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Kate Barrow and Stacey Harward, BSW | October 13, 2020 | 12:30pm-1:30pm

Materials: PowerPoint


Cost: $25*

Fee waived for current UNC SSW students, faculty, and staff


Where: Live-stream only


Continuing Education Credit: 1 Hour


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About the Program: 

Community empowerment is a proven catalyst for advocating for social and systems change. Without community empowerment and collective action, we would not have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the historic and ongoing Civil Rights Movement or paid peer support services. People who access services, be it for mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or traumatic brain injuries are the subject matter experts of their lives and should lead the discussion on policy change and implementation.  Additionally, the session aims to help reframe the perspective of community members to a rights-based model, avoiding tokenism, to enable inclusion and participation as an essential tool to mobilize changes that enrich the lives of all people.


At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the 6 strategies of engagement
  • Articulate at least 2 components of a Rights-Based Model and how it positively impacts communities
  • Compare and contrast implicit bias and tokenism vs. values & modeling the way


About the Presenters:


Kate Barrow joined the Community Engagement and Empowerment Team in December 2018. Prior to her work with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, she worked for the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities where her role included coordinating the Partners in Policymaking program, participating in an interagency Community of Practice workgroup to address cultural and linguistic competencies in state government, provided grant management for the Self-Advocates of Indiana project, and staff support for the Council for People with Disabilities. Before working in state government, Kate spent over 10 years working in the non-profit field for the Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and The Arc of Indiana.


Stacey Harward graduated from Columbia College in 1993, she is a licensed BSW in the State of SC. She has worked in the field of Social Work for 23 years. Her work history started as Director of Social Services in two different Nursing Homes, then she worked as a supervisor for Columbia Health Care Services. At Columbia Health Care Services, she supervised 116 Social Workers who provided In Home Case Management to the elderly and HIV clients in SC. In subsequent positions she provided Case Management to children in Therapeutic Foster Care, during which time her case load included working in support of people deemed Medically Fragile and then worked as a Mental Health Specialist and provided Case Management for people receiving In Home Mental Health Services. She currently works as a Community Engagement Specialist for the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services.



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