Equity from the Start: Promoting Social Justice in Early Childhood Programs | New York Zero-to-Three Network Annual Conference | June 14, 2019

Equity from the Start: Promoting Social Justice in Early Childhood Programs | New York Zero-to-Three Network Annual Conference | June 14, 2019


4 Live In-Person CE Credits. Must separately register for the course with New York Zero-To-Three Network CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE

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You are purchasing four (4) New York State LCSW, LMSW, LMHC, or LCAT Continuing Education (CE) credits. You will receive your two CEs after registering for and attending this New York Zero-To-Three event AND completing a course evaluation that will be emailed to you by Dancing Dialogue. You must register for the New York Zero-To-Three event to be eligible tor receive CE credit for the course.

Note you must register for the course separately with New York Zero-to-Three to earn your credits at this address.

Date + Time:

Friday, June 14, 2019
9AM – 3PM


130 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022

Course Description:

Early childhood programs abound with diversity in both the children and the families who participate. This diversity comes from differences across race, class, developmental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, languages spoken, and immigration status, to name a few. How do we, as early childhood professionals, develop our own awareness of the power and privilege afforded to some and of the oppression and marginalization foisted upon others on the basis of these identifiers? How can we make sure that we inadvertently don’t add to the weight of oppression experienced by the families we serve? How can we, instead, become instruments of social justice? 

Our keynote presenter, Eva Marie Shivers, JD, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Indigo Cultural Center, and our breakout presenters will address these questions. Dr. Shivers will begin the day looking at racial identity and how, through mindful transformation, we can be bias disruptors and champion social justice in early childhood programs. After her plenary presentation, we will break into small groups to discuss and process her talk. 

In the afternoon, breakout presenters will continue the exploration and include Michelle Gantt, Veera Mookerjee, Renee Ortega, Laurel Salmon, Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok and Lauren Tobing-Puente. Some will address the personal work required to develop intercultural competency, with a focus on self-reflection and therapeutic use of self, and others will focus on using restorative practices in early childhood classrooms to improve and repair relationships. Still others will address a range of challenges including international immigration, developmental differences, and incarceration. 

Breakout Session 1: The Four Questions: Power Dynamics in Therapeutic and Supervisory Relationships

Presented by: Laurel Salmon, LMFT

The 4 Questions is a framework created for doing clinical work and supervision that is critically informed by oppression analysis. The framework asks the clinician and the supervisor to examine the therapeutic and supervisory relationship in the context of power dynamics.

Breakout Session 2: Racial Literacy for Young Children and Ourselves

Presented by: Alexandra Martinez, MSW, MS.Ed & Quiana Jackson, MSW, MS.Ed

This workshop will examine the racial differences and similarities tenets of the Anti-Bias framework. This workshop will give educators and practitioners the opportunity to think critically about stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination and work together to create strategies on how to help children develop a positive sense of self and respectful understanding of others. In this workshop, we will highlight issues of race and equity that impact very young children and their families. We will also set the foundation for teachers and administrators to explore the impact of race in their own personal and professional lives in order to more effectively serve the children and families in their care. 

Breakout Session 3: How can enhancing self-awareness and therapeutic use of self improve Intercultural communication in and with diverse groups?

Presented by: Renee Ortega

Participants will be provided a brief overview of how heightened self –awareness and therapeutic use of self can improve intercultural communication in supporting the professional self, needs of the child and family and work place relations. Through case study participants will be able to explore examples of how greater self-awareness and therapeutic use of self-skills can increase intercultural communication amongst diverse groups. Strategies that can support intercultural communication through the use of self-reflection and therapeutic use of self will be shared. Time for q&a will be provided.

Breakout Session 4: Facing Unique Challenges of Diversity: Planning “person-in-environment” Approaches

Presented by: Veera Mookerjee, Ph.D, LMSW

In this session, participants will explore the intersection of immigration and diversity. Through videotape and discussion they will deepen their knowledge about the impact of immigration on families and enhance their cultural competence. They will then apply this knowledge to real life situations (both their own and the presenters) to address the challenges that immigration poses to families with young children.

Breakout Session 5: Partnering with Practitioners to Create Supportive Services for Formerly Incarcerated Parents

Presented by: Dr. Michelle Gantt, CEO Good Morning Parents
Through the incorporation of experiential knowledge and research-based strategies practitioners will be afforded the opportunity to identify unconscious biases and stereotypes. This workshop will promote continuous inclusion and educational opportunities for practitioners to establish meaningful and productive programs and services for formerly incarcerated parents. Additionally, practitioners will identify resources and strategies to significantly increase the successful reunification of children and families that experienced parental incarceration for generations. Practitioners will be inspired to recognize the resiliency of this special population.
Breakout Session 6: Diversity-Informed Practice: Brainstorming Mindfulness for Children who Have Developmental Challenges and Their Parents

Presented by: Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, LCSW, PhD & Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD 

Some think that young children with autism or other developmental challenges might not be able to participate in mindfulness activities. Vignettes will be presented so that attendees can visualize how mindfulness can, in fact, be helpful when working with children, with parents and with them together. With the theme of equity in early childhood practice in mind, the presenters will elaborate on using mindfulness with young children who have developmental challenges either within individual treatment of any kind or with their key parental figures. In the context of interpersonal neurobiology, what mindfulness is will be described. Findings from neurobiological research which lend support to the idea that young children with developmental challenges and their parents can benefit from mindfulness activities will be elaborated. Research highlights which undergird its use with numerous health, mental health and developmental conditions including autism, challenges with attention and focus, and ADHD-like symptoms, will be presented. Using activities, attendees will experience mindfulness themselves as well as have the opportunity to problem-solve a video vignette using mindfulness as a possible intervention strategy. Mindfulness will be illuminated as a restorative practice which has the potential to help improve and repair relationships, reduce stress and assist parents in disciplining their child. Participants from any discipline or level of experience are welcome; prior experience with mindfulness is not required. Practical resources will be recommended. 

Fee for Continuing Education Credits

$70 for 4 credit hours plus the paid registration fee for the course attendance. Note this $70 covers the Continuing Education credits only. You also must separately register here for the course.

Cost is $70 for 4 credit hour. For clinicians with more than one license, an additional CE certificate can be purchased towards your second license CE requirement at the cost of $25.

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