(Online) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Social and Human Services Training & Workshop


This virtual professional development program, offered by David Patrick, MSW, of Racial Equity & Justice Firm, is designed to deepen your awareness around diversity, equity and inclusivity within the social and human services fields and increase your ability to implement strategies to make your practice a safer space. This is a solution-focused program, focusing on individual and collaborative education, theory, education, philosophy, and action steps.

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To be informed as soon as the next session is announced, please sign up for the interest list.



This dynamic program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection. Participation is encouraged (though not required). This is NOT a pre-recorded program.

The Hutchinson Center has a limited number of computers (and plenty of Wi-Fi to go around). If you’d like to participate virtually via the Hutchinson Center, please request support via the form here.


PROGRAM BENEFITS                      

  • Increase your awareness of DEI approaches and professional intervention philosophies in social and human services
  • Identify and reflect on identity and privilege (personal and organizational)
  • Explore concepts, opportunities and practices not always considered in services and supports for protected class members
  • Learn how to build respect and trust with populations served by providers
  • Build tools to address both intentional & unintentional biases, jokes, phrases, assumptions, and stereotypes through equitable problem solving and cultural awareness
  • Establish a culturally aware and responsive approach to social and human services
  • Create processes to continue building a supportive, inclusive environment
  • Set and commit to achievable milestones for diversity in your space 
  • Advance your understanding of cultural awareness and differences in communication styles across diverse groups



This online professional development program is designed to benefit anyone who works in social and human services. We encourage you to sign up along with other people from your networks—an accountability partner goes a long way (and sometimes, discounts are available!).

The list below is an example of the kinds of professionals this program is designed for:

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Behavioral Management Aides
  • Case Management Workers
  • Child Protective Caseworkers
  • Community Health Worker or Health Education Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Life Coaches
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Probational Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • School and Career Counselors/Advisors
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Social workers
  • Social Work students
  • Therapists

All perspectives and opinions shared during this training are confidential.

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002 and we can help you figure it out.



David Patrick (Co-Founder of Racial Equity & Justice), MSW he/him/his

As an advocate for communities of color, David supports families, individuals, and students through his work as a co-founder of Racial Equity & Justice and Associate Director of The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. David combines experiential knowledge, social work education, and clinical problem-solving skills to build cross-cultural relationships, offer consultation, and provide mediation. His focus is working with strategic partners, stakeholders, and community leaders for policy development, policy implementation, and community change. As a speaker, writer, and facilitator, David offers candid reflections of his experiences as a person of color in both public and private life. As a social worker, David supports adoptive families with post-adoption support resources, advocacy, and mentorship. In addition, David has spent many years working with some of our most vulnerable neighbors through his work with individuals struggling with housing and homelessness, substance use disorders & recovery, and Crisis Intervention. Gardening is not only a method of healing for David but a resilient form of supporting and feeding his family and community members.

To learn more about Racial Equity & Justice Firm, click here.




Click here for more information about paying for your professional development, including information about need-based scholarships, group discounts and tips on how to get your employer on board.

Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.

Note: UMaine offers a number of ongoing programs related to racial justice, implicit bias, diversity and inclusion to the UMaine community. For more information about these programs, please visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.



50 participants



 2.5 hours / .2 CEUs are available.

Certificate of Completion Available Upon Request.

Learn more about Continuing Education Units here.



For more information or to request an accommodation contact um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002.


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