Understanding & Undoing Implicit Bias

This learning program engages learners with each other about implicit biases and how those biases contribute to racial disproportionality in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems — strengthening ACS’s practices to support children and families starts from within the individual. During this virtual session, learners deepen their understanding and discuss the influences of implicit bias on institutional racism and structural inequity. Learners also practice strategies to reduce implicit bias and enhance equitable decision making in their work. Before attending this virtual, instructor-led training, learners must complete all course prerequisites listed below and an online pre-test.


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff and supervisors working in Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Understand key concepts of implicit bias and causes of racial disproportionality in Child Welfare.
  • Have reviewed strategies to identify one’s own implicit biases and to recognize implicit bias in others.
  • Have analyzed how implicit bias affects decision-making, engagement and equitable outcomes.
  • Be trained to identify the connection between trauma, institutional racism, structural inequity and implicit bias.
  • Be able to employ individual strategies to reduce implicit bias.


Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed the Understanding and Undoing Implicit Bias eLearning training.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A 6.5-hour, virtual, instructor-led training.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 4.5 contact hours/0.45 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.



Register for this course by logging in to Cornerstone, browse for the course name and complete all information.  For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at WIhelpdesk@acs.nyc.gov or call (212) 748-1898.


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