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The Frank Daniels Endowed Lecture, sponsored by Matthew O. Howard, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information  | SLIDES | Handouts: 6-per-page and 3-per-page with note space

Monday, April 11, 2016, 12-2 pm, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  

When: MonMichelle Johnsonday, April 11, 2016, 12-2 pm, with a catered meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

CEUs2 hours

Fees: $35*/workshop (includes lunch).

*Free of charge for current UNC SSW students, faculty, staff, field instructors and task supervisors. (Field instructors and Task supervisors obtain coupon code from Field Office). *Additional $6 charge for psychologists for Category A credit. (please bring $6 on day of event)

Registration: online pre-registration    (You may pre-register up until the day prior to the program.)

Description: Much of what therapists strive to do is to help clients experience difficult emotions and avoid avoiding what they value for their lives. Yet, when it comes to matters of race and power, practitioners may avoid potentially charged topics that may seem peripheral to the therapy, yet are present in the room. Practitioners may struggle with the ethics of raising a concern that clients have not directly identified as relevant. In this workshop, Michelle Johnson explores how to work ethically with one’s own discomfort and assumptions and stop avoiding unspoken issues of racial oppression and subjugation that may lie at the heart of therapeutic work. This includes how to assess for relevance and safety given the layers that make up one’s cultural histories and current experience. She will also provide feedback on how genuineness and transparency support clients to tell their truths.

Trainer: Michelle Johnson, LCSW who works in private practice in Carrboro, wears many hats. In addition to working as a therapist, she is a yoga instructor, a clay artist, and a social justice activist. She is on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, is an ambassador with the Africa Yoga Project, and is a trainer for Dismantling Racism Works, dRWorks, a small training group that works with organizations and the community on understanding institutional and cultural racism. Prior positions include: Program Manager for the Pro Bono Counseling Network with Mental Health America of the Triangle, adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in the School of Social Work, Associate Director at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, psychotherapist at UNC-CH Counseling Center, and family specialist at East Chapel Hill High School.

Handouts: All handouts for the event will be posted on the top of this event’s page

Register Here

Learning Objectives: At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 1 principle in their professional code of ethics that requires practitioners to work effectively with clients, regardless of racial, ethnic, or other identity or group membership.
  2. Articulate at least 1 strategy for assessing the relevance of issues of racial oppression in clinical practice.
  3. Identify ethical questions involved with one’s own approach to “race”  and “power” within the therapeutic encounter.

Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and refund policies:  No refunds. You may transfer your place to a colleague. Please contact Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW at or (919) 843-5818 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs 2 hours

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  2 Contact Hours.  

The program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for hours of category A continuing education credit.

 Attendance Policy: – To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session. 

How to access UNC wireless: info on connecting to wireless at UNC

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at or 919-843-5818