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Recorded on Thursday, November 17, 2022

Presented by Dr. Emmanuel Cherilien

When attended in full, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists, 1.5 IL CEUs for Social Workers, 1.5 BBS CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers, 1.5 SHRM PDCs for Human Resource Professionals, or 1.5 CPDs for School Psychologists.

Workshop Description:

In this fast-changing world, there are growing concerns among employers on accommodating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The absence of DEI has denied segments of the workforce basic rights, social justice, respect, and dignity as human beings. Employees look to their leaders for solutions when times are challenging and expect them to do what is morally right. Leaders must make ethical decisions daily to protect the psychological safety of their staff. In this presentation, we will begin to identify various links between ethics and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.

The success of diversity, equity, and inclusion is dependent on ethical leaders and decision-makers. This presentation discusses the relationship between DEI and ethics in the changing world and workplace. Meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives must be a foundational part of your organization’s ethics—and not just because the world is demanding action. Diversity and inclusion initiatives should be a core component of an organization’s ethical framework. This presentation highlights three approaches to embed DEI practices and structures in the workplace: liberal, radical, and transformational.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this intermediate level program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify current policies and practices within their workplace that promote ethical diversity,
  2. Develop policies and programs that promote ethical diversity

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Emmanuel Cherilien is an Education Specialist (Ed.D.) with over 20 years of experience in the field of education and leadership. Dr. Cherilien also known as “Dr. Tank” currently serves as the Academic and DEI Chair on the Board of Directors for Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden County, NJ. He is a certified Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coach (Cornell University) focused on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. He is also an assistant professor of sociology, education consultant for multiple states, and the director of T.A.N.K Mentoring Program for all 21 counties in New Jersey (assisting ex-offenders and juveniles with re-entry success). He brings extensive expertise in a broad range of subjects including culturally relevant pedagogy, social emotional learning, and social justice. Dr. Tank’s research on college access in underserved communities inspired the formation of his company TANK EdDucates LLC. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he serves as the Social Justice Chair for the state of NJ and the Vice President of Nu Gamma Lambda.


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Workshop Pricing:

General Admission: $55

Continuing Education:

Target Audience: All mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected] There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.