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LIVE CE Session: Intro to Unlearning Whiteness
Thursday, December 14, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Category: Webinars

This live, interactive session will discuss, explore, and cultivate a deep and somatic awareness of whiteness and its impact on individuals and the lives of those around them. Participants will be invited to dig deep into long-held patterns and assumptions and begin the work of loosening and shifting the behaviors that stem from them. Individuals interested in digging deep will be welcomed to join a longer 8-week course on unlearning whiteness facilitated by Cal and Anne.

After taking this class, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the historical privilege of whiteness and analyze the ways in which it has been centered within healthcare;
  2. Report an increased awareness and recognition of privilege;
  3. Critically examine institutional practices, policies, procedures, and systems that perpetuate white supremacy.

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern | 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

Cost: Complimentary for SWHPN members | $45 for nonmembers. Register here.

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN, #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2020 – 7/18/2023.

Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hour.



Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C (she/her)
Anne Kelemen is the Director of Psychosocial/Spiritual Care for the Section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC where she conducts patient care, teaches, and participates in a variety of research activities. Anne is the past-chair of SWHPN. In addition to her direct practice work, Anne is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Cal Cates (they/them), Executive Director, Healwell
Cal’s experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US and long-standing contemplative practice have informed their teaching style greatly. They are an award-winning writer, published researcher, international speaker, and the founder and Executive Director of Healwell.

They have trained thousands of healthcare providers in skills of resiliency, self-awareness, communication, and forgiveness. They have dedicated their career to advocacy in healthcare, massage therapy as social justice, and to revolutionizing education for healthcare providers. Cal has trained with Roshi Joan Halifax, Ram Dass, Frank Ostaseski, and other leaders in the field of contemplative care and has created curriculum and written for trade journals on topics ranging from end of life care to interdisciplinary education to racism and the endless ways that humans make it hard to live in successful, equitable harmony.

Cal’s favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human, and more flexible. In Cal’s experience, the most effective and compassionate providers are those who are willing to look deeply at themselves.

Contact: [email protected]