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Ethics and Boundaries


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The long history of human services professionals is rooted in the core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. We strive to promote these core values in relevant Ethics and Boundaries continuing education offerings.

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Ethics and Boundaries: The Power of Privilege

Choice of Three Virtual Dates & Times
February 10, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (FULL)
February 17, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (FULL)
February 17, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $99

One way of honoring social workers’ ethical responsibility to broader society is to deepen our understanding of how systemic racism operates in contemporary U.S. society and its implications for the clients we serve. This includes attending to the ways in which racial privilege and power shape social work and our practices. In this class participants will critically analyze the ways in which racism shape social work. We will explore strategies for remaining conscious about racial privilege and for interrupting the misuse of power in our professional lives. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand how systemic racism disempowers communities of color and creates unearned power for white society
  • Recognize how power and privilege shape the profession and patterned behaviors
  • Identify strategies for interrupting the exercise of privilege in our own practices

What Animates Emily Drew About This Exploration


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Emily M. Drew
Emily Drew, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University where she teaches courses about racism, white supremacy, education and social change.

Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew is a core trainer and facilitator for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. She currently works with an Oregon coalition for immigrant rights, and is in the process of publishing new research about mixed-status Latino families living “Under One Roof."

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