youth
General Overview of Implicit Bias for professionals working with system involved youth

Time & Location

Mar 31, 2021, 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, ASW

Training Description

The course will review how research has measured implicit beliefs and how the Implicit Association Test has been used as a tool to measure implicit biases. The training will review what is implicit bias, how attendees can evaluate how this may occur in their practice while working with system involved youth, how we make decisions, and the impact our decisions have on our practice. Attendees will be able to describe the difference between explicit and implicit bias. The course will list three examples of explicit and implicit biases, illustrate the impacts of implicit bias in the workplace, and encourage participant discussion on reducing the impact. Attendees will develop awareness to implicit bias and the impact it has on system-involved youth and families and will compare cultural values and backgrounds on how they impact biases.

Learning Objective

  • Evaluate how decision making impacts our practice when working with system involved youth and families
  • Describe the difference between explicit and implicit bias
  • Illustrate the impacts of implicit bias
  • List 3 examples of explicit and implicit biases


1:00pm – 1:30pm Welcome & Introductions

1:30pm – 2:00pm Agenda, Overview, Objectives and Learning Goals

2:00pm – 2:20pm Measuring Implicit Beliefs and Implicit Association Test (IAT)

2:20pm – 2:30pm What is implicit bias and How do we make decision

2:30pm – 2:45pm BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

2:45pm – 3:15pm Explicit vs. Implicit Bias

3:15pm – 3:30pm Individual, Institutional, Impacts and Reducing

3:30pm – 4:15pm Cultural Values

4:15pm – 4:30pm Timeline and Disagreements

4:30pm – 4:45pm Questions/Answers, Evaluation & Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Marya Wright, MSW is registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#81167) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences working to obtain her LCSW. Marya is currently employed as a Child Welfare Worker II in the Dependency Investigation Unit. Marya is responsible for conducting investigations and making assessments based on the Welfare & Institutions Code section 300 regarding child abuse, neglect and exploitation based off clear and convincing evidence of risk to the child and on the legality of Court intervention.

As a graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Marya focused on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing. Marya attended California State University, East Bay and graduated with a master’s degree in social work with a focus in Child Welfare Policy and research. Marya has conducted research in Child Sexual Exploitation and Foster Care. Marya is a lecturer at CSU, East Bay where she teaches in the Department of Sociology. Marya has been able to apply and build these skills across several leadership roles in both private and public sector organizations.

In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Marya has been responsible for training and facilitating, mentoring, coaching, recruitment and retention, consulting, program and curriculum development.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.5) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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