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If you have questions or suggestions for topics, please submit to Tatyana Fertelmeyster

NIEAPA members shall seek to develop an awareness of their own personal and cultural values and beliefs as one way of appreciating the importance of multicultural identities in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve. NIEAPA members shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the values, traditions and systems of all employees at the workplaces they serve."


As a reminder, for the new 2021 licensure renewal cycle starting on December 1, 2021, and ending November 30, 2023, Illinois LSWs and LCSWs will have 3 additional/amended requirements for licensure renewal as required by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

One of the three additional/amended CEU requirements for licensure renewal, is one-hour (minimum) of a training on implicit bias awareness. Effective January 1, 2022, with the signing of Public Act 102-0004.

A quick recap: Implicit (unconscious) biases are “attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.” These biases can severely impact our efforts in creating a more diverse workplace. Twenty percent of large U.S. companies provide implicit bias trainings to their employees, and 50% of large U.S. companies will offer it over the next five years. By having mandatory trainings, will that somehow change the common workplace issues like bullying, interpersonal conflict, and harassment? I guess we will know in 5 years.

To get a head start in challenging our implicit biases, I would like for all of us to think about these questions.

  1. Have I acted differently when I met someone new that isn’t my gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation?
    1. Notice tone, body language, and language
  2. What factor(s) led me into meeting ________?
    1. Similarities and differences
  3. When I think of a doctor, therapist, or attorney what kind of person do I see?
    1. Race, gender, accent, age, etc.

Villagran, Michele & Dalton, Shamika. (October 2018). Minimizing and Addressing Implicit Bias in the Workplace: Be Proactive, Part One. University of Florida Levin College of Law.


Following is the beginning of a list of films, plays, books, TV shows, music - any artistic expression more or less that touches on issues of diversity. If you have suggestions, please email them to the Diversity Committee via Scott Janson


Get Out - Directed by Jordan Peele
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling pointClick here for discussion notes.


HIR - written by Taylor MacEm Grosland, Amy Morton, Ty Olwin and Francis GuinanPhoto Michael Brosilow
After a dishonorable discharge from the military for drug-related offenses, Isaac returns home from Afghanistan, expecting to confront his abusive father, protect his mother and sister, and relax into his old bedroom. His expectations are dashed, as he walks into a different kind of chaos. Click here for write up of performance provided by Scott Cullen-Benson.

(Photo Information: 
Em Grosland, Amy Morton, Ty Olwin and Francis Guinan/Photo: Michael Brosilow)

Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

Address: 400 E. Randolph #2305, Chicago. IL 60601
Phone: +1 (312) 756-7756
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