Event date: 10/26/2022 Export event
Mark Wills
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Social Work Practice in the Shadow of the Eugenic Legacy

NASW North Carolina

12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Social workers’ participation in the eugenics movement from the early 1900s onward is well documented, and calls upon us to examine our profession’s complicity in upholding systems of oppression and profound harm. North Carolina, in particular, is notable for its decades-long support for eugenic practices, and for the direct involvement of social workers in the process.

While eugenic sterilization is no longer legally sanctioned, narratives of “fitness”– and the sequestration and control of those who are deemed “unfit” – continue to pervade our clinical and programmatic discourses. This webinar will explore the social work profession’s eugenic legacy, and will identify present-day manifestations of the eugenic mindset, resulting in the continued targeting of those most marginalized and vulnerable. Participants will have opportunities for reflection, with the aim of deepening our commitments to upholding human dignity and self-determination.

Participants will:
  1. Describe the history and context of social workers’ participation in eugenic practices, with particular focus on North Carolina;
  2. Identify present-day manifestations of the eugenic legacy in clinical practice and in social welfare systems more broadly, including concepts of “fitness” and the sequestration and control of those deemed unfit; and
  3. List 3-4 critical reflection questions that social workers can use to guide thinking and action related to upholding human dignity and self-determination.
CE: 1.5 hours of CE will be provided for those who attend and request the CE for their social work license

Register for Social Work Practice in the Shadow of the Eugenic Legacy at https://www.naswnc.org/event/2022Eugenics.
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