April 7 | Ethics: Societal Trauma its Threat to Democracy and the Helping Professions

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Online Course Evaluation – How it works:

We are trying a new process for course evaluations using our online course system. We hope this will ultimately provide a smoother experience for you by allowing you to access your certificate immediately after completing the course evaluation. Here is how it works:

After the live meeting ends, you will receive an email with an evaluation access code.

  1. Log into this online course
  2. Under Course Content, click “Step 1: Access Evaluation” and follow the instructions to enter the code.
  3. After you enter the code, you will be able to continue to the next step of the course and complete the evaluation.
  4. After you submit the evaluation, click Mark Complete and you will be able to download or print your certificate. The certificate will also be emailed to you as a PDF.

Trauma is as old as time itself, leaving its fingerprints on almost everything we and our ancestors have and will continue to touch. It is at the very heart of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. It is steeped in repeated acts of marginalization, violence, oppression and racism that overwhelms our individual and collective ability to cope. It threatens our institutions, our communities, and our ability to govern compassionately. The layers of distracting coping skills and comforting narratives that we have wrapped ourselves in, personally, professionally, and societally continue to harm us and others. It threatens our very democracy, challenges our code of ethics, and has the potential to derail our profession. In this workshop we will engage in transformational thinking and describe how resiliency and collective impact can benefit all of us.


  1. Review theories of oppression and trauma to assess the impact of systemic/institutionalized harm on clients and how they challenge our ethics.
  2. Critically analyze the systems that maintain differential access to power and privilege at the expense of marginalized others.
  3. Gain a deeper understanding of allyship skills and social work ethics to combat social injustice and oppression for competent practice in diverse communities,