Systemic Racism in Child Welfare Certificate Program

In response to APSAC’s commitment to work towards ending racism and implicit bias in the field of child maltreatment, an Anti-racism Commission was formed. The APSAC Cultural Diversity Committee decided its contribution to the Commission would be to develop a Systemic Racism in Child Welfare Certificate Program. It will be a Virtual Cultural Institute focused on supporting child maltreatment professionals and improving their response in working with African American children and families.

The committee acknowledges that racism for Blacks in the United States takes many forms and targets different groups such as Black descendants of African slaves, Blacks from other countries, as well as Africans whose experiences closely align with the immigrant perspective. The series will focus more on the first group, the African American perspective.

Participants will receive a certificate after attending 8 hours of sessions. Participants have the option to attend the sessions live or to view recordings on APSAC's Learning Management System (LMS). Only individuals who join the live session will be eligible to earn CE credit. More information on Continuing Education Credit. 

Currently scheduled sessions are described below. More sessions will be added soon, so please keep checking back. If you have any questions about the program, please contact

Upcoming Lectures 

Racism Amid Child Welfare Oversight: The Impact on Black Children and Families

This session will address the prevalence of disproportionality within the child welfare system as a result of systemic racism and oppression embedded in such institutions. Participants will be introduced to ways in which systemic racism impacts Black child welfare involved children and families and will brainstorm ideas for improving outcomes.

Psychology and Social Work CE credits are available for this session. Participants must attend in-person to receive credits

Disproportionate Representation: The Intersection of Race, Religion, and Region in America's Welfare System

Description Coming Soon.

December 9, 2020

1:30 - 5:00 pm ET

$25/ members, $75 non-members

Lectures must be purchased together

Past Lectures 

Applying the Social Ecological Model (SEM) to Promoting Child Well-Being in Black Families

This presentation will address how societal inequities contribute to the intergenerational trauma and resultant child maltreatment, and how an assets building approach that uses the SEM model can promote child-well being.

Hip Hop as Prevention and Intervention for Youth in Child Welfare  

Hip Hop is a global cultural medium that evolved from African American literary and musical forms from both the United States and the Caribbean as well as Pan-African cultural forms in Latin American and Africa. This workshop will focus on the historical roots of Hip Hop as an artistic medium, posit its use as an anti-racist and youth-centric art form within both prevention and intervention and provide empirical evidence of social-emotional, clinical, educational, and civic outcomes associated with Hip Hop. This session will be experiential, and include poetry, lyrics, music, and music videos.

Recordings available for purchase via the APSAC Learning Management System

$25/ members, $75 non-members

Lectures must be purchased together

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