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Navigating Microaggressions Through the Lens of Clinicians of Color

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
12 - 1:30 p.m. ET

Offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of one and one-half (1.5) continuing education hours.

Registration will close at midnight of the day before the class.

While social workers work to raise our collective voices of protest against blatant forms of racism in society, we may be less sensitive to “the subtle, cumulative mini-assault [that] is the substance of today’s racism” (Sue et al., 2007) present in our profession. Microaggressions are often illusive and nuanced, verbal and nonverbal acts that reflect the superiority, hostility, and discrimination of the dominant culture against a minority. They prove to be more insidious than overt forms of racism because they are easier to go unnamed and therefore, invalidated.

Especially in the current political environment, it is imperative that social workers increase our attunement and consciousness of microaggressions, not only in society at large, but also in our profession. This class will review ways in which racial microaggressions are experienced by and impact clinicians of color in a variety of settings. It seeks to illuminate a framework to understand clinicians’ disenfranchised experiences, particularly in clinical environments that are susceptible to act as depositories of transference and countertransference. From the perspective of the professional experience of clinicians of color and a review of literature, we will explore ways to forge critical awareness of the subject. The goals of the presentation are for participants to critically reflect on their practice, become more informed and thereby support, and ultimately create alliances with their peer clinicians of color.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Define microaggressions and its categories.
  2. Identify and delineate microaggressions in social work practice settings.
  3. Understand the cumulative impact of microaggressions on the clinician of color and its implications on the profession
  4. Identify appropriate interventions to identify and ally with clinicians of color against acts of microaggressions

Eunju LeeEunju Lee, LCSW, MSOD, APHSW-C


Eunju Lee has a MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a MS in Organizational Development from American University. After working at the macro level in labor and human rights in her native Korea, she worked with NYC’s Asian community’s domestic violence survivors. Her focus then shifted to palliative and hospice care, the field where she has spent the past 12 years. She has worked with hospices in New York City, most recently as a SW manager of the second largest hospice agency in the city. She is currently the palliative care social worker at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a mentor in NYU Silver School's Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.


Saima ToppaSaima Toppa, LMSW


Saima Toppa is a therapist in private practice in New York City who specializes in working with adults and adolescents with significant anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her past professional experiences include providing grief counseling as a hospice social worker, advocacy to domestic violence survivors, and providing case management to individuals with severe mental illness. She strives to better serve a clinically diverse practice and understand the unique challenges invoked by being a person of color (both as a practitioner and as a client) in the therapeutic space.


Octavio Moreno-LomeliOctavio Moreno-Lomeli, LMSW


Octavio is a Clinical Social Worker at Memorial Sloan Kettering. He has an interest in mental health outcomes among the Latino community and bridging the gap in access to mental health care services. He has previous experience in working with survivors of domestic violence at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in Manhattan and as a substance-use counselor at an outpatient clinic in the Bronx.

Volume discounts are not applied at checkout. They will be issued as a refund.

  • Full Tuition - $45
  • GSS Alumni - $38
  • Current Fordham Field Instructor - $38
  • Current Fordham Adjunct Faculty - $38
  • SWHPN Member - $38
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $30 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $30
  • Veterans - $30
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $30
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $23
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $23
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $23
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class by the day before the class. You will need a computer and a reliable WiFi connection. The computer may be a desktop or a laptop. It may be an Apple or Windows computer.

If you have never used Zoom before, you will likely be prompted to download an applet, which is a small program that allows Zoom to communicate with your computer. This is safe and you will need to do this to join the class.

It is NOT advised that you participate using a table (e.g,.an iPad) or a cellular phone. The software is not optimized for these devices.

Please plan to join the online class 15 minutes before the start time to be sure that you don’t have any problems connecting. We cannot provide technical support to you and refunds won’t be offered if you have technical problems. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us at at least a few days before the class.