Environmental Justice as Social Work
2 CEUs for social workers of all practice areas and experience
Presenter: Christina L. Erickson, Ph.D., LISW (she/her/hers)
How does environmental justice intersect with social work practice? As the profession with justice at its heart, we cannot disconnect social and economic justice from its first source: the natural environment. Each of us has our own relationship with nature and animals - often unexamined. These relationships include privileges, oppressions, and tangible benefits and barriers that reflect consequences of human-centeredness. They also reflect our disparities of race, gender and wealth status. Building on this knowledge, expanded assessment and intervention strategies become available to all social workers, not just those who focus on the environment. Join us as we explore how all social work fields can blossom with attention to our natural world and our non-human relationships. With social work's growing view of what constitutes person-in-environment, our opportunity to reach wider and deeper in health and quality of life grows too.
About the Presenter
Christina Erickson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Social Work Department and the Environmental Studies Program at Augsburg University. She co-developed the Environmental Studies program at Augsburg and teaches the course Environmental Justice and Social Change for both majors. She is the current director of the BSW program and has directed Environmental Studies. Christina was on the national working group to develop the Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice in 2020. She is the author of Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
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