In child welfare, cultural humility challenges us to learn from the people with whom we work, reserve judgment, and bridge the cultural divide between our perspectives, in order to promote child safety, permanency, and well-being.

This 90 minute webinar will be led by Dr. Robert M. Ortega who developed the framework for cultural humility, along with Dr. Kathleen Coulborn Faller. The presenters will speak about culture, multiculturalism, intersectionality and how cultural humility connects to cultural competence and contributes to cultural responsiveness. This will include a video case example and discussion on how to apply the concepts to agency practice. They'll also cover the essential skills for bridging perspectives and discuss the real challenges of developing and sustaining cultural humility within your organization.

Presenter Information:

Dr. Robert Ortega is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. He teaches foundation and advanced interpersonal practice courses and is clinical consultant to the School of Social Work's Family Assessment Clinic. In terms of research, he specializes in the areas of mental health and child welfare, relationship development, group work practice, treatment interventions and service utilization. Ortega has presented and written extensively on these topics with a special focus on diversity and multiculturalism in research and practice. He is currently involved in several national research projects and organizations focusing on child welfare, adoption and child well-being issues. Professor Ortega will be receiving this year's 'Council on Social Work Education Distinguished Recent Contribution in Social Work Education' award for his work on cultural humility and culturally responsiveness practice.

Dr. Kathleen Coulborn Faller is Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families, School of Social Work at the University of Michigan and Director of the Family Assessment Clinic. She is involved in research, clinical work, teaching, training, and writing in the area of child welfare. She has written nine books and approximately 90 peer reviewed articles, conducted more than 300 juried international, national, and state conference presentations and presented more than 250 workshops addressing controversies of interviewing children about sexual abuse, the co-morbidity of child maltreatment and parental substance abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse, cultural competence in child welfare, and child welfare workforce issues.

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