The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey

 Cultural Competence Training Center
A Program of Center for Family Services formerly Family Services Association
Serving the Central/Southern Counties of New Jersey

Join us Friday, March 8th, 2019 
This training will provide opportunities for helping professionals to analyze the forces that have led to a lesser quality of life for the people we serve. It will offer tools to analyze and address structural racism and poverty to begin to transform the forces in a state that maintain poverty.
Within this training, we will use tools to gain knowledge of what effective storytelling for advocacy at the local, county, state, and federal levels looks like and how to work with clients to help them become effective advocates for themselves. We will also cover ways to unite stories to show the structural natural of oppression and poverty for effective social change.
Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1. D iscuss structural racism and poverty effectively- its causes and effects- in their clinical and non-clinical practice with people in client status, co-workers, students, and the community.   

2.  Participants will analyze poverty and the inseparable structural issues of race in creating barriers and lack of opportunity for some in New Jersey.

3. Discuss the structural barriers that prevent people from climbing out of poverty.

4. Discuss and identify how trauma can play a role in keeping people in poverty and the effects of self-advocacy and self-compassion in breaking down personal barriers.

5. Apply  policy solutions that can be use to work towards an end to structural racism and poverty in New Jersey.

Target Level: this workshop is suited for beginning and intermediate staff.


9:00am-  9:15am--  Welcome and Introductions

9:15am-10:15am--  The Truths of Poverty
10:15am-11:00am-- The Uncomfortable Truth: 
                                 Barriers and Solutions 

11:00am-11:10am--  Morning Break

11:10am-11:30am--  Legislative Advocacy

11:30am-12:00pm--  Policy & Practice

12:00pm -1:00 pm -- Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm--      Structural Racism, Poverty,
                           and Trauma

1:45pm-2:15pm--       Small Group Discussions -
                                  Structural racism and
                                  poverty manifestations

2:15pm - 2:25pm--    Afternoon Break

2:25pm -3:00pm--     Treatment, Self-Advocacy, 
                                  and Wellness  Review of the 
                                  10 tips to  healthy living.

3:00pm-3:30pm--      Summary and Wrap Up
Center for Family Services 
 Cultural Competence Training Center  brings to you 
Quincy Bloxom
Quincy is currently a Tri-Chair of New Jersey's Poor People Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and Organizational Consultant. He is also a Doctoral of Social Work student at the University of Southern California and President of the Board of Directors at the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey. Mr. Bloxom previously served as Director of Operations and Development to a holistic wellness substance abuse and mental health outpatient treatment facility. His past roles involved providing direct service delivery via mental health and substance abuse counseling. In addition to providing direct services to some of the most vulnerable in our society, he also created policies to implement best practices to serve individuals navigating through addiction to substances and mental health disorders.
Prior to becoming a social worker, Mr. Bloxom served in the US Army. During his enlistment he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and received multiple awards and decorations associated with his service and deployment under Operation Iraqi Freedom. Quincy is also a graduate of the APN and NJ Coalition to End Homelessness' Garden State Leaders program.

Rev. Dr. Charles Boyer
Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer is pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodbury,NJ. He works with various organizations building faith based moral arguments against racial inequities, such as the New Jersey Campaign For Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, the Coalition of Religious Leaders in New Jersey, the Sentencing Project, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the NAACP, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, NJ Citizen Action, NJ Get Out the Vote, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society's Faith in Action, and the National Juvenile Justice Network. He has represented the Social Action Commission of the AME Church in several capacities including, the United States Senate regarding solitary confinement, the House of Representatives for gun violence, and the Churches Uniting in Christ Conference regarding ecumenism and eradicating racism. 

Renee Koubiadis
Having grown up in poverty in New Jersey, Renee Koubiadis is deeply committed to identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent many people and families from meeting their basic needs. Renee has been an advocate and community organizer helping disempowered populations use their voices towards social change throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 15 years. Renee currently serves as the Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ. She previously served as the statewide Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers - NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) and the Assistant State Campaign Director for The Citizens' Campaign, a New Jersey non-partisan movement of hundreds of citizens dedicated to innovative government reform and promoting citizen leadership. In her various roles over the last 16 years, Renee has educated thousands of people on issues of poverty, leadership, and civic engagement. She served as Co-chair of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Transition Team Housing Committee. Renee was recently selected for the 2019 class of Lead New Jersey. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Media Mobilizing Project and the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness and serves on the Steering Committee of the Latino Action Network. Renee is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and holds an MSW from Temple University and a BASW from Rutgers University.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be mailed to participants within 10 business days after the completion of the course.

NJ Social Worker:

An application has been submitted for consideration of  5 social & cultural  competence CE credits for this course.

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Sponsored by: 
The Division of Mental Health & Addictions Services (DMHAS)

Registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and Addiction Agencies and self-help centers until February 22, 2019. Cancellations must be made by March 1, 2019.

Registration is FREE!
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Friaday, March 8 , 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cumberland County College 
3322 College Dr.
Vineland, NJ 08360

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