Understanding Implicit Bias
In order for nonprofits to be most effective, their staff members need to be able to work with one another and with potential partners while being mindful of the very real phenomenon of implicit/unconscious bias, personal assumptions that we carry about ourselves and others outside of our awareness. This involves openness to unearthing the biases that we all bring unwittingly into our work and a conscious effort to create alternative options for more equitable interactions, practices and outcomes.
This training will help nonprofit program staff identify and understand implicit bias—which can be an obstacle to cultural responsiveness, genuinely embracing, working with and continually learning about cultural differences. We will identify, discuss and address the behavioral traps and barriers that impede our working collaboratively and effectively, particularly across difference. In addition, we will identify and begin to practice other skills to develop more inclusive options for intervention and engagement with community partners and constituents.
Following this training, participants will be able to:
- Recognize and examine the role that implicit bias plays in creating barriers to being culturally responsive
- Develop or enhance their skills in applying behavioral strategies to address these potential blind spots, particularly as they relate to cultural differences
Audience: This training is best for program staff at nonprofit organizations.
Due to space limitations, up to two representatives per nonprofit may attend. Registration for this session is offered on a first-come first-served basis.
Richard Pinderhughes, Psy.D., Director of Programs and Senior Consultant, VISIONS, Inc.
Besides his administrative duties, Dr. Pinderhughes applies his clinical training to group facilitation in nonprofit, educational and healthcare settings, and consults on a wide range of institutional and organizational change issues from a multicultural perspective. He is also responsible for VISIONS’ Legacy Project, a summer program for youth. With a background in adoption issues, particularly transracial adoption, Dr. Pinderhughes has practiced individual, group and family therapy for 25 years in Greater Boston. He earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.