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Social Justice, Civility and Dialogue

2023 Utah NASW Workshop

NASWUT Chapter 0 57

The ​course is 9 AM - 11 AM Mountain ​Time

Offered over Zoom

2 Ethics CEU hours available

Is it possible to have the challenging social justice dialogues we need to have today with both civility and honest boldness?  

We say YES; it is not only possible but necessary for us to both bridge the differences that divide us and form the kinds of cooperative relationships necessary to deal with the social justice challenges that now confront us all.   

Dialogue is communication approach that promotes a “confirmation of otherness” as Martin Buber and M. Friedman proposed. Dialogue enables people with different viewpoints to form relationships across the differences that divide us.  Dialogue requires speaking with respect and listening for understanding. Dialogue is always nonviolent; violence and threat of violence creates a monologue because it silences the other.

Related to dialogue is the concept of civility. Civility is arguably the foundation of civilization.  According to The Institute for Civility in Government, "Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one's preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same."

Today, social workers arguably need training in dialogue participation, dialogue facilitation, and civility more than ever before. Our local communities and nation are currently challenged by systemic racism, political polarization, pandemic, climate change, and inequality.

In this largely experiential two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice knowledge, skills, and values in civility and dialogue training that they can use in their own social work practice, on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.


Links to Resources

Who We Are/What Is Civility? - LINK

The Confirmation of Otherness, in Family, Community, and Society - LINK

The Facilitators

We are two diverse colleagues, friends, and social workers who collectively have well over 50 years of experience in Dialogue Facilitation with Social Justice issues.

David Parker, PhD is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse. David consults with the educational, business, government and law enforcement communities on issues related to how their organizational is impacted by beliefs. He teaches the Inclusive Dialogue class for the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. David is the Vice President of the Utah National Association of Social Workers.

Drdave Derezotes, LCSW, PhD is retired Director of Peace and Conflict Studies in the College of Humanities, Chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. He has published seven textbooks and authored numerous articles and presentations. For the last thirty years, much of his teaching, pra

Magic and Mastery of Relational Ethics: Principles and Practices of Relational Ethics

Pamela King, LMFT, Chris Chickering, LMHC, and Victor Nelson, STM, LMFT

NASWUT Chapter 0 58

May 19th, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

This even is virtual only via zoom

6 ethics CEUs

The 6-hour workshop delivers a completely new and exciting take on the typically dry and often intimidating subject of relational ethics by presenting relevant ethical principles through the lens of close-up magic and improv.

Reconnecting Hope to Trauma Treatment and Suicide Prevention

Pamela King, LMFT

NASWUT Chapter 0 111

March 31st from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Event is offered virtually by zoom and in-person in Logan, UT

6 CEUs including 2 suicide prevention CEUs

This full day interactive workshop will address trauma recovery, hope, and resilience. Clients have ways they are already coping and useful personal strengths. Capitalizing on client resources contributes to effective, respectful treatment. Participants will leave with practical, solution-focused strategies for managing flashbacks, triggers, and post-trauma responses.

Ethics and the Political Divide: Viewpoint and Political Diversity in Social Work Education and Practice

NASWUT Chapter 0 239

Political polarization prevails in the United States as well as in other areas of the world (Boxell et al., 2021). While political action is inherent in democratic cultures, over-politicizing issues strains the social ties that strengthen families, communities, and nations. It interferes with finding sustainable and durable solutions to our most challenging problems. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the perils of politicizing social issues; people are making choices about mask-wearing, vaccines, and social distancing based on their political stance (Kerr et al., 2021). Unnecessary politicizing exposes programs and solutions to risks of repeal and replacement when political opponents are subsequently elected. The attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act reflects such risk. Social workers and other professionals work across the ecosystem to promote programs and practices that are evidence-based.

Social work proceeds at the speed of trust. Open inquiry that invites viewpoint diversity is more likely to produce greater trust, less politicized outcomes, and more durable solutions. One critically important place that this can be practiced is in the social work classroom. However, ideological domination of social work faculty and students (Ringstad, 2014) can compromise trust among professionals and within the discipline. Professionals need not take an ideological orthodox position to be effective in their practice (Lerner, 2020) but this requires peaceful pluralism and prioritizing people over politics. In this presentation, participants will learn to 1) enhance viewpoint and political diversity in education and practice; 2) recognize the basis for political and viewpoint diversity in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics (2021) as well as within other respective disciplines; 3) understand specific strategies and frameworks to serve politically diverse constituencies, including moral foundations theory (Graham, Haidt, and Nosek, 2009). The desired outcome is trust focused dialogue essential to social work practice and education. Although we contextualize our discussion within the field of social work, the presentation may provoke dialogue across disciplines. 


Matthew Watson, MSW, LCSW
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family Services – Manager of Administration

Zander Keig, MSW, LCSW
2020 NASW National Social Worker of the Year
Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism

NASW-Utah Student Townhall

NASWUT Chapter 0 57

The NASW Utah chapter board will be hosting another series of roundtable events for our BSW and MSW students. The goal of these events is to provide a forum for board members and students to engage in a professional exchange of information critical to understanding about the state of Social Work. 

Our student members and prospective members give us valuable information on opportunities for member development and support. Our Board has a wealth of information to impart to our emerging colleagues. We are better together! 

Topics include: licensure planning, networking strategies, issues related to micro, mezzo, and macro social work.


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