2023.04.07 | Ethics Series, Part 2: Societal Trauma its Threat to Democracy and the Helping Professions


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2023.04.07 | 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. | Ethics Series, Part 2: Societal Trauma its Threat to Democracy and the Helping Professions

Trauma is as old as time itself, leaving its fingerprints on almost everything we and our ancestors have and will continue to touch. It is at the very heart of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. It is steeped in repeated acts of marginalization, violence, oppression and racism that overwhelms our individual and collective ability to cope. It threatens our institutions, our communities, and our ability to govern compassionately. The layers of distracting coping skills and comforting narratives that we have wrapped ourselves in, personally, professionally, and societally continue to harm us and others. It threatens our very democracy, challenges our code of ethics, and has the potential to derail our profession. In this workshop we will engage in transformational thinking and describe how resiliency and collective impact can benefit all of us.


  1. Review theories of oppression and trauma to assess the impact of systemic/institutionalized harm on clients and how they challenge our ethics.
  2. Critically analyze the systems that maintain differential access to power and privilege at the expense of marginalized others.
  3. Gain a deeper understanding of allyship skills and social work ethics to combat social injustice and oppression for competent practice in diverse communities.

2021 NASW Code of Ethics Standard 1.5 Cultural Competency:
b) Social workers should demonstrate knowledge that guides practice with clients of various cultures and be able to demonstrate skills in the provision of culturally informed services that empower marginalized individuals and groups. Social workers must take action against oppression, racism, discrimination, and inequities, and acknowledge personal privilege.
c) Social workers should demonstrate awareness and cultural humility by engaging in critical self-reflection (understanding their own bias and engaging in self-correction), recognizing clients as experts of their own culture, committing to lifelong learning, and holding institutions accountable for advancing cultural humility.

About the Presenter


Arabella Perez, DSW, MSW, LCSW Dr. Perez is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist of 30 years. She holds a Master’s and a Doctorate Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is a native Spanish speaker and the daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining UNE, Dr. Perez was a system of care director from 2005-2015, leading three Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for the state of Maine and the founder of a non-profit, THRIVE a technical assistance center for trauma-informed care. She is a graduate of the Hanley Leadership Development program and was awarded the Maine NASW Agency of the Year award in 2012. She is the 2022-2023 UNE teaching scholar on justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. In addition to teaching, she provides technical assistance and consultation to states and communities on the development of trauma-informed systems and provides system of care consultation through federal site monitoring and coaching for SAMHSA. She is a certified cultural competency trainer and presents and provides consultation extensively, both locally and nationally, on Trauma Systems Change, Professional Caregiver Stress and Resiliency, Organizational Healing and Resiliency, Cultural and Linguistic Competency issues, and Leadership Coaching. 


Contact Hours

    • 3 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
    • 3 Category I contact hours  for psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
    • 3 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
    • 3 contact hours pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the board of alcohol and drug counselors