Racial Justice

“Promoting Racial Justice in Ethical Decision-making” is not currently scheduled but available to be delivered to agencies.

THE COVID PANDEMIC HAS BROUGHT UNPRECEDENTED PRESSURE onto helping professionals in health, human services, and non-profit settings. In addition to the rapid spread of sometimes lethal sickness, hitting hard in communities of color, there is renewed scrutiny of unjust police practices and the way they impact members of the African-American community. The dramatic economic downturn has also negatively impacted communities of color and diminished resources available to agencies that provide urgently needed resources. 

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought renewed attention to racial inequities in our communities; it is imperative for helping professionals to center racial justice in the ways they work, particularly when it comes to clinical ethical decision-making. How do we deepen our commitment to racial justice beyond the usual statements about cultural competency and social justice? How do we update our own personal commitment to racial justice in how we tackle our work?


This webinar provides a forum for helping professionals to deepen their commitment to racial justice. It provides an ethical decision-making model that centers racial justice as it helps practitioners resolve ethical dilemmas related to the COVID pandemic and other racial inequities.

By the end of this scenario-driven webinar, participants will

  1. Appreciate and understand the ways codes of ethics inform professional decision-making and behavior in multiple fields of practice;
  2. Critically examine clinical codes of ethics to explore ways they perpetuate, as well as dismantle, white supremacist culture;
  3. Increase their self-awareness of the interplay of personal and cultural values and clinical ethical decision-making;
  4. Adopt an ethical decision-making model that centers racial justice; and
  5. Expand and deepen their personal and professional commitments to racial justice.


As a clinician, co-facilitator Tori Lopez, LCSW has worked with marginalized and traditionally underserved youth in the public school, community mental health, and criminal justice systems, with an interest in youth of color and LBGTQA+ individuals. She has also been a crisis responder who worked with individuals who struggle with chronic mental illness. She is a Wraparound Instructor for PSU’s System of Care Institute and has a part-time private practice where she offers counseling and clinical supervision.