A Body-Mind-Spirit Approach to Reducing Implicit Bias

Apr 23, 2021 08:30am -
Apr 23, 2021 11:45am

Event Description

A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach to Reducing Implicit Bias



Despite practitioners' good intentions and commitments to equity, implicit bias can operate to undermine the quality of programs and services and positive client outcomes. Functioning at an unconscious level, implicit biases influence a wide range of practitioner behaviors, including verbal and non-verbal communication and decision making. Everyone has implicit biases. They are robust, pervasive, and run counter to deeply held values and commitments. Practitioners who acknowledge this reality and work to identify and address these biases are empowered to minimize their negative consequences. This workshop will present a whole-self approach (e.g., body, heart/mind, and spirit) to increase practitioners' capacity to interrupt and reduce the effects of implicit bias on their practice. Participants will learn 1) individual-level de-biasing strategies; 2) organizational-level de-biasing strategies; and 3) resources to support their ongoing efforts to reduce implicit bias and its consequences. 


Learning Objectives

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the neurological and sociological factors that create and sustain implicit bias
  2. Recognize the effects of implicit bias on practitioner behavior and quality of programs, services, and client outcomes
  3. Use individual-level de-biasing strategies
  4. Advocate for organizational-level de-biasing strategies
  5. Locate resources to support individual-level and organizational-level implicit bias reduction efforts



Attendees will earn 3.0 Category I Contact Hours, including 2.0 Ethics Hours.



  • Login time is 8:15am; Training is 8:30am-11:45am
  • This is a virtual training. A link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the beginning of the training.



Salome Raheim PhD, MSW, ACSW

Dr. Salome Raheim is Dean Emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany—SUNY School of Social Welfare. Her areas of expertise include promoting equity in organizations and addressing implicit bias, as well as mindfulness and other integrative body-mind-spirit practices. During her 40+ year career, she has provided direct services as a psychiatric social worker, led two schools of social work (University of Connecticut and University of Iowa), and made presentations to thousands of practitioners. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Raheim holds the PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, MSW from Catholic University of America, MA in Integrative Health and Healing from the Graduate Institute, and BSW from Bowie State University.  She is a systemic constellations facilitator, reiki practitioner, and a certified chair yoga and mindfulness instructor. Dr. Raheim received the NASW Pioneer Award in 2015.


Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after training)

NASW Member    $50
Non-Member       $72



This will be a virtual training. Registrants will be sent an online link the day prior to the training.



Please plan to login by 8:15 am. The training begins at 8:30 am and ends at 11:45 am.



If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.    

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Feb 28, 2021.
Regular registration starts on Mar 01, 2021 and ends on Apr 21, 2021.
Late registration starts on Apr 22, 2021.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 3.0 CE Hours
Member Fee: $50.00$50.00$50.00
Non-Member Fee: $72.00$72.00$72.00