Undoing Racism: Child Life Professional Development Workshop

Child Life of Greater NY is sponsoring an Undoing Racism workshop of Oct. 25 & 26 in New York City.

Join us for the workshop Undoing Racism. This workshop, using the lens of healthcare and its intersection with race will support Child Life Specialists as they examine their own bias, provide tools for dismantling and disrupting policies that diminish the very voices we aim to amplify.

The Undoing Racism​TM​/Community Organizing workshop is an intensive 2-day workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically constructed and that it can be “undone” when people understand where it comes from, how it functions, why it is perpetuated, and what we can do to dismantle it.

The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. Since its founding in 1980, The People’s Institute has trained over 1 million people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and internationally. It is recognized as one of the most effective anti-racist training and organizing institutions in the nation. ​www.pisab.org

The workshop addresses the following areas:
Analyzing power – ​Effective organizing requires an accurate analysis of the systems that keep racism in place. The training examines why people are poor, how institutions and organizations perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who benefits from the maintenance of the status quo.

Recognizing the internalized manifestations of racial oppression – ​The training explores how internalized racial oppression manifests itself both as Internalized Racial ​Inferiority and Internalized Racial ​Superiority​.

Defining racism – ​To undo racism, organizers and educators must understand what racism is, and how and why it was constructed. The training explores how the idea of “race” was created to implement systems that benefit some people and oppress and disadvantage others.

Understanding the manifestations of racism – ​Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings. The training examines the dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism.

Learning from history – ​Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the histories of people of color and white people as well. The training demonstrates that a full knowledge of history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and collective empowerment.

Sharing culture – ​The training process demonstrates that even as racism divides people, sharing culture unites us. Cultural sharing is a critical organizing tool and is central to the training.

Organizing to “Undo Racism​TM​”​ – ​The training explores principles of effective organizing, strategic techniques for supporting Poor communities getting a sense of their own power, the importance of accountability to community, and the internal dynamics of leadership development.

When: Event will be held on both Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th from 9 am-5 pm. Lunch will be provided.
Where: Please note that the event will be held in two locations: The Interchurch Center and Bank Street College of Education- more information provided after sign up.

Limited spots available for this event. Please contact us at CLGNYconference@gmail with questions.

Click here to register

Child Life and Social Media; Presentation at the CLGNY conference

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Last week I presented at the Child Life of Greater New York conference and it was an amazing experience. I had always wanted to present and submitted my abstract last spring. I even conquered my anxiety with public speaking, it may sound weird to some, but it is true.

My topic was titled, Like, Tweet, Pin: Connecting Your Program Through Social Media. I have been inspired to present on this topic as I have seen the momentum that Child Life Mommy has created.

When I first started the blog, I thought I would have just around 100 followers, well that goal has been exceeded and continues to grow with 1,600 followers, globally.

I have been able to connect with child life specialists, prospective students, educators, parents, pediatric patients, healthcare workers, non-profit organizations and many more. I had no idea that social media could connect me to so many amazing people virtually.

I have had the opportunity to stand on many different soapboxes; Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, LinkedIn, and WordPress to bring awareness to the child life profession and how the skills can be utilized in a multitude of different settings.

When I first started blogging, I was taken back by the lack of child life programs on social media. I think that there is a lot of fear, intimidation and not knowing how to get administration on board, by following their guidelines of HIPPA (patient protection). I spoke about strategies to overcome these challenges.

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I touched on how social media will bring awareness to programs, as well as connect with potential donors. Many people do not know about child life specialists and that the majority of them are financially supported by donations and grants.

I also covered how it brings a sense of normalcy to pediatric patients and their families. Many of them connect with social media to share their story, provide updates in health status, bring awareness to an illness or prevention of an accident. Families and patients can continue to stay connected with their child life specialists through the program’s social media sites, which helps with professional boundaries.

I received a lot of great feedback from the presentation and I even connected with a few after through Twitter and Facebook.

My goal is to see more of us connect and support each other through social media. It is a great way to network, share resources and just bring overall awareness to the profession.

I am also incredibly happy to announce that I will be elaborating on this topic with two other colleagues at the national Child Life Council Conference in May. It will be a panel presentation, providing information on how the three of us come from very different child life settings and use social media as a platform for our practices.

I would love to hear your feedback on this topic.

Have you thought about using social media for your organization or program?

Do you want to collaborate on a topic?

Thoughts? Ideas?