Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium

DEI Considerations for Social Work Professionals

A free GSWEC Lunch and Learn virtual series covering issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion designed for new and experienced practitioners. 

Log on, grab your lunch, and settle in for an energizing discussion!

CEUs are available for those eligible.

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This free series will consist of four, one hour-long sessions available on Zoom:

Each session will take place from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm PST.


Each session will be hosted by Gabriela Flores, who has over twenty-five years of experience working in the realm of health and human services, with an emphasis on language of inclusion, diversity, and equity and special issues of aging. She currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Metropolitan Community College.  Previously she served as the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Click here to learn more about Ms. Flores.

All GSWEC alumni, current students, faculty, and social work colleagues are encouraged to participate. It is made possible through a generous grant from the Unihealth Foundation.  CEUs are being kindly provided by Pacific Clinics.

Details on accessing CEUs below.

Course Course Objectives Dates
Session #1: Unconscious Bias for Healthcare Professionals (60 mins)
  • Describe the effects of unconscious bias in everyday interactions with students, colleagues, and team members.
  • Describe how bias and the processes of the unconscious mind can impact critical decisions and results.
  • Examine where personal and structural unconscious biases may reside across an organization.
  • Apply strategies to correct and mitigate personal unconscious biases and practice more conscious awareness.
Oct 19, 2023
(12:00 – 1:00 PST or 2:00 – 3:00 CST)


Session #2: Cultural Humility (60 mins)
  • Define cultural humility as it relates to trauma and toxic stress.
  • Describe how unconscious bias can affect the healing relationship between patients and families.
  • Recognize how you influence, and are influenced by, others.
  • Identify how cultural humility and trauma-informed care can promote reduction of health disparities.
Nov 1, 2023
(12:00 -1:00 PST or 2:00 – 3:00 CST)


Session #3: Understanding the Dynamics of Difference (60 mins)
  • Create an understanding of the dynamics of difference in cross-cultural interactions.
  • Define the range of the dynamics of difference, including power and privilege.
  • Explain the impact of personal culture and unconscious bias on communication.
Dec 8, 2023
(12:00 –1:00 PST or 2:00 – 3:00 CST)


Session #4: Addressing Social Determinants in a Healthcare Setting (60 Mins)
  • Define health inequities, social determinants of health and review key research findings related to the correlation.
  • Discuss how race, place, health literacy, and education are impacted by diversity and culture.
  • Explain the importance of social determinants of health.
Jan 12, 2024
(12:00 –1:00 PST or 2:00 – 3:00 CST)


About the Course CEUs

The GSWEC Lunch and Learns series meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. To earn the 1 hour of continuing education credit an individual must attend all 4 sessions of the series.

Pacific Clinics (Provider # 1000080) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s. Pacific Clinics maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

How do attendees claim the CEUs?

GSWEC will maintain an attendance roster with names of all participants and license numbers. GSWEC will only distribute a CE certificate to attendees who are present for the entire hour and complete the course evaluation.

About Pacific Clinics

Pacific Clinics delivers high-quality behavioral health and social services to advance health equity and well-being for children, adults, and families. Our 2,100-member team is dedicated to offering hope and unlocking the full potential of Californians of all ages through culturally responsive, trauma-informed, research-based services.

Who We Serve

Pacific Clinics serves children, transitional age youth, families, adults, and older adults. We offer a full range of mental and behavioral health services, foster care and social services, housing, continuing adult education and early childhood education programs to qualifying individuals and families. Our dedicated team of local experts offer culturally and linguistically relevant services in over 22 languages to meet the needs of our communities.

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