• The Work of Racial Justice on Phone Lines


The Work of Racial Justice on Phone Lines

JULY 22, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Deadline for registration is July 21

3 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in treatment for domain R1 and chemical dependency professionals in prevention in domain CC.

Level of Course | 200 Intermediate

The work of racial justice requires intentional actions to manifest a world where racial equity lives. In such a world, people will be supported with the external realities to support their attainment of “self-actualization” – their highest levels of personal wholeness, lived meaning, and interpersonal effectiveness. To create this evolved reality requires, as law professor and internationally recognized author Rhonda V. Magee proposes, the “Inner Work of Racial Justice.” This training, utilizing a framework of mindfulness and other contemplative practices, will explore the collective results of living in a country where white supremacy continues to live embolden and embodied within the very systems and structures of this nation. Whether we are racialized white people or people of color, the embodied impact is real, not just without us, but also deep within…. This training will afford an opportunity to pause and reflect on the embodiment of racialized trauma and white supremacy, with a focus on the path moving forward, starting with individual healing which will support the collective healing. This training will also provide some practical guidance on how we can support, as micro level clinicians and workers on the phone lines, racial justice with our callers by highlighting some of the opportunities where we can intervene within a racial justice framework to assist in the alleviation and transformation of the physical, environmental, economic, political and legal contexts of current oppression in caller’s lives. Course participants will also be able to ask questions via webinar chat during the Q&A portion of the course.


  1. Participants will be able to describe racial justice and a framework for intentional racial justice practice that they can use in their daily practice lives.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of racialized trauma.
  3. Participants will be able to identify contemplative practices to help themselves and others heal from racialized trauma.
  4. Participants will be able to identify the skills/tactics they can intentionally use within a racial justice framework to assist in the alleviation and transformation of oppression in the lives of their clients/callers.


  • 9:00am – Introduction and mindfulness activity and why this topic now
  • 9:15am – What is racial justice and a racial justice framework for practice
  • 10:00am – Break
  • 10:07am – What is racialized trauma and how does it manifest – signs and symptoms
  • 10:30am – Contemplative practices to heal from racialized trauma
  • 11:07am – Break
  • 11:15am – Applying a racial justice framework to practice – how can this manifest in our day to day work on the phone lines – case studies and discussion of skills and practical tactics.
  • 12:00am – Questions and answers, knowledge check
  • 12:15am – Adjourn

Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.

Presented by Lois Marie Clay Stepney, LISW-S

Curriculum Director, College of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Lois Marie Clay Stepney, MSW, LISW-S is a passionate adult educator who has taught social work practice courses in the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University for the past 18 years. Ms. Stepney has utilized her social work skills in the Columbus, OH community working primarily with children, adolescents and their adult caregivers, for most of her 25 years in the profession. She has clinical and administrative supervisory experience. Ms. Stepney is passionate about addressing the promotion of resilience and emotional wellbeing in helping professionals.


Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Register For 7/22 Training Here

Deadline for registration is July 21

Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068