Bias ~ Stereotypes ~ Generalizations ~ Boundaries ~ Comfort Zone
Join us for a reflective discussion on staying curious, challenging our knowledge and stretching beyond our comfort zones.
Presenters: Natalie Brooks Wilson, PhD, LCSW-R, ECMH-E® and Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IECMH-E®
Explore the intersection of implicit bias and professional boundaries. We know that boundaries are important. They allow us to create borders and edges to help us distinguish what is an effective professional relationship, they set limits and define the space of the work and they are critical for taking care of ourselves and taking care of others.
We don’t always think about our personal biases when we think about boundaries, but there is a natural overlap. We all have biases, those personal judgments that come from our brain’s need to make sense of the world. Our brains are always evaluating and categorizing situations. Sometimes this process is conscious, we actively choose to define, judge, and make decisions. But much of this process occurs below the surface of our thinking and is shaped by our past experiences that leave us vulnerable to stereotyping, making assumptions, and holding unreasoned judgments.
How do we stay curious, challenge our knowledge, think critically, and stretch our comfort zone? How can we name our struggles, acknowledge our mis-steps and grow our ability to be courageous and brave? While this can feel risky and scary, we all strive toward what Maya Angelou described, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better do better.”
Total length 3.3 hrs
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