DSW Alums Keep Up the Collaboration
2017 Doctor of Social Work alumni, Will Wong and Retchenda George-Bettisworth, co-presented at the CWLA (Child Welfare League of America) National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times, April 26-29 in Washington, D.C. Their Learning Lab was titled, "Building Resilience in Changing Times Through Pursuit of Cultural Competencies: Enhancing Child Welfare Worker Education and Retention," and brought together their research and practice interests that they discovered while students together in the DSW program, and have continued to cultivate as alumni.
Abstract: Public child welfare workers and administrators often contend with politicized agendas that can cause practice dissonance impacting client outcomes and contribute to workforce issues. Client-centered practice becomes minimized in favor of standardized interventions that unintentionally stereotype and prejudice outcomes contributing to racial disproportionality. Ineffective interventions then decrease worker efficacy leading to turnover or job disengagement. With attention to diversity, this presentation seeks to help practitioners realize challenges as pro-active opportunities to build a resilient workforce through cultural humility competencies reflected in social work education. Models of cultural humility and resiliency are presented in this session.
Presenter(s): William Wong, Cal State LA School of Social Work, Los Angeles, CA; and Retchenda George-Bettisworth, University of Alaska- Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK