Uncomfortable AND Courageous Conversations: A Dialogue Which Challenges and Honors Beliefs About Race, Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality


A unique dialog, discussion, and training facilitated by two social workers/colleagues who have a deep friendship but are very different in many ways.


Dr. Terrilyn Hickman-Allen, LCSW and Kerry Arnold, LSW – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

October 4, 2022

A live, interactive, online training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89


Being in a relationship with people who don’t look like us poses challenges and opportunities. The courage to explore this is no small feat. However, when one engages in this practice, they are better for it. This workshop draws from the book, We Are Not Like Them, by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza. The book is told from alternating perspectives, centered around the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is dramatically altered by a tragic event—a powerful exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.

The facilitators of this workshop, both social workers and higher education professors, share similar demographics to the authors and main characters of this book and have engaged in and practiced dialogue which challenges and honors one another’s identity, race, spiritual backgrounds, and beliefs.

Training Objectives:

Participants attending this workshop will:

  • Examine their beliefs and biases about race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality and politics
  • Engage in conversations that are uncomfortable AND are courageous about their perceptions of others in the above-identified areas
  • Explore stereotypes and the context in which beliefs and messages are cultivated
  • Develop and practice dialogue to strengthen the foundation of work and personal relationships



9:30a-10a: Introduction and opening exercise about perceptions
10a-10:20a: Exercise debrief with groups
10:20a-10:50a: Debunking stereotypes and exploring context about beliefs
10:50a-11:05a: Break
11:05a-11:40a: Practice exercises to develop a foundation for uncomfortable and courageous conversations
11:40a-12p: Exercise debrief with groups
12p-12:30p: Strengthening relationships and wrap-up


CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.


About the Speakers:

Terrilyn A. Hickman-Allen, Ed.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Hickman-Allen is an Assistant Professor at Community College and currently provides clinical consultation through Hickman Educational Consulting. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College in Wilmington, DE, and a Clinical Social Worker for Vericare in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Dr. Hickman-Allen has been a Clinical Behavioral Health Therapist for New Court and Elder Services in Philadelphia, a Psychiatric Social Worker at the the Toledo Hospital, and a Private Therapist for Avenues to Healing, also in Toledo. Dr. Hickman-Allen has provided counseling, education, and therapeutic services in a variety of community-based settings for more than 27 years.


Kerry Arnold, M.S.W., LSW is a Full Time Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Health/Human Services program at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kerry is a Licensed Social Worker and received her M.S.W. from Temple University. For 32 years, she has been a behavior specialist, educator, and consultant to a myriad of agencies in the Tri-State area serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring disorders, which include substance abuse. Kerry has presented at city, state and national conferences in the area of recovery-centered, behavioral support planning for individuals receiving behavioral health services.   From 2008-2015, she was a primary consultant in New Jersey’s dual-disordered initiative in, spearheaded by Rutgers University.  Kerry has facilitated several conferences within Community College of Philadelphia, including LGBTQ awareness and Trauma-Informed Approaches.


Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a email containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email (training6000@gmail.com) prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee. Thank you.

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Event Details

  • October 4, 2022 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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