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Fri, Apr 15


Online Event

Preventing Implicit Bias for Those Who Support System-Involved Youth

Kelsey Pacha

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Preventing Implicit Bias for Those Who Support System-Involved Youth
Preventing Implicit Bias for Those Who Support System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Apr 15, 2022, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Kelsey Pacha

Training Description

This training will assist support providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of the youth they support who are in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly when others are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth, and the federal & California state laws & statutes governing non-discrimination in provision of care.

Learning Objectives

· Reflect on their unique combination of identities.

· Define intersectionality and recognize how their identities interact to create privilege or marginalization in relation to the system involved youth they support.

· Define implicit bias, stereotype, prejudice, discrimination, and other aspects of the cycle of oppression.

· Take one Harvard Implicit Bias Test and reflect on our results.

· Discuss cultural barriers to therapy.

· Explore four therapeutic models (Client-Centered, Critical Race Theory, Person-in-Environment, and Trauma-Informed Care) to reduce bias and empower system involved youth and families.

· Apply these four frameworks to a case study.


9:30-9:35am Introductions, community agreements

9:35-10:45am  Activity:​ Identity map individual activity. Breakout group ID map discussion. Analyze two example identity maps for relative privilege and marginalization. Discuss protected classes. Define:​ Intersectionality. Discuss ways identities affect access to effective support—i.e. distrust of psychotherapists, historical trauma in health systems, culture-bound syndromes

10:45-11am Break (CEUs will not be offered for this time)

11am-12pm  Define:​ Implicit bias/prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination as part of the cycle of oppression framework. Demonstration of Harvard Project Implicit test. Each participant takes Harvard Project Implicit (Skin Tone) test. Self-reflect and discuss: Results of Project Implicit test

12-12:30pm  Lunch (CEUs will not be offered for this time)

12:30-12:45pm  Embodied check-in

12:45-2:15pm Discuss: Ways our implicit biases impact interactions with youth and families. Define:​ Microaggressions (microassault, microinsult, microinvalidation.) ​Video: What is a microaggression? M​icroaggressions roleplay, pair share

2:15-2:30pm Break (CEUs will not be offered for this time)

2:30-3:45pm Best practices: Providers with privilege, providers with marginalized identities. Harm reduction and constellation of choices re: supporting youth and families experiencing institutional oppression. Review: APA Best practices for multicultural engagement. Best practices: Four frameworks for addressing power and privilege with youth and families: client-centered, critical race theory, person-in-environment, and trauma-informed.

3:45-4:20pm Activity:Roleplay in small groups. Discuss: Roleplay approaches. Self-reflection: What did you learn today you can take into your practice?

4:20-4:30pm Questions & Answers and evaluations

Meet Our Trainer

Kelsey Pacha, MA, M.Div. is a trans man who has worked with marginalized communities for 15+ years in a variety of settings. He holds a Master of Religion and Psychology, Master of Divinity, and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is the owner of Kelsey Pacha Consulting, which supports the work of institutions and individuals in increasing their capacity for cultural humility and social justice-informed institutional change. Kelsey offers educational trainings and LGBTQ workplace policy expertise with an emphasis on practical skills, identity awareness, and personal empowerment. He regularly works with corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion officers and LGBTQ affinity groups, as well as legal, clinical, medical, and direct service

(including child welfare and faith leader) personnel. 

This course meets the qualifications for (6) BBS CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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