Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

August 11 Program

Rene Castro, MSW, Principal, Facilitation Lab LLC

"Use of Self: An Interactive Exploration of Personal Identity, Power, Privilege and Oppression"


Thursday, August 11, 2016


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB provides 1 CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider unit to MFTs/LCSWs in full attendance (free to EALB CEU members, $20 for non-CEU members). Provider number: 130171

Contact: (562) 895-6639
Rene Castro, MSW Rene Castro, MSW, is a community and organizational facilitator and educator with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit and government sector. His professional history includes work related to hate crimes, intergroup conflict, diversity and inclusion and structural inequity. He is the Principal and Founder of Facilitation Lab, a private consulting firm whose mission is to achieve health equity in disadvantaged communities across California through social and economic development.

Ending abuse and violence in all its forms requires a deep personal commitment to vulnerable populations. But, many times we don’t discuss our own relationship to the work and how our personal stories and identity intersect with this complex problem. Why is it that we’ve chosen this work? How does this work connect with our personal history and identity? In social work we talk about the term: "Use of Self," essentially the ability to use one’s own history, identity, beliefs, experience, even trauma to better serve community and clients—essentially leveraging our experience in service of clients. This interactive exercise will explore various aspects of our personal identity: race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, experience etc. We will explore those aspects of our identity where we may carry some power and privilege or oppression. We will also discuss how these aspects of our identity intersect with our work—serving us or sometimes tripping us up. Along the way we hope to learn something about ourselves and each other that will enhance our community and sense of belonging. Finally, it is hoped that this exercise, in one small way, contributes to a movement for greater dialogue across our community and our nation at this time of questioning, fear and despair.

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