This training is dedicated to understanding implicit bias. This training is designed to help participants understand the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral roots and impacts of biases. Additionally, participants will learn tools and strategies to interrupt implicit biases and address microaggressions in ways that advance social justice and equity in one’s practice and within the counseling profession broadly.
Emphasis will be placed on interaction, group discussion, and case studies to aid in the application of identifying bias and making changes to one’s behavior. The theories and topics used are specific to this community, assisting in the long-term retention of these skills, and the ability of this particular population to recognize bias and to adjust their approach to diverse patient care.
In this presentation, participants will establish a framework for understanding concepts such as inclusion, equity, privilege, and microaggressions. Opportunities for participants to reflect on their own social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, ability, citizenship, age, religion, etc. will be provided. Participants will explore how their identities and experiences with power, privilege, and oppression impact their decision-making and sense of agency. This foundational knowledge allows for a better robust understanding of systemic inequity, and encourages vigorous engagement with eliminating biased behavior and thinking.
Implicit Bias for Professional Licensing
This presentation has been designed to fulfill the requirements of the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) general rule. In addition to being two hours, and using the approved definition of implicit bias “an attitude or internalized stereotype that affects an individual’s perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic”, this presentation also uses several other measures of meaningful for LARA licensure.
Jessica Jennrich (she/her/hers) is the Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity at Grand Valley State University. Jessica is a former and current grant partner for the American Association for University Women, the Office of Civil Right, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Jessica’s writing has been published in the Journal Progressive Policy and Practice, The National Women’s Studies Journal, the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Paradigm Magazine, Demeter Press, Contemporary Philosophy for the University Anthology. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in English, her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Women’s and Gender Studies, and her doctorate at the University of Missouri in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
About the Presentation
This presentation utilizes
- state recommended resources and material.
- a pre and post-test for participants to measure impact.
- case studies: alongside time for participants to connect, pair and share, and engage with one another, creating implicit bias-specific case-studies specific to this population for small groups to work together and discuss is crucial to understanding strategies to combating implicit bias.