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Certificate in Dismantling Oppression


This program meets the Michigan Public Health Code implicit bias training standards (R 338.7004) required for licensure or license renewal. Please note that implicit bias training is required for license renewals or applications occurring after June 1, 2022. If you are renewing or applying for licensure after June 1, 2022, you will need to complete implicit bias training. Please see the rules for more information.

Working towards social justice requires the intentional development of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture by intervening at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. The Certificate in Dismantling Oppression is designed for individuals in all areas of practice. Individuals and organizations that have a commitment to challenging social injustices will apply core concepts and strategies to disrupt oppression at interpersonal and institutional levels. Participants will learn how oppression interferes with achieving social justice within the United States, increase knowledge of anti-oppressive practices, and obtain tools to dismantle oppression using common agreements.

Power and Oppression - Foundation: This module supports participants in engaging with a structural framework of oppression, as well as the NASW Code of Ethics obligation to challenge social injustices. After a self-assessment of personal biases, common agreements will be introduced to be utilized while discussing dynamics of power and oppression.

Power and Oppression - Tools of Oppression: This module introduces four common tools, discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes, and generalizations, used to support the perpetuation of systemic oppression.

Tools of Oppression - Knowledge: This module will expand terms and definitions to increase knowledge and understanding of the "tools of oppression" as they relate to implicit and explicit bias and the impact on historically marginalized individuals and groups.

Anti-Oppression as a Strategy: This module provides information on policies, procedures, and practices that are recommended to mitigate the harmful impacts of oppression at the individual and institutional level.

Commitment to Action: This module is designed to support participants in creating a plan of action to actively engage in dismantling racism within their sphere of influence.

Practice Implications: This module identifies potential challenges and barriers to implementing anti-oppressive actions. Methods of implementation and advocacy of increasing access to resources in practice will be reviewed.


  • Identify biases by completing a self-assessment.
  • Describe a systems framework to oppression.
  • Identify ethical considerations related to dismantling oppression.
  • Identify common agreements to utilize when dismantling oppression.
  • Identify tools of oppression.
  • Utilize common agreements to utilize while engaging in dismantling oppression.
  • Describe ethical considerations related to dismantling oppression.
  • List and describe specific tools of oppression.
  • Differentiate between implicit and explicit bias.
  • Identify at least one impact of power and oppression.
  • Identify personal privileged and oppressed identities.
  • Describe epigenetics.
  • Outline research findings on the experience of traumatic stress as it relates to oppression.
  • Identify anti-oppressive strategies for policy and practice.
  • Describe methods to address conflicts and oppressive actions within an organization.
  • Describe area of influence and change.
  • Identify a strategy to respond when oppression is present.
  • Develop script to interrupt interpersonal oppression.
  • Create personal plan of accountability.
  • Describe potential challenges to interrupting oppression in practice and identify potential solutions.


January 18, 20226:00pm - 8:00pmPower and Oppression 101, Part A
January 25, 20226:00pm - 8:00pmPower and Oppression 101, Part B
February 1, 20226:00pm - 8:00pmTools of Oppression: Knowledge and Impact
February 8, 20226:00pm - 8:00pmAnti-Oppression as a Strategy
February 15, 20226:00pm - 8:00pmCommitment to Action
February 22, 20226:00pm - 8:00pmPractice Implications
hybrid certificate program


  • 1/18/2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 1/25/2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 2/1/2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 2/8/2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 2/15/2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 2/22/2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

CE Contact Hours

  • 1 ethics live interactive online
  • 11 regular live interactive online

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